Jewishsightseeing.com, May 14, 2005
Bears by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, HarperCollins Children’s Books, $14.95
Reviewed by Donald
I’m sure my pride radiated from my home in San Diego all the way to my daughter Sandi’s abode in Nashville, Tenn. And, I couldn’t help but thinking that although there are only 31 words in the “Pledge of Allegiance,” they pack so much significance.
In the same conversation with Shor, I read him a new book that had only 27 words—Bears by the late Ruth Krauss. What makes her 1948 short rhyming scheme a full-fledged book for 2005 are the illustrations by Maurice Sendak, who brings back the boy whom he made popular in the classic Where the Wild Things Are—little Max in his wolf suit . Shor recognized the drawing style as I held Bears in front of the camera, even if he was a bit fuzzy on who Sendak is.
I’d want my grandson to know that both the author and the
illustrator are talented members of the Jewish community.
In fact, Krauss was a mentor of Sendak’s, choosing him to illustrate A
Hole is To Dig; A Very Special House; I’ll be You and You Be Me, and Charlotte
and the White Horse.
Can you visualize bears on the stairs or under
chairs or washing hairs? Sendak
can. Or how about them giving stares or collecting fares
or stopping in squares or as millionaires?
With Sendak providing us his magic glasses, the bears are easy to