Illustrator and Writer Maurice Sendak’s Mural Painted in 1961 has New Home in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (AP).- Long before award-winning illustrator and writer Maurice Sendak’s world of wild things charmed millions of young readers and changed the notion of what children’s literature could look like, some of his now-classic characters frolicked on a wall overlooking New York’s Central Park for an audience of two. A mural Sendak painted in 1961 was removed — wall and all — after his friends, who were the apartment’s longtime residents, had passed away. Now, it is being restored in a Philadelphia museum devoted to his work. “What’s nice is it’s like a time machine,” the 82-year-old Sendak told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his Connecticut home. “It captures a part of the past for a moment, and friends who were