"Where the Wild Things Are" was intended from the beginning to feature fillies, foals, and mares.
Editor Ursula Nordstrom adored the title, finding it poetic and beautiful, but there was one problem: the author Maurice Sendak couldn’t draw horses.
When he told his editor that the whole horse thing wasn’t going to work out, he recalls her “acid tone[d]” response:
“Maurice, what can you draw?”
“Things,” he answered.
And "things" he drew.
"Where the Wild Things Are" (image: sendakfoundation.org)