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Whether Owl is inviting Winter in on a snowy night or welcoming a new friend he meets while on a stroll, Owl always has room for visitors!
During his distinguished career Arnold Lobel wrote and/or illustrated over 70 books for children. To his illustrating credit, he had a Caldecott Medal book -- Fables (1981) -- and two Caldecott Honor Books-his own Frog and Toad are Friends (1971) and Hildilid's Night by Cheli Duran Ryan (1972). To his writing credit, he had a Newbery Honor Book -- Frog and Toad Together (1973). But to his greatest credit, he had a following of literally millions of young children with whom he shared the warmth and humor of his unpretentious vision of life.
Though he was a born storyteller -- he began making up stories extemporaneously to entertain his fellow second-graders in Schenectady, New York, where he grew up in the care of his grandparents. Mr. Lobel called himself a "lucky amateur" in terms of his writing. Viewing himself as a professionally trained illustrator (he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute), he said, "I know how to draw pictures. With writing, I don't really know what I'm doing. It's very intuitive."
In addition to the Frog and Toad books, Owl at Home, Mouse Tales, The Book of Pigericks, and many other popular books he created, Mr. Lobel also illustrated other writers' texts that captured his fancy. He viewed this as "something different and challenging." Often his illustrations for those books showed a different aspect of his personality and his artistic expertise, ranging from his meticulous dinosaurs in Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish to his chilling pen-and-ink drawings in Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep by Jack Prelutsky, about which Booklist wrote, "Young readers will be amazed that the gentle Lobel of Frog and Toad fame can be so comfortably diabolic."
In 1977 Mr. Lobel and his wife, Anita, a distinguished children's book author and artist in her own right, collaborated on their first book, How the Rooster Saved the Day, chosen by School Library Journal as one of the Best Books of the Year, 1977. They then collaborated on three more books, A Treeful of Pigs, a 1979 ALA Notable Book; On Market Street, a 1982 Caldecott Honor Book; and The Rose in My Garden, a 1984 Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book.
Arnold Lobel died in 1987.
I love this book because it's so gentle and Owl is so sweet. Now that we have a new granddaughter, I bought another copy.Published 2 months ago by Heather
Great books for young readers! I have daughters in grades 1 & 2 and they both really enjoy reading these books!Published 5 months ago by LSHuff
Gentle, whimsical, amusing, wistful and oddly comforting. Great for new readers, and for reading aloud. An instant favourite at our house.Published 8 months ago by Liz
This is a great book and delivery was uite fast from Amazon.Published 10 months ago by Kelly Robertson
I read this series when I was young and I read them in turn to my own children. They are funny and my kids wanted them read again and again. They are true classics.Published on Oct. 22 2011 by ReadingInBC
My cousin recommended this book. So, I requested it from the library, picked it up, poured a glass of wine, and had my 9-year old daughter, Amanda, read it to me. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2007 by Jennie C
This even surpasses the Forg and Toad books, which every child must read. As good as children's books get!Published on July 15 2004 by Mike Citykin
I read this book like crazy when I was in Kindergarten. The art in the book is great, seriously. From the weather moot Owl story to the others, the art is so wonderful. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Michael Roffman