American Elephants


“Ben and Me” A Tale of the Founding Mouse by The Elephant's Child

Robert Lawson (1892-1957) was an American author and illustrator of children’s books.  Here we have the Walt Disney version of his classic Ben and MeHe illustrated dozens of excellent children’s books such as The Story of Ferdinand (1936) by Munro Leaf and Mr. Popper’s Penguins (1938) by Richard and Florence Atwater.  He illustrated more than forty books by other authors, and wrote and illustrated another seventeen himself.

He was the first person to receive both the Caldecott Medal (for best illustrated children’s book) for They Were Strong and Good (1940) and the Newberry Medal (for best children’s book) for Rabbit Hill (1944).  These classic books can be enjoyed by adults as well as children, a helpful quality when you have to read a favorite book over and over to a child.

With all due respect to Walt Disney, I much prefer the books. But here is the Disney version for the Fourth of July holiday.  The books are timeless, and highly recommended.

(h/t: Michael Potemra, in the Corner)

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