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Maurice Sendak In the Age of Overprotective Parenting | Care2 Causes

Maurice Sendak In the Age of Overprotective Parenting | Care2 Causes

Now that Maurice Sendak has passed away , who will scare our children? The question may sound facetious, but is wholeheartedly meant and perhaps all the more so with Mother’s Day tomorrow, Sunday, May 13. In Sendak’s books, mothers get mad at their (misbehaving) children and are sometimes just not around. These can be the stuff of childhood bad dreams. The New York Times ‘s obituary of Sendak, who died May 8 at the age of 83, indeed dubbed him the “author of splendid nightmares.” In a 1993 NPR interview, Sendak described “children surviving childhood” as his “obsessive theme” and “life’s concern.” While the children in his books undergo terrifying experiences (kidnapping, being baked into a cake), amid terrifying, monstrous creatures (who are sometimes, as in Where the Wild Things Are , real monsters), Sendak’s young characters return home and even to a “still hot” dinner ...

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