Maurice Sendak was born in 1944 in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish Jewish immigrants. He went on to write and illustrate beloved children’s books such as Where the Wild Things Are and Seven Little Monsters, which have continued to have a positive impact on children and families to this day!

As it was for many Jewish immigrants around the time of his childhood, Maurice and his family struggled to work through the deaths of much of their extended family in the Holocaust. This introduced Maurice to the concept of mortality at a very young age, a theme that perhaps lends itself to the depth and impact of his stories.

Mr. Sendak died on May 8, 2012, at age 83, in Danbury, Connecticut, at Danbury Hospital, a month before his 84th birthday. The New York Times obituary called him “the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century.” ❤️❤️

In honor of Mr. Sendak, we would like to share a little story of his on the topic of #gratitude!  After all, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” (Harvard Health Publishing)

Shabbat Shalom!✡️

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