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Our favorite books by the late Maurice Sendak are these volumes in the Nutshell Library.  This set of tiny books was a birthday gift two years ago, (thank you Tavia!), and has obviously been well-loved.  The four stories were written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak in 1962.  Alligators All Around, Pierre, One Was Johnny and Chicken Soup with Rice represent Sendak’s gift for turning few words and detailed drawings into stories that connect and intrigue children.  The size of the books are perfect for tiny hands to hold and slip into pockets.  One of our friends recalls singing the lyrics to the books as a child.  They were put to music by Carole King and she and Sendak worked together on a tv special, seen here.  We miss you Maurice!