Slobodkin, Louis

About the author

Louis Slobodkin (1903–75) was an American author and illustrator. He was born in New York, but found school dull. It was when he was given a piece of modelling clay that he knew what he wanted to do: sculpt. He studied art from the age of 15 at the Beaux Arts Institute of Design. When he left he worked in a modelling studio, on a steamer and in Paris. On his return to New York, he opened his own studio, and sculpted, contributing works for many government buildings. His career as an illustrator started when he illustrated The Moffats for his friend Eleanor Estes. He won the Caldecott Medal in 1944 for his work on James Thurber’s Many Moons. In all he illustrated around 90 titles, of which he wrote 50 himself. At least one of his books is a horse story: The Adventures of Arab (1946).

Finding the book
Reasonably easy to find.

Links and sources
Terri Wear: Horse Stories: An Annotated Bibliography
Louis Slobodkin’s papers are at the de Grummond collection

Bibliography (horse books only)

The Adventures of Arab

Macmillan, New York, 1946, 12 pp.

Arab is a carousel horse, but not a happy one. His life is dull, so he trades places with an
old car horse, and gets to experience life pulling a cart and performing in a circus.