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Ten Little Rabbits by Maurice Sendak Never-Before-Published Book Magical Appears

    HarperCollins Children’s Books unveiled “Ten Little Rabbits,” a never-before-published counting picture book by Maurice Sendak, on February 6, 2024.

    Maurice Sendak’s legacy continues with this playful counting extravaganza for the youngest child. Here is a small reader’s introduction to the magic of Mr. Sendak’s books—a journey that will continue for many years to come.

    Imagine a delightful journey, where you wander through the magical world of numbers, counting from one to ten and back again. This enchanting tale, crafted by a beloved children’s book creator, brings forth innocence and wonder with every turn of the page. With the whimsy akin to Sendak’s cherished stories, this never-before-published book captivates young hearts and curious minds alike.

    As you embark on this adventure, each number becomes a stepping stone, inviting you to explore the joy of counting and the simplicity of childhood pleasures. But beyond its numerical charm, this story holds deeper layers, gently guiding readers through the maze of obstacles and frustrations that life sometimes presents. It serves not only as a delightful counting book but also as a catalyst for meaningful discussions in both homes and classrooms.

    Unearthed as a newly discovered treasure, this gem from the imagination of a children’s book magician promises to spark laughter, curiosity, and a sense of wonder in readers of all ages. Get ready to embark on a journey where innocence reigns supreme, and the magic of storytelling knows no bounds.

    Originally conceived in 1970 as a petite 3.5 x 2.5-inch paper-bound pamphlet, “Ten Little Rabbits” emerged as a heartfelt initiative for a fundraiser supporting Philadelphia’s esteemed Rosenbach Museum. Nestled within the walls of this institution, a sanctuary celebrating the written word, the pamphlet remained a cherished rarity, a hidden gem in the treasury of the Maurice Sendak Foundation.

    Dedicated not only to preserving the legacy of Maurice Sendak but also to championing the arts, nurturing emerging talents, and advocating for children’s and animal rights causes, the Maurice Sendak Foundation has safeguarded this precious creation. Now, after years of anticipation, a new chapter unfolds as “Ten Little Rabbits” emerges from the shadows, reborn in a larger 7 x 9 format, ready to enchant a new generation of readers.

    Maurice Sendak, a luminary in the realm of children’s literature, has left an indelible mark on the hearts of millions worldwide. His enchanting tales have traversed linguistic barriers, captivating imaginations in over 40 languages and selling more than 50 million copies worldwide. Among his illustrious achievements, he was bestowed the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1964 for his timeless masterpiece, “Where the Wild Things Are.”

    Throughout his prolific career, Sendak wove a tapestry of classics, including “In the Night Kitchen,” “Outside Over There,” and “Higglety Pigglety Pop!” His unparalleled contributions to the arts garnered him the National Medal of Arts in 1996, a testament to his enduring influence on American culture. Additionally, in 2003, he was honored with the inaugural Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, a prestigious international accolade celebrating excellence in children’s literature.

    Tony M.