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Lawson Robert
Ben and Me

Lawson Robert  (18921957) Ben and Me

Robert Lawson was born in New York City on October 4, 1892. Encouraged by his mother to appreciate books and the visual arts, he attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts in the early 1910s. He worked as a freelance illustrator in New York City between 1914 and 1917 and served in the army as a camouflage designer during World War I. Lawson returned to commercial art upon his discharge in 1919 and married fellow illustrator Marie Abrams in 1922.

Although Lawson had illustrated several children's books as early as 1922, he gained his first widespread acclaim for his illustrations for Munro Leaf's The Story of Ferdinand in 1936. Bolstered by his new success, he illustrated well over a dozen other children's books over the next three years. In 1939 Lawson produced his first work as author-illustrator. Ben and Me told the story of Amos, Benjamin Franklin's pet mouse, who contributed to his master's accomplishments. A great favorite among children, it became the first of four books featuring the covertly influential pets of famous historical figures. These titles are among the many animal fables for which Lawson is so well known.

Robert Lawson received the Caldecott Medal in 1941 for They Were Strong and Good, a picture book biography of his parents and grandparents. It was representative of Lawson's works that celebrated mid-twentieth-century American values and ideals. He won the Newbery Medal in 1945 for Rabbit Hill, a fantasy about several lovable yet troublesome animals that undermine a garden. Lawson is the only individual to receive both awards. He died of a heart attack in Westport, Connecticut, on May 26, 1957.

Grenada, 1989, Amos escapes

Grenada, 1989, Amos and Ben meet

Grenada, 1989, The heaster works

Grenada, 1989, The invention of the bifocals

Grenada, 1989, Amos improves the newspaper

Grenada, 1989, Ben at the printing press

Grenada, 1989, Ben experiments with electricity

Grenada, 1989, Ben in England

Grenada, 1989, The document of the agreement

Grenada, 1989, Ben teaching in class

Grenada, 1989, Declarating of indepenpence

Grenada Grenadines, 1989, Mickey with chicken

Grenada Grenadines, 1989, Uncle Scrooge

Grenada Grenadines, 1989, Robin Hood

Grenada Grenadines, 1989, Winny the Pooh and Ben

Grenada Grenadines, 1989, Goofy, Minnie and Donald

Grenada Grenadines, 1989, Pinocchio

Grenada Grenadines, 1989, Huey and Dewey

Grenada Grenadines, 1989, Mickey sleeping

Grenada Grenadines, 1989, Mickey as Benjamin Franklin

Grenada Grenadines, 1989, Mickey running

Grenada Grenadines, 1989, Mickey bowing

Grenada Grenadines, 1989, Mickey with a basket

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