Sendak, M. (1963). Where the wild things are. New York, NY: Harper & Row.
This lovely story will live on for ages. This classic is known for its vibrant artwork, captivating scenes, and memorable storyline. The artwork’s composition, which is all of the art elements working together, help to bring Max into our children’s lives and live on. Sendak creates an amazing story about a boy’s magical journey to a land of, well… wild things! Max’s story about rebellion, and his way back form it, is terrifically portrayed through the amazing drawings and characters. The art combines many techniques and helps young children, as well as adults, appreciate Max’s story into this wild world of children’s dreams and back. Sendak does a great job of making his artwork compliment the story.
In the classroom, students can describe the ideas of cause and effect, why Sendak uses different words, and the different parts of a short story, which make up the plot.
Parents and children can talk about exploring the idea of a “time out” and how that affected Max. Children could also expand on whether there was a lesson learned or not.