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Robert Lawson (1) (1892–1957)

Author of Ben and Me

For other authors named Robert Lawson, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Robert Lawson was born in 1892 in New York City. He studied art for three years under illustrator Howard Giles. His career as an illustrator began in 1914, when his illustration for a poem about the invasion of Belgium was published in Harper's Weekly. In 1922, he illustrated his first children's show more book, The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat. Subsequently he illustrated dozens of children's books by other authors, including such well-known titles as The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater. He has illustrated as many as forty books by other authors, and another seventeen books that he himself was author of, including Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin By His Good Mouse Amos and Rabbit Hill. His work was widely admired, and he became the first, and so far only, person to be given both the Caldecott Medal (They Were Strong and Good, 1941) and the Newbery Medal (Rabbit Hill, 1945). Ben and Me earned a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1961. Lawson died in 1957 at his home in Westport, Connecticut, in a house that he referred to as Rabbit Hill, since it had been the setting for his book of the same name. He was 64. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Robert Lawson

Ben and Me (1939) 2,846 copies, 24 reviews
Rabbit Hill (1944) 2,806 copies, 49 reviews
Mr. Revere and I (1953) 1,333 copies, 7 reviews
The Great Wheel (1957) 1,018 copies, 5 reviews
They Were Strong and Good (1940) 590 copies, 18 reviews
The Tough Winter (1954) 528 copies, 4 reviews
Captain Kidd's Cat (1956) 104 copies, 3 reviews
I Discover Columbus (1941) 100 copies
Watchwords of Liberty (1943) 88 copies, 1 review
The Fabulous Flight (1949) 78 copies, 6 reviews
Mr. Twigg's Mistake (1947) 63 copies, 3 reviews
Edward, Hoppy and Joe (1952) 38 copies
Robbut: A Tale of Tails (1989) 35 copies, 2 reviews
Mr. Wilmer (1945) 27 copies, 1 review
Country Colic (1944) 23 copies

Associated Works

The Pilgrim's Progress (1678) — Illustrator, some editions — 17,752 copies, 163 reviews
The Prince and the Pauper (1881) — Illustrator, some editions — 9,549 copies, 78 reviews
The Story of Ferdinand (1936) — Illustrator — 9,274 copies, 171 reviews
Mr. Popper's Penguins (1938) — Illustrator, some editions — 9,273 copies, 160 reviews
The Sword in the Stone (1938) — Illustrator, some editions — 3,404 copies, 48 reviews
Adam of the Road (1942) — Illustrator — 3,345 copies, 26 reviews
Wee Gillis (1938) — Illustrator — 597 copies, 11 reviews
The Crock of Gold (1912) — Illustrator, some editions — 516 copies, 13 reviews
The Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature, Volumes 1-2 (1955) — Contributor — 466 copies, 4 reviews
Aesop's Fables: A New Version (0006) — Illustrator — 244 copies, 1 review
Ferdinand [2017 animated film] (2017) — Original book — 126 copies, 1 review
Great Stories for Young Readers (1969) — Contributor — 92 copies
The Penguin Book of Classic Children's Characters (1997) — Contributor — 92 copies
The Pilgrim's Progress In Words of One Syllable (1884) — Illustrator, some editions — 90 copies
Best Loved Books for Young Readers 10 (1924) 62 copies, 1 review
Poo-Poo and the Dragons (1942) — Illustrator, some editions — 49 copies
The Little Woman Wanted Noise (New York Review Books Children's Collection) (1943) — Illustrator, some editions — 43 copies, 1 review
Four and Twenty Blackbirds: A Collection of Old Nursery Rhymes (1937) — Illustrator — 38 copies, 3 reviews
Prince Prigio (1942) — Illustrator, some editions — 36 copies, 1 review
The Golden Horseshoe (1935) — Illustrator — 33 copies
A Newbery Zoo: A dozen animal stories by Newbery Award-winning authors (1995) — Contributor — 33 copies, 1 review
The Treasure of the Isle of Mist: A Tale of the Isle of Skye (1642) — Illustrator, some editions — 30 copies, 1 review
The Unicorn with Silver Shoes (1932) — Illustrator — 28 copies, 1 review
Under The Tent Of The Sky (1937) — Illustrator, some editions — 28 copies
The Best of Both Worlds: An Anthology of Stories for All Ages (1968) — Contributor — 25 copies, 1 review
Nelly Custis, daughter of Mount Vernon, (1937) — Illustrator, some editions — 22 copies
The story of Jesus for young people (1937) — Illustrator, some editions — 21 copies
Benjamin Franklin (Real People) (1950) — Illustrator, some editions — 17 copies
Haven's End (1947) — some editions — 17 copies
Drums of Monmouth (1935) — Illustrator, some editions — 16 copies
I hear America singing;: An anthology of folk poetry, (1937) — Illustrator, some editions — 15 copies
The Story of Simpson and Sampson (1899) — Illustrator — 14 copies, 1 review
Slim (1934) — Illustrator, some editions — 12 copies
From the Horn of the Moon (1931) — Illustrator — 11 copies
Gaily we parade; a collection of poems about people, here, there & everywhere (1967) — Illustrator, some editions — 11 copies
Peik (1911) — Illustrator, some editions — 11 copies
High Tension (1938) — Illustrator, some editions — 11 copies, 1 review
The Wee Men of Ballywooden (1952) — Illustrator, some editions — 11 copies
Ben and Me [1953 short film] (1953) — Original story — 10 copies
Tunes and Harmonies (The World of Music) (1936) — Illustrator, some editions — 9 copies
More Chucklebait: Funny Stories for Everyone (1949) — Contributor — 9 copies
The Hurdy-Gurdy Man (1933) — Illustrator — 8 copies, 1 review
Greylock and the Robins (1946) — Illustrator, some editions — 7 copies
Wind of the Vikings : a tale of the Orkney isles (1937) — Illustrator, some editions — 6 copies
Evergreen Tales Group 2 — Illustrator, some editions — 5 copies
Writing Books for Boys and Girls (1952) — Contributor, some editions — 5 copies
Robert Lawson on my shelves (1977) — Illustrator — 5 copies
The Roving Lobster (1931) — Illustrator — 4 copies
One foot in Fairyland — Illustrator, some editions — 3 copies
Robert Lawson (1997) — Illustrator — 3 copies
The Liberty Story [1957 TV episode] (1957) — Original book — 2 copies
Miranda is a Princess; a Story of Old Spain — Illustrator, some editions — 2 copies
Seven Beads of Wampum (1936) — Illustrator, some editions — 2 copies
The Connecticut Cookbook — Illustrator, some editions; Illustrator, some editions — 2 copies
Francis Scott Key — Illustrator, some editions — 1 copy
Rabbit Hill [1967 - Film] — Based on his Book — 1 copy
Mathematics for Success, (1952) — Illustrator, some editions — 1 copy
The New People and Progress - Ben and Me — Contributor, some editions — 1 copy
Betsy Ross — Illustrator — 1 copy
Wychwood — Illustrator, some editions — 1 copy
The Shoelace Robin — Illustrator, some editions — 1 copy

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Paul Revere didn't make his famous midnight ride alone. Meet a patriot unlike any other: Scheherazade, the mare who doesn't mind mentioning she was once the fastest and most admired horse in the King's army. But on arrival in America, "Sherry" is quickly let down by her British rider and recruited by Sam Adams to join the Sons of Liberty. Before long, she finds herself teamed with Raul Revere to play a key - if unnoticed - role in the American Revolution. Full of wit and wisdom, this beloved classic presents an unforgettable view to the birth of a nation - straight from the horse's mouth!… (more)
 
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PlumfieldCH | 6 other reviews | May 17, 2024 |
2 stars for the story, 3.5 for the art// It would be easy to give this a 1 or 2 star rating solely based on the themes in the book (racism & slavery), but I think it's important to remember that it was written in 1940, and that it's a tribute to family and the pride Lawson had for all that his family did for their country. His striking illustrations are also filled with deep emotion.
 
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mrsandersonreads23 | 17 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |
The hard winter that Analdas, the old Rabbit, prophesies comes to pass in more ways than one for the dwellers of Rabbit Hill when the "Folk" go away and leave a neglectful Caretaker with a mean Dog in charge.
 
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PlumfieldCH | 3 other reviews | Dec 21, 2023 |
"Your fortune lies to the west. Keep your face to the sunset . . . and one day you'll ride the greatest wheel in all the world."

When Aunt Honora reads this fortune in Conn Kilroy's tea leaves, Conn knows he is destined for greater things than his small Irish village can offer. A letter from his uncle Michael in America offering Conn a partnership in his New York contracting company sets Conn on his western adventure. Just a few short months later Conn's Uncle Patrick lures him even farther west to Chicago, where they join the hardworking crew building what some called Ferris's Folly - the first Ferris wheel - then the largest wheel in the world and the showpiece of Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Conn's journey captures the spirit of the American industrial era - the risk and hard labor, and the moments of glory.… (more)
 
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PlumfieldCH | 4 other reviews | Dec 15, 2023 |

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