…the story of the Ritchies beautifully told by the youngest member of the current generation-told in a colloquial idiom that suggests the speech patterns of Eastern Kentucky…The diction never does slip into folksiness…Miss Ritchie has somehow made her style perfectly natural, the only appropriate vehicle for her story. No greater compliment could be paid to a prose writer..The very appropriate and unobtrusive illustrations of Maurice Sendak should be mentioned, for they are what is rare, true illustrations of the text no only in subject but in spirit. William H Jensen, Kentucky Folklore Journal
Maurice Sendak was born June 10, 1928, in Brooklyn, NY. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and he remains the only American ever awarded this honor. In 1983, Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, given in recognition of his entire body of work. He also received a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution of arts in America. He illustrated over 80 books. He died May 8, 2012.