Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Journalism and Creative Writing - Faculty of Creative Writing


This thesis looks at a series of stories written for children by Maurice Sendak. They are: Where The Wild Things Are (Chapter 3), In the Night Ki tchen (Chapter 4), Outside Over There (Chapter 5) and Dear Mili (Chapter 6). Through analysis of these works I hoped to find a way of helping young children recognise and work through their fears. As the study progressed, it became apparent that the stories were written less and less to deal with the concerns of young children and more and more to deal with Maurice Sendak's own concerns. As I still felt that it was possible through literature to recognise and deal with children's fears, I wrote a series of seven children's stories. They are based on concerns which, as a preschool teacher and parent, young children have expressed to me. They appear in Chapter 7. I have tried to resolve the situations in realistic and easily understood ways. In Chapter 8, I have related my stories to the Sendak stories I have analysed, as well as relating my personal experiences to those of Sendak. The result is this thesis: THE FEARS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD - Writing in Response to a Study of Maurice Sendak.

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