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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.



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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 300 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060287950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060287955
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I love Maurice Sendak's work, and in this one, a little girl pretends to be a beautiful singer and gets her friends to watch. It is very much like it would be with a group of children, where other children get distracted. My granddaughter loves this book.
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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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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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This book will send you back to the childhood activities of the 1960s and 70s. Before 'screen time'. This is a book about imagination, boredom, the mystery of little kid relationships, living in a neighborhood and playing outside... Delicious and funny, perfectly captures the way time is experienced by children. My second grader adored it.
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This is just a wonderful book--and especially so as a present for a 6 year old girl whose birthday is on July 4th. Maurice Sendak captures kids' dialogue perfectly. Adults enjoy this book as much as kids--and that's one of the marks of an outstanding children's book.
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