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[Photo Journal] Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore


Myra here.

Beginning in 2015, we will be sharing photographs on Tuesdays about our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

When we were in Baltimore, November of last year, a good friend advised me to visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library. My family and I are very fortunate that we have such gracious hosts who brought us to this lovely place. And surprise of all surprises, there was also an ongoing Memorial Exhibition for Maurice Sendak the day that we came to visit. Here are some of the pictures that we took while we were there.


“A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful.”
― Maurice Sendak


“Oh, please don’t go—we’ll eat you up—we love you so!” 
― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are


“There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen” 
― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are


“And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.” 
― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are


“You cannot write for children. They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them. ” 
― Maurice Sendak


“And [he] sailed back over a year
and in and out of weeks
and through a day 
and into the night of his very own room
where he found his supper waiting for him
and it was still hot” 
― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are


“And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things.” 
― Maurice Sendak


“And the walls became the world all around.” 
― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are


“Then from far away across the world he smelled good things to eat, so he gave up being king of the wild things.” 
― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are


The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye.” 
― Maurice Sendak


“I remember my own childhood vividly…I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn’t let adults know I knew. It would scare them” 
― Maurice Sendak

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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