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PS 118 To Be Named After Maurice Sendak


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PS 118, the elementary school opening this fall at 211 Eighth Street, announced this morning that it will be called the Maurice Sendak Community School in honor of the late children’s book author and Brooklyn native.

The name was chosen by principal Elizabeth Garraway and parents of future students. According to DNAinfo, Sendak’s originality and inventiveness are in line with Garraway’s vision for the new school:

¬†[Garraway] said the author’s imaginative spirit fits in with what she hopes to accomplish at P.S. 118, which will have¬†a multicultural curriculum.

“We want to be a place where kids are flexible thinkers and they step outside of the box, and Maurice Sendak was known for his creativity,” Garraway said.

Sendak is most famous for the magical worlds he created in books like Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. News of the school’s naming is coming right after the posthumous release of his final book, My Brother’s Book, which a recent Vanity Fair review describes as a “graphic poem.” A preview of the dreamy and elegiac book is available (and worth checking out) here.

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