Childhood is filled with many memories. These memories include special trips, birthday parties, holiday celebrations and friendships that developed to last a lifetime. Many memories surround the way we learned to see the World through experiences reading books. After all, most people will never see a whale, but how many of us will ever forget reading "Moby Dick"? "Where the Wild Things Are" made an impression on many young minds learning about life and what the World might have in store., the author of this classic book, died today at age 83.
The book's story line is endearing to children as well as adults. After Max’s mother called him a “wild thing," he said “I’ll eat you up." Max was sent to bed with no dinner. This began his journey toward imaginative play. Max is able to go out into his imaginative world while exploring and developing his adventurous side. It allows readers to let their minds loose, and the only thing limiting their fantasies is their own imagination. For more than 50 years this story has encouraged children to explore their own world and let their imaginations run “wild." Children are encouraged to go out to conquer the “wild things” in life, and this story gives them a starting place. Children learn how to address their fears and how to conquer them in this delightful story. The smell of dinner brought Max back to reality and he wanted to return home where his family was and he was happy.
The pictures in this book were drawn by Sendak as well. They leave a lasting impression in the minds of readers. They are not cute and fuzzy characters, they are monsters and they look like monsters. The pictures are designed to encourage the imaginations of children as they go from page to page.
There is also a big lesson to be learned by this book. As Max begins to let go of his emotions and let anger take over, he soon decides that is not how he wants to be in the real world. He learns that he has the power to control his own emotions and makes the decision to control his anger instead of letting anger control him. What a glorious lesson for children to carry with them throughout their lives.
Sendak authored other books as well. The story of a girl learning about abandonment and the power she can have in life is called "Outside Over There." The story about dreams and their impact is called "In the Night Kitchen."