A Very Special House

A Very Special House by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak

by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak (HarperCollins, 1953)

School’s been back in the swing of things for a couple weeks, and it has been bananas. But I’ve got this beautiful new space and some read-in-me-for-hours lounge chairs and the kids named our bright new sitting area The Birdhouse. This week: shelves and books. The heart and soul.

The Birdhouse

That’s why I needed to visit a book that is about all of those things: comfort and wonder and imagination and a very special place.

A Very Special House by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak

I love this little dancer-dreamer: dee dee dee oh-h-h. A Very Special House by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak A Very Special House by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak

This book is the hope of yellow and the broken-in-ness of blue overalls and the loose lines of childhood. This book started with two masters but belongs to the rest of us. It’s root in the moodle of our head head heads.

A Very Special House by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak

And this is what I want for anyone who finds a story in our very special place:  A Very Special House by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak

They and I are making secrets 

and we’re falling over laughing

and we’re running in and out

and we hooie hooie hooie

then we think we are some chickens

then we’re singing in the opera then

we’re going going going going ooie ooie ooie.

The view

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13 Comments

  • Posted September 15, 2014 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    It looks like a space with a lot of potential and blank page to be filled with imagination!

  • Posted September 15, 2014 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    The best of children’s books have a beauty and poetry within them that appeals to us so called grown ups , too – I guess this one is a goos example. Thanks!

  • Posted September 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I love that description. Wow!

  • Posted September 15, 2014 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Love the new name for the reading nest!

  • Posted September 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    A reading nest!

  • Posted September 15, 2014 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Oh, my! Thanks for brightening up my grey-grey Monday!

  • Posted September 15, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    My elementary school library had a huge skylight that you could get to spotlight your book line-by-line and picture-by-picture while the part you weren’t reading just yet stayed out of sight in the shady dark. That’s where I first learned the magic of the reveal. That light has become quite the metaphor for books in my life. I’m so chuffed to know your kids are going to be getting a similar experience.

  • Posted September 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    My elementary school library had a huge skylight you could get to spotlight your book line-by-line and picture-by-picture while the part you weren’t reading just yet stayed out of sight in the shady dark. That’s where I first learned the magic of the reveal. That light has become quite the metaphor for books in my life. I’m so chuffed to know your kids are going to be getting a similar experience.

  • Posted September 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Oh, that is so so so cool. So cool.

  • helennhill
    Posted September 16, 2014 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    My elementary school library was an overstuffed trailer in rural Belgium. Next to the local patisserie, I thought it was heaven. Looks like your patrons will be filled with joy and gratitude!

  • erin
    Posted September 16, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    A very special house, indeed. Have fun filling it with little book treasures!

  • Posted September 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Love your work

  • Posted September 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.