- Lillian Hoban
Lillian Hoban (
May 18, 1925– July 17, 1998) was a children's literatureauthor and artist.
The youngest of three children, Hoban was born Lillian Aberman in
Philadelphiaon May 18, 1925. She attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, studied dance for ten years and danced with the Martha Grahamtroupe, taught Modern Dance and danced professionally in the 1950s.
Hoban learned to draw still life and began to write her own stories only after having four children, Phoebe, Brom, Esme and Julia. She based her tales on their experiences.
Her "I-Can-Read" books about "Arthur the
Chimpanzee" and his little sister Violet, and the "Frances the Badger" books (illustrated by Hoban but written by her then-husband Russell) continue to be extremely popular among children as time goes by, widely considered to be classics. "Charlie the Tramp", about a wayward young beaverand his family, is now unfortunately out of print. She also illustrated the Riverside Kids series including "Russell Rides Again, Elisa In The Middle, Superduper Teddy", and "Busybody" Nora. The last Riverside Kids book she illustrated is "Ever-Clever Elisa".
Lillian Hoban died in 1998.
* [http://www.lillianhoban.com/ Harper Collins site with a biography and list of Hoban's books.]
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0387536/ IMDB Filmography for Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977). States date of death]
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