I saw Esau: the schoolchild's pocket book

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Candlewick Press, 1992 - Juvenile Fiction - 160 pages
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A collection of rhymes and riddles traditionally passed on orally from child to child.

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Fun rhymes & amusing illustrations. - Goodreads
I love the illustrations. - Goodreads
Illustrations by Maurice Sendak. - Goodreads

Review: I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book

User Review  - Pat - Goodreads

Thank you, Tricia Douglas, for yet another wonderful Childrens' Lit book rec!!!! I absolutely loved it, and the illustrations by Maurice Sendak (another of our favorites) made it even more enticing ... Read full review

Review: I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book

User Review  - Janice Todd - Goodreads

I loved this book... lovely illustrations by Sendak of course plus the nursery rhymes, chants with a little history pulled in and variations noted over time. Because of the illustrations this book is ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Iona Opie is a leading authority on children's lore and literature. With her late husband, Peter Opie, she wrote the pioneering study of children's culture, The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren. The Opies have also edited The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, and The Classic Fairy Tales.

Maurice Bernard Sendak was born on June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of three children. His parents were Polish Jews who had come to the United States before the start of World War I. His first professional job as an illustrator (while he was still in high school) involved adapting the "Mutt and Jeff" newspaper comic strip to a comic book format. He later worked as a window-display director for New York's famous toy store, F.A.O. Schwartz, while attending night school at the Art Students League. In 1950, Ursula Nordstrom, children's book editor at Harper and Brothers, gave him his first chance to illustrate a children's book. His talents were soon in demand. He wrote his first book, Kenny's Window, in 1956 and went on to become a prolific author-illustrator. Sendak is noted for his zany characters and fantastic themes. In 1964 he won the prestigious Caldecott medal for his picture book Where The Wild Things Are. Although occasionally Sendak's work has provoked controversy, he has become one of the best known and beloved creators of children's books and has received many awards. His works include Chicken Soup with Rice; In the Night Kitchen; Outside Over There; Higglety Pigglety Pop; and We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. In 1970, he was the first American to receive the Hans Christian Andersen International Medal and in 1997 he received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. Characters from two of Sendak's books were the basis of an animated television special, Really Rosie, which first aired in 1975. Sendak was also the set designer and lyricist for a subsequent off-Broadway musical of the same title, with music composed by Carol King. He was the lyricist, as well as the set and costume designer, for the original production of an opera based on Where The Wild Things Are (with music by Oliver Knussen) in 1980. In addition, Sendak has designed sets and costumes for performances of operas by Mozart, Prokofiev, and other classical composers.

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