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{Maurice Sendak} Sayer’s Book Corner #11


When I read in the NY Times this morning about Maurice Sendak passing away at age 83, there was a pang in my heart. Anyone that knows me or has been reading this blog, knows my love for this man. I think his contribution to children’s literature, among other things, is incredible & his artistic voice will be sorely missed. I’m only happy to pass it on to Sayer though his books & my memories of first reading them.

{Maurice & Jack Sendak 1956 – from the jacket of Circus Girl}

While I’ve loved his books & illustrations for a long time, it wasn’t until I saw the 2010 documentary, Tell Them Anything You Want, that I became just as interested in him as a person. I learned that Higglety Pigglety Pop! was inspired by his own dog (& his favorite book along with The Night Kitchen) who also makes an appearance in Where the Wild Things Are. He also looked up to his older brother Jack. They wrote stories, drew, & made toys together. Ever since watching this documentary (which I now own & watch from time to time)  I’ve been on a mission to collect his books & learn more. Writing a post about Maurice Sendak is exercising every editing bone in my body right now. I could go on a scanning binge that would keep me occupied for days. But with restraint, here are a few illustrations & thoughts. 

{Illustration from Higglety Pigglety Pop!}
{Illustration from Where the Wild Things Are}
{Self Portrait – LA Times }
My favorite Maurice Sendak discovery/memory was when I was a kid (I’m thinking around middle school). It was a tradition to go to the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s, Nutcracker with my mom & grandma. I remember so vividly the first year that Maurice Sendak did the sets for the ballet. His interpretation is truly stunning & how I will always remember the Nutcracker. My mom bought me the book that year for Christmas. (The nutcracker looks a lot like Sendak’s self portrait don’t you think?)

{Illustration from Nutcracker – story by E.T.A. Hoffman 1984}
I had this idea to have a bit of a Maurice Sendak reading marathon today with Sayer. I explained that it was a nice way to pay tribute to the man who wrote & illustrated so many of our favorite books. When I asked him what book we should start with, the answer was, The Night Kitchen. While we didn’t “read” all of them, we poured through them. Sayer ended the night listening to Carol King’s, Really Rosey cd as he fell asleep.













“Hello,   



As you probably noticed, I went away forever. I am very experienced now and very famous. I’m even a star. everyday I eat a mop, twice on Saturday. It’s made of salami and that is my favorite. I get plenty to drink too, so don’t worry. I can’t tell you how to get to Castle Yonder because I don’t know where it is. But if you ever come this way, look for me.   



Jennie”  



– Epilogue from Higgley Pigglety Pop

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Thanks for years of inspiration Maurice…


Some more Sendak love:
NPR – Fresh Air – interview with Sendak here 
Sayer’s Book Corner #1 – The Nutshell Library – La Petite Magazine – here

{La Petite Magazine} Sayer’s Book Corner #10

My little guy has music in his heart & marches to his own drummer. When I heard about the book Symphony City by Amy Martin – it piqued my curiosity. The book description reads, “Symphony City is an exciting adventure story for children and parents who love music, art, and big imagination.” Yep, that is us in a nutshell! So I bought it for Sayer after he went to the symphony with his grandma.

Each beautiful page of the book takes us on an adventure by following the sound of music all throughout the city. Let’s take a little peek…

Symphony City reminds us that there is music & color everywhere – which is a message that I absolute love. As a complete bonus, the book jacket unfolds to a poster of the image that Sayer is looking at in the photo above (it’s his favorite in the book along with the drummer). This book is a perfect fit for story time in our house.

* Oh & on a fashion note:  
Along with loving music, Sayer really loves color too. Which is  why he likes to wear bright colors. His pants, tee, raincoat & socks are all from our favorite,  Polarn O. Pyret  (they have awesome sales – like right now).

Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading… 


You can view Sayer’s Book Corner at La Petite Magazine as well. 

{La Petite} Sayer’s Book Corner #2



What is Sayer talking about in this picture? Pop on over to La Petite Magazine & find out. Sayer’s Book Corner #2 is up! 

{La Petite} For the Love of Books…

I don’t think Rachelle knows how much I truly enjoy the opportunity to contribute “For the Love of Books” to La Petite Magazine. I don’t think I honestly knew how much I would look forward to hearing what the next theme of the magazine was just so I could start dreaming up what I would write about – & then what I would photograph to go with it. My love of books & research is only part of what interests me in this project. Being that I am totally immersed in the day to day life of a small business owner/designer & mom, it is nice to be given a creative challenge on a continuous basis that is completely unrelated. I love coming up with a direction & including Sayer in my adventure. While I think I say it each time I write the book feature, this one is my favorite. Sayer & I played a little Swiss make- believe one day. This photoshoot with him was somewhat spontaneous too. We were actually taking photos for my fox tee that we had just picked up & I packed a bag of various things just in case it got chilly & the opportunity for more photos presented itself (the attention span of a toddler is unpredictable). The day was gorgeous & we headed out to enjoy the weather at one of my favorite local places. We read our Pippi book (that was a sweet gift from a blog reader) on a break & then got out Sayer’s ukelele for what turned into a Sound of Music moment. The lighting was great & I took photos as Sayer explored – I loved it! My vision was coming to life & it is particularly exciting when that happens. The scarf he was wearing was actually mine – it was getting chilly so I took it off me & put it on him. His whole outfit came together organically.These photos make me smile & remember a fun day- so I wanted to share them. Every time I send Rachelle my writing & photos, I get nervous about whether it will fit her vision. What I’m always so amazed at, is how well it fits in with the rest of the contributions & general feel of the magazine. I was tickled to see that my view of the Swiss Alps & Mountain children was fairly spot on

When I saw this photoshoot spread on Monday, I was tickled. I posted this picture yesterday as a favorite from the magazine. It almost looks like we could have been in the same place! This was my fourth, “For the Love of Books”, & I’m so excited to start on the fifth one! Thanks for including me Rachelle- it’s truly a joy to be a part of your magazine. I have so much fun!

-Check out the new issue of La Petite here
-All “For the Love of Books” features here

{Good Read} La Petite #5- Innovation…

Today La Petite ~ issue # 5 came out & it’s all about innovation. Creating & inventing is close to my heart (as was the last issue all about the ’70’s) so I was really excited to sink my teeth into coming up with an idea for this “For the Love of Books” feature. I decided to focus on books that nurtured creativity & thinking outside of the box… 
Of course I had my trusty assistant to help me with this task. These books are all favorites from our bookshelves so we tinkered, read & photographed them many times for the sake of research. We had a blast…

Issue #5 is 400 pages of eye candy so grab a cup of coffee, sit back & enjoy!  You can read  “For the Love of Books” on pages 154-157 & view the whole magazine live here. Thanks for including me in your beautifully cool magazine Rachelle! A job well done La Petite ladies! 

{Good Read} La Petite #5- Innovation…

Today La Petite ~ issue # 5 came out & it’s all about innovation. Creating & inventing is close to my heart (as was the last issue all about the ’70’s) so I was really excited to sink my teeth into coming up with an idea for this “For the Love of Books” feature. I decided to focus on books that nurtured creativity & thinking outside of the box… 
Of course I had my trusty assistant to help me with this task. These books are all favorites from our bookshelves so we tinkered, read & photographed them many times for the sake of research. We had a blast…

Issue #5 is 400 pages of eye candy so grab a cup of coffee, sit back & enjoy!  You can read  “For the Love of Books” on pages 154-157 & view the whole magazine live here. Thanks for including me in your beautifully cool magazine Rachelle! A job well done La Petite ladies! 

{Contributor} La Petite Magazine #4…

Have you seen the new issue of La Petite Magazine yet? It came out on Friday & it’s just gorgeous! Rachelle & Jennifer Lee have expanded their La Petite team by adding Peggy (Paul & Paula blog) & Stacie Bloomfield (Gingiber) which seems like a perfect fit. I was particularly excited to be asked to contribute another book article, given the theme of issue #4 is all about the ’70’s & ’80’s. It was a nostalgic & fun project that was really close to my heart for sure. 

At first, the task of writing, for the love of books, for this issue seemed a bit daunting. There are so many books during that time period that I adore- I ended up having to editing myself several times. Once I decided on The Giving Tree being a major part of the article, Sayer & I set out for the park with a camera, The Giving Tree, & a picnic in tow. 

We had a blast! It was the first sunny day after tons of rain so it was fun to romp in the fresh air. I was thrilled to have captured the afternoon in photos. I actually wrote the article after I chose the photos to use. I tend to work that way. I illustrate before I write stories too. It’s funny, but seeing these pictures of Sayer wearing his suspenders, channeling Shaun Cassidy & Mork, took me back to the days on the grade school playground. I loved it! Sayer doesn’t know the Do Run Run or who the heck Mork is, but he rocked the look all the same. 

Details of Sayer’s retro look (if you are interested) :: 
suspenders– vintage from 3ringcircus 
hat– handmade by Armelle for Pure Pixie
big collared shirtKate Quinn Organics
owl tee– (his momma) klt:works
shoes– Vans
jeans- Old Navy

Books in my 70’s & ’80’s time capsule stack ::

So cruise on over to flip through issue #4 of La Petite here. For those of you that lived through the 70’s & 80’s like me, it will give you a beautiful trip down memory lane. 

Thanks for including my article Rachelle! It’s an honor to be apart of this issue!

{Contributor} La Petite Magazine #4…

Have you seen the new issue of La Petite Magazine yet? It came out on Friday & it’s just gorgeous! Rachelle & Jennifer Lee have expanded their La Petite team by adding Peggy (Paul & Paula blog) & Stacie Bloomfield (Gingiber) which seems like a perfect fit. I was particularly excited to be asked to contribute another book article, given the theme of issue #4 is all about the ’70’s & ’80’s. It was a nostalgic & fun project that was really close to my heart for sure. 

At first, the task of writing, for the love of books, for this issue seemed a bit daunting. There are so many books during that time period that I adore- I ended up having to editing myself several times. Once I decided on The Giving Tree being a major part of the article, Sayer & I set out for the park with a camera, The Giving Tree, & a picnic in tow. 

We had a blast! It was the first sunny day after tons of rain so it was fun to romp in the fresh air. I was thrilled to have captured the afternoon in photos. I actually wrote the article after I chose the photos to use. I tend to work that way. I illustrate before I write stories too. It’s funny, but seeing these pictures of Sayer wearing his suspenders, channeling Shaun Cassidy & Mork, took me back to the days on the grade school playground. I loved it! Sayer doesn’t know the Do Run Run or who the heck Mork is, but he rocked the look all the same. 

Details of Sayer’s retro look (if you are interested) :: 
suspenders– vintage from 3ringcircus 
hat– handmade by Armelle for Pure Pixie
big collared shirtKate Quinn Organics
owl tee– (his momma) klt:works
shoes– Vans
jeans- Old Navy

Books in my 70’s & ’80’s time capsule stack ::

So cruise on over to flip through issue #4 of La Petite here. For those of you that lived through the 70’s & 80’s like me, it will give you a beautiful trip down memory lane. 

Thanks for including my article Rachelle! It’s an honor to be apart of this issue!

{Vintage Reads} The Seiden Bunny Mystery…

On this Easter Eve, I thought it would be appropriate to share a little mystery about bunnies. It’s no secret that I’m a vintage book nut. I’m always on the hunt for a new treasure to add to my collection. But when I find a book illustrated by Art Seiden, my heart pitter pats a little bit extra. My collection has even doubled since my last Art Seiden post – I’ve had good thrifting karma lately. Well, I made a discovery a while back that has me puzzled. Did Art Seiden have a wife who illustrated books too? 

I’m what you might call a research or information junkie. I love to research about illustrators, authors, artists, designers, musicians- you name it. If I find a person’s work inspiring, I’m always curious to find out more about the process & influences in that person’s work. I’m particularly fascinated in couples that are both artists. When I stumbled on a book illustrated by a Bea Rabin Seiden- it really got my wheels turning. Her illustrations were done for Wonder Books around the same time that Art Seiden did illustrations for Wonder Books. They both worked with author, Alf Evers too. I thought there was a definite style similarity as well. Unfortunately, there really isn’t any information. This book seems to be the only one on record that she has illustrated. I even checked in with my two vintage expert friends, Alix (modern kiddo) & Heather (3ring circus) to see if they could help me shed some light on this puzzle. Either way, I love Bea’s bunnies. Here are some of the illustrations from the book, The Hungry Baby Bunny.

The illustrations for, Sonny the Lucky Bunny, are pretty great too. My favorite is probably the lion dancing with the bunny. I’m always drawn to Art Seiden’s lions. Here are a few of Art’s illustrations. (His is the very first illustration of the post too.)

Yes, this is the sort of thing that occupies my mind. I know, it really doesn’t matter whether they are related or not. I just found it an interesting coincidence & fun to think about the two of them in their house together, happily drawing bunnies.  Happy Easter everyone! 

{Vintage Reads} The Seiden Bunny Mystery…

On this Easter Eve, I thought it would be appropriate to share a little mystery about bunnies. It’s no secret that I’m a vintage book nut. I’m always on the hunt for a new treasure to add to my collection. But when I find a book illustrated by Art Seiden, my heart pitter pats a little bit extra. My collection has even doubled since my last Art Seiden post – I’ve had good thrifting karma lately. Well, I made a discovery a while back that has me puzzled. Did Art Seiden have a wife who illustrated books too? 

I’m what you might call a research or information junkie. I love to research about illustrators, authors, artists, designers, musicians- you name it. If I find a person’s work inspiring, I’m always curious to find out more about the process & influences in that person’s work. I’m particularly fascinated in couples that are both artists. When I stumbled on a book illustrated by a Bea Rabin Seiden- it really got my wheels turning. Her illustrations were done for Wonder Books around the same time that Art Seiden did illustrations for Wonder Books. They both worked with author, Alf Evers too. I thought there was a definite style similarity as well. Unfortunately, there really isn’t any information. This book seems to be the only one on record that she has illustrated. I even checked in with my two vintage expert friends, Alix (modern kiddo) & Heather (3ring circus) to see if they could help me shed some light on this puzzle. Either way, I love Bea’s bunnies. Here are some of the illustrations from the book, The Hungry Baby Bunny.

The illustrations for, Sonny the Lucky Bunny, are pretty great too. My favorite is probably the lion dancing with the bunny. I’m always drawn to Art Seiden’s lions. Here are a few of Art’s illustrations. (His is the very first illustration of the post too.)

Yes, this is the sort of thing that occupies my mind. I know, it really doesn’t matter whether they are related or not. I just found it an interesting coincidence & fun to think about the two of them in their house together, happily drawing bunnies.  Happy Easter everyone!