Thinking of Maurice Sendak



“I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.” ~Maurice Sendak

With the news of Maurice Sendak’s death today, I am making time to reflect on his work and life. Fresh Air has a wonderful remembrance of him here:¬†

This program includes his 2011 Fresh Air interview, which is alarmingly raw, human, and beautiful. He speaks of his aging experience, about death, and reminds reminds us to slow down, look at the trees, listen to music, enjoy reading time, and love this world we inhabit for such a short time.

I am so thankful for the work he gave to us – and for the difficult, complex, creative and awesome life he lived.



  1. Over the weekend, I bought your book: Miss Maple’s Seeds for my daughter. Last night I decided to check out your website. I have enjoyed looking at your posts. It was refreshing to see new exciting ideas as well as some of your posts that have influenced me like Terri Gross’s interview with Sendak. I look forward to your next book. Absolutely love your illustrations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kathleen – I’m so glad that you found my book and website! That Terri Gross interview with Maurice Sendak was so beautiful, neat to hear you connected with it too.
      You’re very kind, and I will keep you posted on the next book! cheers, Eliza

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