The Wisdom of Children’s Literature

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In 1993, Maurice Sendak published WE ARE ALL IN THE DUMPS WITH JACK AND GUY, a book that took up the crisis of homelessness.  The book never sold well, perhaps because it was marketed to children and had the look of a book for children.  As Sendak told Stephen Colbert once, “I don’t write for children.  I write.  And someone comes along and says ‘That’s for children.'”

 

We are all in the dumps
For diamonds are trumps
The kittens are gone to St. Paul’s!
The baby is bit
The moon’s in a fit
And the houses are built
Without walls

Jack and Guy
Went out in the Rye
And they found a little boy
With one black eye
Come says Jack let’s knock
Him on the head
No says Guy
Let’s buy him some bread
You buy one loaf
And I’ll buy two
And we’ll bring him up
As other folk do

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