(Robert (Rob, Robin) Ripley Lawson)
(1892 - 1957)
Robert Lawson was an American author and illuustrator. 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).
Adam of the Road (1942)
Adam of the Road is a novel by Elizabeth Janet Gray. Gray won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children’s literature in 1943 for this the book. Set in thirteenth-century England, the book follows the adventures of a young boy, Adam. After losing his spaniel and minstrel father, Adam embarks on a series of escapades throughout medieval England. Readers are given an accurate portrayal of medieval culture and society. The book is illustrated by Robert Lawson. The Newbery Award seal was applied to the dust jacket by the time of the second printing in June 1943. The paper in the first printing is unusually heavy for a war time book, but by the second and third printings, it had noticably decreased in thickness. The green cloth binding of the first printing became blue in subsequent printings.
A collection of stories and poems about adventure for older children.
Stephen W. Meader
Aesop’s Fables (1941)
Here are all the old familiar fables from The Hare and the Tortoise to The Fox and the Crow and many others that are not as well known. This is The Heritage Illustrated Bookshelf edition. It is a smaller format than the original Heritage Press edition printed on light weight, uncoated paper (which is subject to considerable foxing) and lacks the colophon. The design of the box is the same as the dust jacket.
There is also a Heritage Reprints edition, slightly smaller in size on even thinner but coated paper. Between the two the Reprints edition shows the illustrations to better advantage.
At That Time (1947)
Robert Lawson’s memoir of growing up is set in suburban New Jersey in the early twentieth century. While aimed at older readers, younger ones will find much to enjoy as well. He is particularly good on the subject of kites, their proper construction and flying. The cover illustration does not appear in the book.
Ben and Me (1939)
In this, the first of Robert Lawson’s biographies of famous men written by their pets, Amos the mouse reveals the real story behind the Benjamin Franklin legend. From the invention of the Franklin Stove (based on a design by Amos) to his successful term as the United States ambassador to France, the talented mouse was at the great man’s side with his advice and counsel.
Betsy Ross (1936)
Helen Bates tells the story of how General George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross to sew the first American flag.
Captain Kidd’s Cat (1956)
Being the True and Dolorous Chronicle of Wm. Kidd, Gent. & Merchant of New York. Late Captain of the Adventure Galley. Of the Vicissitudes attending His Unfortunate Cruise in Eastern Waters, of His Incarceration in Newgate Prison, of His Unjust Trial and Execution. As Narrated by His Faithful Cat McDermot, who ought to know.
In this, his fourth biography written by the subject’s pet, following on the success of “Ben and Me,” and “I Discover Columbus” and “Mr. Revere and I,” illustrator Robert Lawson returns to his earlier pen-and-ink style for the illustrations.
The Children’s Hour Volume 2 (1953)
An anthology of fairy tales, old and new. The illustrations by Robert Lawson had previously appeared in Just for Fun.
Dorothy P. Lathrop
Marie A. Lawson
Henry C. Pitz
Ernest H. Shepard
The Children’s Hour Volume 4 (1953)
A collection of humorous and nonsense stories and verse. Includes a selection from Mr. Popper's Penguins with illustrations by Robert Lawson.
Walter R. Brooks
Laura E. Richards
The Children’s Hour Volume 5 (1953)
A copious collection of poetry. Includes Robert Lawson's illustrations to three poems of Jonathan Bing. The image on page 247 of Jonathan with a wheelbarrow does not appear in Just for Fun.
Eighteen selections from classic novels.
James Fenimore Cooper
Sir Walter Scott
Hilda van Stockum
The Connecticut Cookbook (1944)
This is a collection of recipes from Connecticut kitchens, equally adapted for wartime and peacetime.
Country Colic (1944)
Robert Lawson has written an illustrated glossary of the joys and travails of country living.
The Crock of Gold (1942)
A fantasy about a philosopher, leprecauns, policemen and a crock of gold among others.