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Presto and Zesto in Limboland – Homage to Friendship

By  | Sassy Wifestyle

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Maurice Sendak Foundation. The opinions and text are all mine.

Being a parent indeed has changed our perspective in life. It’s no longer just about us or our wants or desires in life. We now have to make responsible decisions and set a great example to our son Josiah King. That’s because our choices will not just affect us but as well as the upbringing of this tiny little human who depends on us to guide him.

My husband and I agreed that we have to be careful with what we say or show our son because he is now like a sponge absorbing everything around him. For about a month now that we have been observing his action, and every time he plays with his stuffed toy Elmo he would give it a big hug and smile. Hubby and I came to the conclusion that this is the perfect time to teach him what love and friendship mean.

Except, how does one exactly teach an infant or a toddler the importance of love or friendship for that matter? Reading books and sharing an actual example or an action. I remember as I was growing up that I have my own favorite book or story that I would read over and over again. I would love for our son to have a go-to story as well that he can look back to. I have picked out Presto & Zesto in Limboland by Maurice Sendak.

So what made me choose this book for our son? Because Maurice wrote this book along with his dear friend Arthur (Yorinks) to acknowledge and pay tribute to their longtime friendship. A way to celebrate their bond as best friends. In the book, Presto is Arthur and Zesto is Maurice. Here’s the thing … we all have a best friend. Someone we share everything with. Someone we can rely on, through thick and thin. Someone who will always have our back, no matter what. Especially my son witnesses first hand that I often take regular video calls with my own best friend who is living in the Philippines. I want him to grow up knowing that friendship has no distance, age, or even color. It’s all about love and knowing who you can trust.

Since Maurice’s passing in 2012, The Maurice Sendak Foundation discovered the unpublished manuscript and illustrations for Presto & Zesto in Limboland. Believe it or not, I only happened upon this book by chance. I have always been a fan of Maurice’s works, and one of those is “In The Night Kitchen is fine.”. I was looking up his other books when I stumbled across this gem. Best believe I am absolutely delighted that I did.

To keep the legacy alive of one of the most important children’s authors of the 20th century, I highly encourage you all to share his art and stories to your family as well as friends. Feel free to order a copy of Presto & Zesto in Limboland through Amazon or support an independent bookstore just like Battenkill Books in NY.

Interested to know more? Visit to learn all about The Maurice Sendak Foundation.

Hello there! I'm Angela the sassy military wife behind the editorials on this blog. I often shop for bargain deals, check out sales and share my thrifty finds across my social network. Feel free to check out links to my other publications and social pages.


  1. Priyanka

    October 10, 2018 at 6:11 am

    First of all, I must appreciate your way of inculcating values in your child. Wiil go for this book. Thanks

  2. Priyanka

    October 10, 2018 at 6:15 am

    First of all, I must appreciate you for the way you are inculcating values in your child. I would look forward to get this book as a gift to some kid in my family.

  3. Micaela Levachyov

    October 10, 2018 at 6:21 am

    What a lovely way of teaching children about friendship!

  4. Treasure Every Moment

    October 10, 2018 at 8:24 am

    What a beautiful book and the illustrations are seriously impressive! I agree, it’s so important to support smaller businesses 🙂

  5. Joan Cajic

    October 10, 2018 at 9:40 am

    This is so nice, I haven’t heard of it but interested to learn more.

  6. kumamonjeng

    October 10, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Great to learn about more of Maurice work and the picture are vintage with all sort of msteries tucked away in the corner. It will light up a lot of imagination for the young kids.

  7. Stacie

    October 10, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I was so excited when I heard there was a previously unknown Maurice Sendak book! He is my favorite children’s author.

  8. Dana Vento

    October 10, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I love Maurice Sendak so much. When my kids were little, I read his books to them all the time. They were huge fans.

  9. GiGi Eats

    October 10, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Oh I certainly plan on sharing stories of the past with my future son!! He must learn about his family’s history!

  10. Monidipa Dutta

    October 10, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    This is very sweet actually. Good one.

  11. rhian westbury

    October 10, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    The images in the book look really nice, it must be so tough knowing what to share and show your kids x

  12. Kara

    October 10, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    This looks like an interesting book. We love reading the kids stories and those that have a positive message are best

  13. Jessi Joachim

    October 10, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Being a parent really does end up changing so much about us, mostly for the best! This looks like such a good story, I will have to pick one up for my kids collection!

  14. Liz Mays

    October 10, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    The friendship in this book sounds super sweet. I think this would be a lovely book to read with little ones!

  15. Jessica Taylor

    October 10, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Wow. I have never heard of Presto & Zesto in Limboland before. It looks like a lovely story!

  16. Reesa Lewandowski

    October 10, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I have never heard of this story! I need to find it at our library!

  17. Marysa

    October 10, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    How neat that this book was found and published! I didn’t realize that the author had passed away – we have certainly enjoyed his works over the years. This is really neat, thanks for sharing.

  18. Kathy

    October 11, 2018 at 12:51 am

    That is a really neat book. Sounds so interesting. I really love the illustrations.

  19. Claudia Krusch

    October 11, 2018 at 2:22 am

    What a beautiful way of teaching children about having friends! Such a great story!

  20. Catalina

    October 11, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Books, storie and fairy tales are the best way to teach something to a kid. This one seems to be a beautiful book!

  21. Scott Gombar

    October 11, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Teaching children about friendship and teaching them to read all at once using a cute story. Sounds like a solid foundation

  22. Suman Doogar

    October 11, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I agree parenting is tough. It’s not like that somebody teaches you how to be a good parent, one learns with time but a good book to guide you is definitely a blessing. Hope your son enjoyed it.

  23. Anosa

    October 11, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Love the message you’rw teaching your son, friendship knows no distance.

  24. Brianne Manz

    October 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    I have always enjoyed his books. I have heard about this one but had not yet had a chance to get my hands on it yet. Thank you for such a great review.

  25. Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels

    October 11, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    i have never heard of this book but it looks really interesting. I love the illustrations. Kaz

  26. Natalia

    October 11, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    That’s such a wonderful idea to teach kids the meaning of friendship, especially through using this kind of stories. If I ever have my own kids, I’ll definitely do the same! 🙂

  27. Wanda Lopez

    October 12, 2018 at 1:22 am

    You and your husband are on the right track. Making decisions together knowing that now those decisions affect an entire family. Great job. I always read to our girls and they are now avid readers themselves. I’m sure your son will soon start acquiring a love for books.

  28. blair villanueva

    October 12, 2018 at 8:00 am

    From fashion coffee table books to children’s book! Wow you are having both worlds 😀 Will check for this book, great as gift.

  29. Mellissa Williams

    October 12, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    What a lovely book and a great way to teach children these things.

  30. Rachael

    October 12, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    The themes in this book definitely sound like the ones we should all be teaching our kids. Friendships, compassion, love and respect will get everyone a lot further and happier in life than anything else. It sounds like a lovely little book full of positive messages.

  31. Sarah Bailey

    October 12, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    What a lovely looking book! The images in it are absolutely gorgeous as well – what a perfect gift idea for a little one.

  32. Melanie

    October 12, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Totally agree, why you have decided to protect your son, as kids are like sponges. Beautiful book lovely illustrations xx

  33. swathi

    October 12, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Looks like great book to read. i will check it out for my kids. I like them read meaningful stories.

  34. Elizabeth

    October 13, 2018 at 11:25 am

    This sounds like such a lovely story, and it’s nice learning about the story behind the story. A good choice. 🙂

  35. Kacie

    October 13, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    This book looks perfect for children and I really love the style of the illustrations

  36. Emily

    October 13, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    What a lovely way to celebrate the incredibly valuable gem that is a good and true friendship.

  37. Leah Lander-Shafik

    October 14, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Friendship and relationships are so important and ensuring your children have a concept of what that is through this lovely book is a great idea. I think the illustrations in the book and the concept are stunning.

  38. Deborah Nicholas

    October 14, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    What a lovely way to teach children about friendship!

  39. Becky Jarratt

    October 14, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    This book sounds like a lovely way to introduce the concept of friendship to your child.

  40. Lauretta At Home And Horizon

    October 15, 2018 at 6:01 am

    This seems like a good story book to instill some values to our kids. Great find. I love it.

  41. Tash

    October 15, 2018 at 10:22 am

    What a beautiful looking book, I love the way its teaching children about friendships

  42. Sally Akins

    October 15, 2018 at 10:24 am

    I’ve never heard of this book, but it sounds like a lovely way to discuss friendship with your child.

  43. Lynne Harper

    October 15, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Its so lovely how this has now been published since his passing what a beautiful tribute to him and what a stunning book the illustrations are just beautiful

  44. Louise

    October 15, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Aww, this book sounds absolutely wonderful. And it’s a lovely way to teach children about true friendship 🙂

    Louise x

  45. Jen

    October 15, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    I love a book that can teach them meaningful things like this. It sounds like a lovely read.

  46. Terri Beavers

    October 15, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I love how the book talks about friendship, it’s a great way to teach our boys to be kind and befriend other kids.
    My son tends to be shy around other kids, i think this will help out. I will be on the lookout for this book.

  47. Sarah Bailey

    October 15, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    This sounds like such an adorable story book – I love the look of the illustrations as well aren’t they just beautiful.

  48. kafeel bhatti

    October 16, 2018 at 7:52 am

    thanks for sharing !!

  49. Megwyn F.

    October 16, 2018 at 11:01 am

    I have always been a book reader myself when I was a child and I also wanted my children to love books as well. Sometimes their values in life starts in there.

  50. stacey

    October 16, 2018 at 11:22 am

    What a lovely book for kids. I love the idea of a tribute to a great friendship.

  51. Yousra Naeem

    October 19, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I don’t know many children books but I have to check this one out. Looks great. Thank you fir sharing!

  52. Flyingkids

    October 26, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Friendship is one of the things that parents should teach their children. Your ideas are really great! This is such a nice and interesting post 🙂

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