Kenny's Window by Maurice Sendak

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Kenny dreams of a fabulous land where he would like to live always, and in his search for it discovers many things about himself and about growing up. ‘An unusual, imaginative story . . . in which reality blends with make-believe.' 'SLJ.

1956 Children's Spring Book Festival Honor Book (NY Herald Tribune)

 

About Maurice Sendak

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In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.
 
Published January 21, 1956 by HarperCollins. 64 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kenny hopes the answers will let him live in the garden but as they reveal themselves he learns a thing or two about life-about loving and promising and wanting only what he really wants and about the will-o-the wisp imagination he will never lose.

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The Sign on Rosie's Door (1960) invites readers into the girl's imaginative world, where three knocks reveal her secret: ""I'm not Rosie any more,"" she says.

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Common Sense Media

Sendak rarely plays a full deal: Some of his cards remain hidden, some reference of background material is left unspoken, which demands that readers participate directly with the story to complete the picture.

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