Friday, February 19, 2010

Birthday Wishes


Louis Slobodkin

Louis Slobodkin was born on February 19, 1903 in Albany, New York.  He was a sculptor, illustrator and author.  At the age of 15 Louis attended the Beaux Arts Institute of Design.  In 1927 Louis married Florence Gersh, who was a poet and author of children's books.  The couple had two children.  Louis Slobodkin died in May 1975.

Louis illustrated more than 80 books, many of which he also wrote.  A few of the books he wrote and illustrated were; Thank You You're Welcome, A Good Place to Hide, The Adventures of Arab and Excuse Me! Certainly.  Louis and Florence collaborated on five books.  Those titles were; Too Many Mittens, The Cowboy Twins, Io Sono (I Am), Mr. Papadilly and Willy, and Sarah Somebody.  The last book that Louis had published was Wilbur the Warrior.  It was published in 1972.

There is a website,, that has many of the book covers and excerpts from books that Louis Slobodkin worked on.  If you get a chance, check it out.


librarytypos said...

Dear Susanne,

Thanks for this birthday mention of the great Louis Slobodkin! I am the owner of the fan site you link to and I'm sorry to say that the site is offline at the moment, but should be back up soon. One mistake I wanted to point out, though, in your posting is where you say the "couple had no children." Louis and Florence had two sons, Lawrence and Michael, both of whom have passed away during recent years.



Carol Reid

librarytypos said...

Hi Susanne,

The Louis Slobodkin fan site is back! With a slightly different URL:

Spread the news... :-)



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