Here is Pleasant Fieldmouse, as enchanting a small creature as one might hope to meet. And here, too, are his friends, Mrs. Worry-Wind Hedgehog, Haunted Beaver, Graybeard Tortoise, and many, many others.
Their happy adventures in the forest, whether preparing for a picnic that never takes place, growing a very special and beautiful talking rose, or performing brave and heroic deeds of courage, will enchant the youngest listener.
And who could ask for more than to have these lovable forest folk portrayed by Maurice Sendak, whose pictures are known and loved by thousands of children and adults.
He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.