This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Maurice Sendak Foundation. The opinions and text are all mine.
Being a parent indeed has changed our perspective in life. It’s no longer just about us or our wants or desires in life. We now have to make responsible decisions and set a great example to our son Josiah King. That’s because our choices will not just affect us but as well as the upbringing of this tiny little human who depends on us to guide him.
My husband and I agreed that we have to be careful with what we say or show our son because he is now like a sponge absorbing everything around him. For about a month now that we have been observing his action, and every time he plays with his stuffed toy Elmo he would give it a big hug and smile. Hubby and I came to the conclusion that this is the perfect time to teach him what love and friendship mean.
Except, how does one exactly teach an infant or a toddler the importance of love or friendship for that matter? Reading books and sharing an actual example or an action. I remember as I was growing up that I have my own favorite book or story that I would read over and over again. I would love for our son to have a go-to story as well that he can look back to. I have picked out Presto & Zesto in Limboland by Maurice Sendak.
So what made me choose this book for our son? Because Maurice wrote this book along with his dear friend Arthur (Yorinks) to acknowledge and pay tribute to their longtime friendship. A way to celebrate their bond as best friends. In the book, Presto is Arthur and Zesto is Maurice. Here’s the thing … we all have a best friend. Someone we share everything with. Someone we can rely on, through thick and thin. Someone who will always have our back, no matter what. Especially my son witnesses first hand that I often take regular video calls with my own best friend who is living in the Philippines. I want him to grow up knowing that friendship has no distance, age, or even color. It’s all about love and knowing who you can trust.
Since Maurice’s passing in 2012, The Maurice Sendak Foundation discovered the unpublished manuscript and illustrations for Presto & Zesto in Limboland. Believe it or not, I only happened upon this book by chance. I have always been a fan of Maurice’s works, and one of those is “In The Night Kitchen is fine.”. I was looking up his other books when I stumbled across this gem. Best believe I am absolutely delighted that I did.
To keep the legacy alive of one of the most important children’s authors of the 20th century, I highly encourage you all to share his art and stories to your family as well as friends. Feel free to order a copy of Presto & Zesto in Limboland through Amazon or support an independent bookstore just like Battenkill Books in NY.
Interested to know more? Visit www.SendakFoundation.org to learn all about The Maurice Sendak Foundation.