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In January it’s so nice
While slippin’ on the slidin’ ice
To sip hot chicken soup with rice
Sippin’ once, sippin’ twice
Sippin’ chicken soup with rice..
Lyrics (original text) by Maurice Sendak. Music by Carole King, Really Rosie. (Click here to listen.) First published in the book Chicken Soup with Rice, part of the Nutshell Library.
As a student in library school, I once was in charge of a weekend seminar about famed children’s author, Maurice Sendak. I had to plan the event from soup to nuts, including speeches, lunches, lodging, etc. I also had to invite the man himself. I was flabbergasted when he accepted. I was near collapse when his assistant called a few days ahead, and citing illness, informed me the author would need to miss this particular conference. Hundreds of people from miles around were nearly on their way. Crushing… But, still–the weekend went on as planned….though we certainly missed the main attraction. No great matter in the long run, though, I never lost my deep and sincere admiration for this talented, innovative author, nor my love for his sweet lyrics about one of my favorite soups ever, Chicken Soup with Rice! All of my children heard and read the Sendak books (Remember Where the Wild Things Are?) and we kept the REALLY ROSIE book around until…well, actually I still have it. Continue reading