Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Leaving your mark on the world

I read today that the writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak has died aged 83.

He's best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, which since its publication in 1964 has gone on to sell over 19 million copies worldwide. It has quite rightly become a children's classic.

By all accounts Mr Sendak led a full and interesting life, but how wonderful it must be to look back on your life and know that you have left your mark on the world. He has left a legacy that children all over the world will continue to read and enjoy and marvel at, and play Wild Things games about, and dream of.

Maurice Sendak will still be celebrated by children and grown-up children alike for many years to come, and that is something only achieved by very special people.

Goodbye to one of the special people.