Mixed Reaction to Work of Where the Wild Things Are Late Author Maurice Sendak
However, she added, there was another side to his work.
“Most readers, I think, never paused—or pause—to consider his stereotyping of American Indians,” she wrote. “In his alphabet book Alligators All Around, published in 1962, he literally advocates playing Indian with the text on the I page that reads ‘Imitating Indians.’ Nearly 50 years later, he was still drawing characters playing Indian in Bumble-ardy.”
He was “a gifted artist and storyteller,” she said. “Imagine the story he would tell, and the impact it would make, if he had brought those skills to a new story that was critiquing his stereotyping of Indians!”
For more on the subject, see Playing Indian in Not Me! and Whites "Play Indian" in Swamplandia!