Caldecott-winning Illustrator Maurice Sendak
Hyperion, 2003. FIRST EDITION Stated , 2003. Near mint condition, pages clean and tightly bound, oblong quarto, original brown cloth, patterned endpapers, original dust jacket. original dust jacket in bright very good condition, residue from removed sticker., unclipped. Retold by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and Caldecott-winning illustrator Maurice Sendak. A chilling Holocaust allegory written for children, based on the Czech opera "Brundibar," written by Adolf Hoffmeister and Hans Krása. "The story, though grim indeed, should become essential reading The signal moments of haunting beauty in this book are mostly tucked away in the corners: the dozens of children's faces peopling every crowd scene. It is in the faces of these unnamed children that 'Brundibar' burns us to the heart and clinches its argument" (New York Times). The original opera was performed 55 times by Jewish children in front of visiting dignitaries and Red Cross officials at Terezín, a concentration camp. After the final performance, all of the children were killed and both Hoffmeister and Krása perished at Auschwitz. Aninku and Pepicek go to town for milk to make their sick mother better but their attempts to earn money by singing are thwarted by a hurdy-gurdy grinder. With the help of three animals and 300 schoolchildren, they defeat the bully. The story is based on an opera performed by the children of the WWII concentration camp Terezin.