My mom gave the kid Maurice Sendak's Nutshell Library for Christmas last year, and at some point, it totally clicked with her. Not just because of the stories, but because of the scale. They're a box set of tiny little, kid-hands-size books, which she could fit in her own pocket, or her backpack. She'd carry one with her on the train, and we'd pull it out and read it, it was awesome.
Anyway, Andy pointed to the segments from Sendak's 1975 TV special, Really Rosie, where all four Nutshell titles appeared as animated songs that all took place on a brassy girl, Rosie's, street [Rosie was sung by Carole King.] The kid's two favorites:
and One Was Johnny
While I'm on the Sendak subject, I'll mention the rather cool cartoon version of In The Night Kitchen, too, which has an awesomely hep jazz soundtrack and a refreshingly subdued Peter Schiekele narrating:
The cartoons are all from a Scholastic DVD of Where The Wild Things Are, which is only $9 because it's only 35 minutes long. [amazon]
Buy the Nutshell Library, $11.50 [amazon]