Where The Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are – an AWARD WINNING Book – The Caldecott Medal.

SWBAT: I can appreciate [or understand] authors and illustrators who break the mold. I can use digital tools – and create my own Wild Self. This will be a 2 part lesson.

K Grade will just create a wild creature – and will try to save in google drive [ downloads].

1st grade will create – save to google drive and place in google slide – using only 3 slides.

Maurice Sendak [1928 – 2012] -authors who broke the rules – CONTROVERSIAL

Like Seuss and Silverstein, Maurice Sendak wrote about a boy who misbehaved when books were suppose to have children who modeled good behavior. But author/illustrator Maurice Sendak sees Max as a normal child.

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Author Maurice Sendak

Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal

I’ve devoted my life to those other freaky kids

who lick, sniff, and carry on over their books

before they even read them.”

—Maurice Sendak, Childhood Books I Remember

A Few Highlights

  • Illustrated /authored over 80 books.
  • Change children’s books – controversy
  • National Medal of Arts – called it his first grown up award.
  • Wild Things was going to be be Where the Wild Horses Are – but he couldn’t draw horses.
  • The Monsters are modeled after his relatives. [ and World War II]
  • It is President Obama’s favorite book.

– Excerpt from the Los Angeles Times

“In Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” less — 10 sentences, 37 pages, 338 words — became more: a much-loved children’s book that’s sold more than 19 million copies worldwide, 10 million in the U.S.” by Kenneth Turner

– From Mental Floss:

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.” – Maurice Sendak

Make Your Own Wild Self with the New York Zoos and Aquarium Site






Step 1 – Make Wild Self & save to Downloads in Google Drive

Step 2 – try to make a 3 Slide Presentation with Google Slides

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