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Title: Arnold (Stark) Lobel 1933-1987


1
Arnold (Stark) Lobel
1933-1987
  • Author/Illustrator

2
At a Glance
  • Born May 22, 1933 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Married Anita Kempler on April, 1955
  • (also a writer illustrator of children's
    books)
  • 2 children Adrianne Adam
  • Education Pratt Institute, B.F.A., 1955
  • Wrote Illustrated over 25 of his own books
  • Illustrated over 70 for other authors
  • Died of cardiac arrest, 1987

3
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends
  • (1970)
  • American Library Association Notable Book, 1970
  • Caldecott Honor Book, 1971
  • National Book Award finalist, 1971

4
Early Career
  • Began his career at Harper Row in 1961,
    illustrating over 20 books for other authors
    during this early period of his career.
  • In 1962, A Zoo for Mister Muster, written and
    illustrated by Lobel, was published by Harper and
    began his career as an author as well as
    illustrator.

5
Early Work
Greg's Microscope By Millicent Ellis Selsam 1963
  • Red Tag Comes Back
  • By Fred Phleger
  • 1961

The Quarreling Book By Charlotte Zolotow 1963
6
Frog and Toad Early Readers in the 1970s
7
Image source Fun with Dick and Jane A
Commemorative Collection of Stories. San
Francisco Collins Publishers, 1996.
http//faculty.valpo.edu/bflak/dickjane/spot.html
Early Readers 1930s-1960s Dick and Jane
8
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Early Readers A New Standard
  • Dr. Seuss and Bennett Cerf
  • Beginner Books
  • Dolch list but with a great deal of imagination
    and humor
  • Arnold Lobel and Harper Row Publishers
  • I Can Read Books
  • Ignored Dolch list but used short sentences and
    repeated words

10
Early Readers by Lobel
  • Short chapters
  • Controlled vocabulary
  • Repetition
  • Interesting stories and characters (emotion,
    humor, warmth)
  • Appeal to children
  • Classroom applications (reading, math, science,
    etc.)

11
I Can Read Frog and Toad Series
  • Frog and Toad
  • Are Friends-1970
  • Frog and Toad
  • Together-1972
  • Frog and Toad
  • all Year-1976
  • Days with Frog
  • and Toad-1979

12
I Can ReadAdditional Titles
  • Mouse Soup
  • 1977
  • Grasshopper on the Road
  • 1978
  • Owl at Home
  • 1975
  • Uncle Elephant
  • 1981

13
Excerpt from, Frog and Toad
14
Excerpt from, Uncle Elephant
15
Excerpt from, Owl at Home
16
Excerpt from, Grasshopper on the Road
17
Why It Works
  • A timeless mood is created by setting characters
    in gentle, pastoral scenes with out any modern
    trappings and by often dressing characters in
    formal Victorian attire.
  • By making his characters animals he could push
    their humanistic personality quirks to extremes
    and be humorous yet not off-putting.
  • Themes of friendship, acceptance, reliability and
    safety
  • Idyllic world without adult intrusions-characters
    are child-like and naïve but are independent and
    must often make important decisions concerning
    their world/lives.
  • Universal appeal of animal characters (lack of
    social status and ethnicity)
  • Text and illustrations are unified due to the
    varying compositional arrangements on the page
    and the limited use of color. A simple base of
    watercolor is accented with a few details using
    pen and ink.

18
Awards and Honors
  • Someday -One of the National Education
    Association's and American Library Association's
    Outstanding Children's Books (1964-65)
  • Benny's Animals and How He Put Them in
    Order-Boys' Club Award Certificate (1966-67)
  • On the Day Peter Stuyvesant Sailed into
    Town-American Library Association Notable Book
    (1971), Christopher Award (1973)
  • Frog and Toad Together-American Library
    Association Notable Book (1972), Book World
    Spring Book Festival Award for Picture Books
    (1972), Library Journal's Book List (1972),
    Newbery Honor Book (1972), American Library
    Association (1973), Brooklyn Art Books for
    Children citation (1973)
  • Hildilid's Night-Caldecott Honor Book (1972)
  • Mouse Tales-Irma Simonton Black Award, Bank
    Street College of Education (1973)
  • Frog and Toad All Year-Christopher Award (1977)
  • Dinosaur Time-Garden State American Book Award,
    New Jersey Library Association (1977)

19
Awards and Honors- Cont.
  • Owl at Home-Garden State American Book Award, New
    Jersey Library Association (1978)
  • How the Rooster Saved the Day-One of School
    Library Journal's Best Books for Spring (1977)
  • Frog and Toad books-Recognition of Merit Award,
    George G. Stone Center for Children's
  • Books (1978)
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends (paperback
    edition)-American Book Award finalist (1980)
  • Fables-Caldecott Medal (1981)
  • Grasshopper on the Road-Garden State American
    Book Award, New Jersey Library Association (1981)
  • Uncle Elephant-Irma Simonton Black Honor Award
    (1982)
  • Ming Lo Moves the Mountain-Parents' Choice Award
    for Illustration, Parents' Choice Foundation
    (1982)
  • On Market Street-American Book Award nomination
    (1982)

20
Quotes from Arnold Lobel
  • I cannot think of any work that could be more
    agreeable and fun than making books for
    children.
  • I know I know how do draw pictures. With
    writing, I dont really know what Im doing. Its
    very intuitive.
  • "Somehow in the writing of the manuscript for
    Frog and Toad I was, for the first time, able to
    write about myself. Frog and Toad are really two
    aspects of myself. Everyone can relate to Frog
    and Toad because they don't exist in this world,
  • I never like to use the same illustrative
    technique over and over, but rather to use a
    repertory of styles as they suit the mood of the
    manuscript.

21
Notable Books Written and Illustrated by Lobel
Parents' Choice Award for Illustration,
Parents' Choice Foundation-1982
22
Notable Books Illustrated by Lobel
  • Garden State American Book Award,
  • New Jersey Library Association-1977

23
Notable Books Illustrated by Lobel
24
Notable Books Written and Illustrated by Lobel
Caldecott Medal Award 1981
Knowledge will not always take the place of
simple observation. -From, The Elephant and His
Son
25
Quotes about Arnold Lobel
  • Bernice E. Cullinan, Mary K. Karrer, and Arlene
    M. Pillar, summarized the importance of Lobel's
    work "Lobel made beginning reading more fun when
    he created Frog and Toad and, in doing so,
    loosened the restrictions of the easy-to-read
    form.
  • Critics Eliot Fremont-Smith and Swan, compared
    Lobel's work to that of Winnie-the-Pooh's
    creator, A. A. Milne. "The order of Frog and
    Toad's friendship, is elementary-rather vague,
    gentle, undemanding, supportive (Pooh and Piglet
    come to mind, though their adventures are more
    complex and passionate)-but in its very modesty
    it is both appealing and very comforting to young
    children."
  • Margery Fisher found his realistic portrayal of
    the animals to be similar to the art of the
    British author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter.
    "Like Beatrix Potter, Arnold Lobel delineates his
    characters with a naturalist's care. His use of
    limited color--green and brown with black ink
    lines and shading-is extended by his strong sense
    of design and his selected use of detail.
  • "As both author and illustrator, Arnold Lobel's
    importance is undeniable," wrote Dictionary of
    Literary Biography contributor Jacqueline Gmuca.
    "The various awards that his books have received
    underscore this evaluation, but even more
    importantly, the prominent qualities of his
    works-their warmth and humor, social commentary,
    and basic truth-make Arnold Lobel an important
    figure in contemporary children's literature."

26
Media Adaptations Lobel Lives On
  • Many of Lobel's books are available with audio
    cassette adaptations
  • Numerous filmstrip adaptations of Lobel's books
    have been released, based on Frog and Toad
    Together and Whiskers and Rhymes
  • Videocassette adaptations of Lobel's books are
    available Fables, Arnold Lobel Showcase and On
    Market Street
  • A Year with Frog and Toad was adapted as a stage
    musical by Robert and Willie Reale and premiere
    at the Cort Theater in New York as a production
    of the Children's Theater Company directed by
    David Petrarca in 2003

27
Sources
  • www.carolhurst.com/authors/alobel.html
  • www.harpercollinschildrens.com/HarperChildrens/Kid
    s/AuthorsAndIllustrators
  • http//coe.west.asu.edu/students/dcorley/authors/L
    obbooks.html
  • Contemporary Authors Online, Arnold Lobel. Gale,
    2004.
  • Commire, Anne. ed. Something About the Author. V
    55. Detroit Gale Research Inc. 1989. Pages
    89-107.
  • Rockman, Connie C. ed. Ninth Book of Junior
    Authors and Illustrators. New York The H. W.
    Wilson Co. 2004. Page 316-21.
  • Silvey, Anita. ed. The Essential Guide to
    Childrens Books and Their Creators. New York
    Houghton Mifflin Co. 2002. Page 270-71.
  • Zipes, Jack. ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of
    Childrens Literature. V. 2. New York Oxford
    University Press, Inc. 2006. Pages 416-26.
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