Rosie, I Love You

The Sign on Rosie's Door by Maurice Sendak.  Harper & Row, 1960.  Current edition: HarperCollins, 2002.

This is the Rosie I love.  Maurice Sendak's wonderful, imaginative girl playing grown-up, leading the neighborhood kids in play.  This is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors and I don't own it.  I don't know why we don't own it.  We own the soundtrack to Really Rosie, the fabulous 1975 television special.  We watch the special on YouTube (it isn't on DVD), and we own the Nutshell Library.  I think Big Sis is getting to be the perfect age to read this this summer, though.  It's a very summery kind of book.  In fact, I think perhaps the lovely springlike weather today (yes, really!) is to blame:  I'm thinking about Rosie.

Rosie is fun.  She loves to pretend and she wants the world to pretend with her.  I love how the book lacks a definite plot.  It's just a couple of days in the life of these neighborhood kids one summer.

This book is at the top of my very long personal wish list.  (You can browse inside the book here.)

You can listen to Tammy Grimes read the audio version.

And Really Rosie is on YouTube, too.


Do you have one of those books that you love dearly, but for some reason, you don't have a copy of your own?  Maybe something you check out at the library over and over again so often, you forget you don't have it on your shelf?

 By the way, there are a lot of great animated clips of children's books on YouTube.  I have a playlist, if you're interested.

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  1. Nice article I actually do have some books in mind to look for :)
    Vintage Inspired Girls

  2. I have SO many books like that! I gotta get this one too, don't have it, never read it with Julia. I don't even own the Nutshell library, which is just a crime. I'm going to start giving the Nutshell Library away as a gift, I've decided. Don't you think that would be just the best little gift for kids the right age for it? I feel like it's something that not everyone owns as a matter of course. :)

    1. We don't own the cute little hardcovers, though. They got a couple of the paperbacks as summer reading program prizes from the library. I ordered Pierre in paperback for a storytime - while small, it's still bigger than the Nutshell hardcover - then bought it for our collection afterward. I may actually be short one title, but I'm not sure which one. The munchkins would know.


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