Tuesday, May 18, 2010

18th May Lillian Hoban (1925 - 1998) International Museum Day

Lillian Hoban was an American illustrator. She illustrated books that she also authored such as the series of I Can Read books about a chimpanzee named Arthur and his little sister, Violet. She illustrated other authors, such as Miriam Cohen and James Howe's books but she is probably best known for her illustrations of Frances the badger in a series of books written by her then-husband Russell Hoban. While both Lillian and Russell individually were prolific, it is probably this series that they are both best remembered for and these books are considered 'classics' by many. Lillian's original illustrations have had colour added to them in the more recent editions of the stories that started life with minimal colours, such as pink, orange and green. The Frances books deal with specific early childhood issues such as sibling rivalry, fears and friendship. And even though they look old-fashioned in the children's eyes, once I share one or two they are all borrowed.

I will write about International Museum Day tomorrow.

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