About the Artist:
Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children’s books. He became widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963. Born to Jewish-Polish parents, his childhood was affected by the death of many of his family members during the Holocaust. Besides Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak also wrote works such as In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There, and illustrated Little Bear.
Maurice Sendak drew inspiration and influences from a vast number of painters, musicians and authors. Going back to his childhood, one of his earliest memorable influences was actually his father, Philip Sendak. According to Maurice, his father would relate tales from the Old Testament; however, he would embellish them with racy details. Not realizing that this was inappropriate for children, little Maurice would frequently be sent home after retelling his father's “soft-core Bible tales” at school.
Growing up, Sendak developed from other influences, starting with Walt Disney’s Fantasia and Mickey Mouse character. Sendak and Mickey Mouse were born in the same year, and Sendak described Mickey as a source of joy and pleasure while growing up. He has also been quoted as saying, “My gods are Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, and Mozart. I believe in them with all my heart.” Elaborating further, he has explained that reading Emily Dickinson's works helps him to remain calm in an otherwise hectic world: “And I have a little tiny Emily Dickinson so big that I carry in my pocket everywhere. And you just read three poems of Emily. She is so brave. She is so strong. She is such a passionate little woman. I feel better.” Likewise, of Mozart, he has said, “When Mozart is playing in my room, I am in conjunction with something I can't explain. I don't need to. I know that, if there’s a purpose for life, it was for me to hear Mozart.”
Based upon the series of Little Bear books written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by renowned writer/illustrator Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear Dominoes is a wondrous find! The game was originally manufactured by Great American Puzzle Factory in 1999. As described on the backside of the game box, “Dominoes is a classic game for all ages, and Little Bear Dominoes is a special set of extra-thick colorful chipboard pieces especially designed for children 3-8. It's a fun way for children to learn color-matching, social interaction, recognition and concentration skills. Parents will enjoy playing along with their children.”
The game is in excellent condition as if it was never used; that is, basically brand new. The box has some minor wear on corners from storage. Game components include all 28 dominoes, an instruction card, and the box.
The masterfully illustrated children’s game provides hours of great family entertainment. In addition, it would make for a delightful gift for any child for any special occasion. For collectors of children’s games and toys or for those who cherish the artwork of Maurice Sendak, this unique domino set is a tremendous find.