“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Bumble-Ardy, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, published by Harper Collins Publishers, c. 2011
Synopsis: In this wild tale Bumble-Ardy, a poor nine-year-old pig who has never celebrated a birthday party, goes to live with his Aunt Adeline. She celebrates his birthday with him for the first time, but Bumble isn’t satisfied with her simple celebrations. He invites a hoard of rowdy guests when Adeline is away at work, but she arrives home in time to catch the revelry.
Rationale for Classroom Use: Maurice Sendak’s lively illustrations make this tale much more interesting and call for close examination. Students could look closely at the illustrations to explain the impact they have on the telling of the story. The similarities between Bumble-Ardy and Where the Wild Things Are, both in the art work and the plot of the stories, create an interesting comparison for students who are studying Maurice Sendak.
Common Core Connection:
3.RL.7. Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
3.RL.9. Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).