Happy Friday! Next up in my New Year, Old You series is a collection of books so treasured by a smaller me that the pages are actually falling out a bit. No matter, they’re still adorable. The Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak contains four volumes, each about the exact size of the toddler to early elementary sized hands they’re intended for. Half the fun of these volumes is just how tiny they are. Included in the set is Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue, Alligators All Around: An Alphabet, One Was Johnny: A Counting Book and Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months. Each contain the signature Sendak mischievous children and engaging drawings, made all the more winsome by their reduced size.
Growing up with an ample Sendak library, I loved hearing the man behind the wise words and pictures in his touching final “Fresh Air” interview. If you really wave the geek flag high for authors (guilty), you might also enjoy hearing Terry Gross and Jonathan Safran Foer discuss said Sendak interview. And if you’re suffering through a cold winter wherever you are, just remember…
it’s so nice
on the sliding ice
hot chicken soup with rice.