Maurice Sendak… and…
Whenever my students and I were having a wild day, all we had to do was read “Where the Wild Things Are” and we pow! We calmed down right down. Big kids, little kids, the teachers and I… It was like magic. Someone gifted me little “Where the Wild Things Are” puppets, and we had fun playing with those, with the puppet stage. (Another gift. Donors are the best.) “Chicken Soup with Rice” worked wonders for us, too. And of course the littles love “In the Night Kitchen” for many reasons, all of them naughty.
“Julie of the Wolves” and “My Side of the Mountain” are both long-time favorites. The family and I just watched the 1969 film last weekend, oddly enough. It was fun. Of course I went to her website and read them a bunch of stuff, showed them pictures and told them about the million-billion times I saw the film with the other neighborhood kids at the Roseway Theater. Summer Movie Series, how I loved you.
Fuentes was amazing.
Damn. Thanks for the good work, y’all. You really will live on forever.