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The Sign on Rosie's Door Hardcover – October 15, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060287950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060287955
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.


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For more than forty years, the books Maurice Sendak has written and illustrated have nurtured children and adults alike and have challenged established ideas about what children's literature is and should be. The New York Times has recognized that Sendak's work "has brought a new dimension to the American children's book and has helped to change how people visualize childhood." Parenting recently described Sendak as "indisputably, the most revolutionary force in children's books."
Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are, in 1970 Sendak became the first American illustrator to receive the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, given in recognition of his entire body of work. In 1983, he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, also given for his entire body of work.
Beginning in 1952, with A Hole Is to Dig by Ruth Krauss, Sendak's illustrations have enhanced many texts by other writers, including the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik, children's books by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Randall Jarrell, and The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm. Dear Mili, Sendak's interpretation of a newly discovered tale by Wilhelm Grimm, was published to extraordinary acclaim in 1988.
In addition to Where the Wild Things Are (1963), Sendak has both written and illustrated
The Nutshell Library (1962), Higglety Pigglety Pop! (1967), In the Night Kitchen (1970), Outside Over There (1981), and, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy (1993). He also illustrated Swine Lake (1999), authored by James Marshall, Brundibar (2003), by Tony Kushner, Bears (2005), by Ruth Krauss and, Mommy? (2006), his first pop-up book, with paper engineering by Matthew Reinhart and story by Arthur Yorinks.
Since 1980, Sendak has designed the sets and costumes for highly regarded productions of Mozart's The Magic Flute and Idomeneo, Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Prokofiev's
The Love for Three Oranges, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, and Hans Krása's Brundibár.
In 1997, Sendak received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. In 2003 he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government. Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn in 1928. He now lives in Connecticut.

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I am so glad this book is still in print.
Joanna Daneman
This is a gentle and charming story that is suitable for children of all ages.
Sarah Hames
I knew the story of Really Rosie, because I grew up on the cartoon.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I first found this book in my school library in New Zealand 32 years ago! Took it home to read to my baby sister, and the whole family sat around listening with delight. We still love it all these years later. Sendak's story and illustrations capture the childhood of the average kid - with humour and whimsy, and true psychology, but totally without condescension. In my family, this is considered a classic. Guard your copy well - future generations will appreciate it too!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Hames on October 20, 2009
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I ordered a number of Sendak books for a class I am teaching, and selected this one without having read it. Now that I have it, I am am utterly charmed and wishing I would have discovered it years ago. The Sign on Rosie's Door is a delightful book that is closer in spirit to Little Bear than Where the Wild Things Are, and also reminds me of the Frances books by Lillian Hoban. It is one of those simple and gentle stories that seems to be about real children rather than what adults think children are like.

The book (much like Little Bear) contains four chapters, each with a different episode. In the first, Rosie shares the secret with her friends that she is no longer Rosie but is Alinda, the lovely lady singer. She is performing in a "great musical show" in her backyard. Unfortunately her friend Lenny keeps interupting. The interaction between the children is completely natural and delightful. Chapters 2 &3 show a day when the children have nothing to do and how it unfolds-again, with that whimsical sense of "this is something children would do." The last chapter shows their imaginative Fourth of July.

Sendak's has a special knack for capturing the essence of children at play. The personalities of the individual children, especially their leader Rosie (or Alinda) shine in both the story and the illustrations. I smiled at the page when, after an exiting day spent sitting on "Alinda's" porch waiting for "Magic Man" to arrive, the children tell their parents that "they had done so much there wasn't even enough time to do it in and they were going to do it all over again tomorrow." "Good!" all their mothers said.

Yes, good. This book is very good and you and the children in your life will be happy you picked it.
This is a gentle and charming story that is suitable for children of all ages.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am so glad this book is still in print. It means that you can have the enjoyment of sharing the whimsical story about the quirky Rosie and the miraculous drawings of Maurice Sendak.
This isn't a saccharine kiddy book, or a gritty true-to-life drama of childhood situations. It's just a fine read and one of those books that kids ask for again and again. In our family, it was the favorite evening book of my baby sister, and I have to say, she has exquisite taste, then and now, 30 years later.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Prestigiacomo on April 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love this book, mainly because i see what my block and family was like long ago. See, Pudgy (my uncle Russ) passed away a few years ago but i still see my Aunt Dolly and my Uncle Lenny. Rosie Riccabone died loooong ago, but i am still very close with her son Rocky. I grew up on 58th street across from Maurice many years after he had moved out. It is so cool to see your family members in a book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Winner on June 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
this book has been in frequent rotation in our house for literally YEARS. my now-5yo daughter, in particular, absolutely loves hearing about the costume and character changes of rosie, and the pretend games of the neighborhood kids. this is a book about kids being kids, and is completely compelling both to my 5yo daughter and to my 3yo son, not to mention to my husband and i.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mv_shark on January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Not only is this book delightful in itself, it's an increasingly rare treat to read a book that portrays kids playing outdoors, in the neighborhood on their own, coming up with their own (very creative) adventures and even working out their own disagreements without too much drama.

When Rosie says she's bored, her mom doesn't turn on the TV or pull out the arts & crafts ... she sends Rosie off to make her own adventure. And what a fantastic job Rosie does!! With not much more than a red blanket, a few props, and couple of character hats, an entire neighborhood of kids are entertained for 2-3 days. Rosie leads the neighborhood kids -- as she'll lead your kids -- on this imaginary adventure in a way that is creative, fun, inclusive, kind, resilient, dramatic, cooperative, and silly all in one. (I especially love the irony of 5-6 "bored" kids suddenly sitting still AND quiet for hours -- and coming back the next day for more! -- while waiting for the "Magic Man." Ah, the power of play!)

It appears to be out of print (currently used hardcover at/over $30). I'd stronly encourage a reprint; goes nicely with many of today's "simplify," "play" and "back to basics" parenting messages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Norwood on August 5, 2013
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Great Sendak. I cannot understand why Carol King's Really Rosie, one of the best tv shows of the entire 20th century, is not on DVD.
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