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Brooklyn School Named After Maurice Sendak

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An elementary school in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood is renaming itself after late children’s author Maurice Sendak.

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PS 118 announced February 8 that it will now be called the Maurice Sendak Community School, after the author of “Where the Wild Things Are,” “In the Night Kitchen” and “Chicken Soup With Rice,” among other classics. “We are thrilled to honor a great Brooklyn native and in doing so, we hope to inspire our children to find their own creative expression,” the school stated on its website.

The Brooklyn school is now the second to be named after Sendak, according the Daily News. In 2005 a school in North Hollywood, Calif., was named the Maurice Sendak Elementary School.

Sendak died May 8, 2012, at age 83. His final book, “My Brother’s Book,” was recently published.

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