Children's Book: Where The Wild Things Are
My Review of Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Where The Wild Things Are was written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak in 1963, and reissued in 1991. It's the story of Max, a mischievous, little boy who wonders off on an imaginative adventure. The boy's adventures began after his mother sends him to his room for his misbehavior. He enjoys the ferocious monsters, who crown him the king of monsters. When the boy bores, he realizes he misses the comforts and love of home.
The illustrations are big, bold, adventurous, and endearing. The Wild Things are not overly ferocious looking, but still provide the wild feeling of adventure and the unknown.
There was controversy with this book (and others by Sendak). When it was first issued, the book received criticism from parents who did not think a mischievous boy should be the main character or role model.
My son loved this book when he was little. We still have the book, though he's now a teen. It's a classic with generations of kids loving the story. I remember reading it to my son when he was in first grade. It's a short book, with illustrations making the greatest impact of the story. My son enjoyed the adventure involved in the story. It told of a place where parents didn't exist, and a kid could be a king. Those elements resound strongly for children.
I did remind my son about the positive aspects and lessons, such as when Max missed home and his parents, and that his mom had left him dinner (though she threatened him to go without dinner earlier in the book). I added Max should've apologized for not listening to her earlier. Along with the lessons, I thought the sense of imagination and entertaining oneself were important to convey to kids.
Topics in this lens: lesson plans for Where The Wild Things Are (K-12 in multiple topics, like literature, math, science, art, and music); how to make your own Max costume, where to find adult costumes, unique collectibles, other books by Maurice Sendak, videos narrating one of his books and an interview with Sendak. Enjoy!!
June 10, 1928 - May 8, 2012
Rest in Peace ~ and thank you for all you gave us.
Where The Wild Things Are Book
A classic children's tale that embraces the creativity and imagination of kids.
The best line ever:
Let the wild rumpus start!
Where The Wild Things Are Activities - Where The Wild Things Are Book: Educational Lessons
If you're a teacher or homeschool educator, you'll find lots of fun and educational lessons with these Where The Wild Things Are Activities.
- Elements of a Story: Language Arts Lesson Plan, Where The Wild Things Are
A K-2 Lesson Plans Page lesson plan, using the book, Where The Wild Things Are. LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Students will be able to identify passages that indicate setting, characters, problem (events), and solution in a story.
- Where The Wild Things Are -- Language Arts lesson
Wild Things ...During our study of animals, I read Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. After reading and discussing the story, my class turned their attention to the wild things in the story - which animals they resembled, their features, a
- American Masters . For Teachers | PBS
Maurice Sendak has captured the imaginations of young readers for many years. This American Master's series lesson for teachers contains activities for both elementary and middle school students. Early elementary students will read books written and/
- Where The Wild Things Are -- Literature Unit
Unit includes math, science, phonics, language arts, art, and music. Students will create a book to present to the school's preschool detailing what we learned in this unit. The book will be separated into three segments: plants, animals, and all ab
- "Where the Wild Things Are" Sorting - Math Lesson Plan, Thematic Unit, Activity, Worksheet, or Teach
"Where the Wild Things Are" Sorting, By - Pam Powers Primary Subject - Language Arts Secondary Subjects - Math, Social Studies, Multidisciplinary Grade Level - K
- Lesson Plan: WildThings - Using Imaginiation
Students implement textures and patterns in creating an imaginary "Wild Thing". the book and illustrations in Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak serve as Inspiration. Previous lesson, students created imaginary animals from scrap/found objec
- PEC: Lesson Plans for Physical Education
"Where The Wild Things Are" Field Day Purpose of Activity: This year our Reading Incentive Program is based on the Caldecott Medal winning book, "Where the Wild Things Are". This field day is an effort to collaborate in the school-wide program. Sug
- Maurice Sendak -- About The Author Lesson Plan
Share the story of Maurice Sendak with your students, and assign the related activities to help them learn more about this talented author. For Grades 5 - 8
- "Where the Wild Things Are" Geography Lesson - Associated Content
Overview: This lesson will give students a basic overview of the geography of islands. They will learn where islands are located throughout the world. Students will explore the islands' flora and fauna, languages, and climates and cultures.
President Obama Reads the Book, Where The Wild Things Are
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Maurice Sendak Gallery - don't miss it!
The Maurice Sendak Gallery was inaugurated in April 2003 in conjunction with the Rosenbach Museum & Library's grand re-opening celebration. The Gallery is dedicated to showcasing the works and personal collections of longtime trustee and supporter Maurice Sendak.
- Rosenbach Museum - Maurice Sendak Gallery
Maurice Sendak Gallery is on permanent exhibition within the Rosenbach Museum.
Wildly imaginative - the mind of a child that lives within us all.
Where The Wild Things Are Trailer
Where The Wild Things Are DVD
Make a rumpus whenever you desire with your own copy of Where The Wild Things Are film.
Family fun of a classic children's book.
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Where The Wild Things Are Costumes - Dress Up Like A Wild Thing
Do your kids want to dress up like Max or one of the Wild Things for Halloween? Kids (and some adult) costumes are popping up all over. Have fun, and let the wild rumpus start!
Where The Wild Things Are Costumes -- Make It Yourself
For the creative types, or those who know how to sew, here are some great sites on how to make your own Wild Thing.
- Max from Where the Wild Things Are Halloween Costume - Make It Yourself
On October 16 the Spike Jonze live-action movie based on Maurice Sendak's bookWhere the Wild Things Are will come out in theaters which means surely Max and his wolf suit will be a hit Halloween costume this year.
- Sew a Where the Wild Things Are hat + pattern!
Are you guys excited for the movie? I'm geeking out over here. I'm totally wearing this opening night. This is a reall...
- Where The Wild Things Are – Moishe | TutuToday
Â Max and Moishe -- Must add modeling clay to the paper mache head for dimensions and contour. Two eyes made with one tennis ball cut in half. Nose made with tennis ball cut down the middle, squished together with duct tape and duct tape put at ...
A Homemade Max Costume
Start with grey sweatpants and a sweatshirt (with a hoodie to attach ears).
Where The Wild Things Are Shirts
These shirts displaying famous images of Where The Wild Things Are will soon be your absolute favorite. You can find one for everyone in your family - colors, sizes and styles offer options for all.
Where The Wild Things Are Pajamas
I love things that pull double-duty, and these pajamas could also be worn as a costume. Check out the adult wolf jammies and accessories to make you a true Wild Thing!
- Wild Things Adult Wolf Pajamas
Our Wild Thing Adult Costume is inspired by the children's Book,
- Where the Wild Things are Pajamas - Boy's Sleepwear & Pajamas
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- Wild Things Wolf Pajamas
Wild Things Wolf Pajamas-Unleash your child's inner wild thing with our hand-tailored wolf pajamas. The soft, comfy fleece will keep your little monster warm on his or her adventures, day or night. Great as a costume for special occasions or for ever
Award Winning Illustrator and Author
Maurice Sendak won many awards and honors for his work in children's literature. Some notable honors include:
Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are (1964)
Hans Christian Andersen International Medal (1970) for his body of children's book illustration
American Book Award recipient for Outside Over There (1982)
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his contributions to children's literature (1983)
Sendak was honored by the President of the United States with the National Medal of Arts (1996)
Maurice Sendak and Austrian author Christine Noestlinger shared the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Literature (2003)
Books by Maurice Sendak - Vote for your favorites, or add your own favorite stories by Maurice Sendak.
Have your read Sendak's books other than Where The Wild Things Are? Vote for your favorites!
Books About Author/Illustrator Maurice Sendak
Check out these titles for even more information, photos, and interpretations of the work of Maurice Sendak.
Maurice Sendak - In His Own Words
Illustrator and author Maurice Sendak pulls no punches on his ideas of illustration, childhood, and what makes a children's book.
Children's Lit Controversy
Maurice Sendak received criticism for his work because he delved into themes not usually associated with children's literature. Where The Wild Things Are was criticized for including a mischievous child and dark creatures. In the Night Kitchen has elements of sensuousness with the main character illustrated without clothing. What do you think the criteria should be?
Should Children's Literature Be Censored To Eliminate Darker Themes?
Collect Where The Wild Things Are Memorabilia
Kids will love to get these extra treats to go along with the book and movie. Enjoy seeing your favorite characters come to life in these collectibles.