Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Where the Wild Things Are

 "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, 1963

This Caldecott Award winning picture book has been a beloved favorite for generations. This is a story about a young boy named Max who is dressed up in a wolf costume and does multiple naughty things.

"his mother called him 'WILD THING!' and Max said, 'I'LL EAT YOU UP!', so he was sent to bed without eating anything."

While in his room, Max imagines a forest, and ocean, and a boat that he sails off to where the wild things live. They try to frighten him, but Max commands them to stop. They believe he is more wild than they are, and they make him king. Eventually Max becomes lonely and hungry, and he sets off for home. When he "came back", his supper was ready and waiting in his bedroom.

At one time or another, most children feel like wild things when they are disobedient and unhappy about something. They feel like they have no control over anything, and all they want is to be able to make decisions and also have fun. Kids often fantasize about a world like Max does where he rules over all and has a good time. Eventually, however, the children want to be accepted and love right at home with their families.