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Robert Lawson

(Robert (Rob, Robin) Ripley Lawson)

Author,Illustrator,Compiler

(1892 - 1957)

Robert Lawson

Robert Lawson was an American author and illustrator. He is considered one of the finest creators of children’s books of his time. Lawson was the first to receive both of the top two American prizes in this field: the Caldecott Medal for They Were Strong and Good (1940), and the Newbery Medal for Rabbit Hill (1945).



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The Story of Ferdinand (1936)

Ferdinand liked to sit just quietly under the cork tree and smell the flowers, but the five men in funny hats want to take him to Madrid to fight in the bull fights.

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Author(s): Munro Leaf
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Story of Jesus for Young People (1937)

A somewhat unorthodox retelling of the New Testament from a liberal Protestant (Episcopalian) viewpoint. Robert Lawson’s illustrations are worth seeing.

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Author(s): Walter Russell Bowie
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Story of Simpson and Sampson (1941)

Simpson and Sampson are twins. Simpson is always well behaved, Sampson, quite the other. Or is it the other way ’round? Another collaboration between the author and illustrator of Ferdinand.

Author(s): Munro Leaf
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Sword in the Stone (1939)

This is the story of King Arthur’s boyhood with his foster father Sir Ector and his foster brother Kay. Merlin the magician is his tutor who sometimes gets confused as he is living time backwards.

The author was an expert on medieval chivalry. Robert Lawson supplied the endpapers.

Author(s): T. H. White
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson
T. H. White

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Swords and Statues (1937)

This is the story of how Carlo Brunelli becomes a goldsmith in Italy in the 1500’s.

The blue cloth binding is the trade edition. The Junior Literary Guild edition is slightly taller and has an orange cloth binding.

Author(s): Clarence Stratton
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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They Were Strong and Good (1940)

Robert Lawson tells the story of his parents and grandparents, and illustrates it too.

Author(s): Robert Lawson
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Tough Winter (1954)

The hard winter that Uncle Analdas, the old rabbit, prophesies comes to pass in more ways than one for Little Georgie and the other animals of Rabbit Hill when the Folks go away and leave a neglectful caretaker with a mean dog in charge. This is the story of how they ‘fought the winter through.’

The Junior Literary Guild edition is in a library binding.

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Author(s): Robert Lawson
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Treasure of the Isle of Mist (1934)

Fiona and the Urchin set out on a treasure hunt. The Urchin is looking for the doubloons lost by the wreck of the Spanish Armada. Fiona is searching for the Treasure of the Isle of Mist. Robert Lawson did the pictures.

Author(s): William W. Tarn
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Tunes and Harmonies (1936)

A songbook for the elementary grades, this volume is illustrated by both N. C. Wyeth and Robert Lawson.

Author(s): None
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson
N. C. Wyeth

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Under the Tent of the Sky (1937)

This is a collection of poems about animals, large and small.

Author(s): John E. Brewton
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Unicorn with Silver Shoes (1932)

Ballor’s Son tires of life at the court of the King his father and crosses over into the the Land of the Ever Young where he learns to shoe horses, kelpies and unicorns under the tutelage of the Pooka.

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Author(s): Ella Young
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Watchwords of Liberty (1943)

Robert Lawson puts famous quotations from American history in their context and illuminates them with his illustrations.

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Author(s): Robert Lawson
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Watchwords of Liberty New Edition (1957)

A collection of quotations from famous personages in American history.

For this new edition, the author has revised the pledge and the first two paragraphs of the foreword.

The final quotation is now from John Philpot Curran - Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty - instead of FDR's - The Heart of This Nation Is Sound, to reflect the ebbing of wartime passions.

The paper is a little thinner and the binding cloth is more washable. The dust jacket is unchanged.

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Author(s): Robert Lawson
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Wee Gillis (1938)

This is the story of how Wee Gillis decides whether to live in the Scottish lowlands like his mother’s family or in the highlands like his father’s people.

This is the second book by the author and illustrator of Ferdinand.

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Author(s): Munro Leaf
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Wee Men of Ballywooden (1930)

Arthur Mason was an Irish sailor and gold prospector. He learned about the Wee Men from his mother when he was a boy growing up in Ireland. In this first book he tells of the Night of the Big Wind and how the Wee Men recovered their bagpipes from the rascally jackdaw.

This was Robert Lawson’s second published book which first brought his detailed and fantastic black and white illustrations to a wide audience.

Author(s): Arthur Mason
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Wee Men of Ballywooden (1937)

Arthur Mason was an Irish sailor and gold prospector. He learned about the Wee Men from his mother when he was a boy growing up in Ireland.

In this first book he tells of the Night of the Big Wind and how the Wee Men recovered their bagpipes from the rascally jackdaw.

This was Robert Lawson’s second published book which first brought his detailed and fantastic black and white illustrations to a wide audience.

Author(s): Arthur Mason
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Wee Men of Ballywooden (1952)

Arthur Mason was an Irish sailor and gold prospector. He learned about the Wee Men from his mother when he was a boy growing up in Ireland. In this first book he tells of the Night of the Big Wind and how the Wee Men recovered their bagpipes from the rascally jackdaw.

This was Robert Lawson’s second published book which first brought his detailed and fantastic black and white illustrations to a wide audience.

Author(s): Arthur Mason
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Wind of the Vikings (1937)

Karin Kincaid goes to stay with her grandmother and uncle on the island of Eday off the north coast of Scotland. She learns to sail and searches for a lost Viking treasure.

Author(s): Maribelle Cormack
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat (1922)

Prince Toofat meets Himself in the mirror and the two go through the Looking Glass into Fairyland where they meet the Great Foozlewhich and the Princess Oogalally.

Author(s): George R. Chester
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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