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Maurice Sendak and the real Wild Things

Sendak-Exhibit.jpgChances are you have a copy of Where the Wild Things Are lying around the house somewhere. The book has sold over 19 million copies around the world.

But if you dont....it's a book by Maurice Sendak, one of the world's best-loved children's authors. Sendak is known for his fantastical worlds, full of hairy, horned monsters and surreal landscapes. It turns out that these worlds draw deeply from the real world - from his family history and his identity as a first-generation Jewish American.

This Wednesday, a travelling exhibit called "In a Nutshell: the Worlds of Maurice Sendak" opens at The Jewish Public Library in Montreal.

Shannon Hodge was one of those millions of children who were captivated by Sendak's books. She's an archivist at the library and will be giving tours of the exhibit. She spoke with Sona about Sendak's story.

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