Friday, November 14, 2008

November 14 Birthdays: Robert Fulton, Claude Monet and William Steig

Robert Fulton, inventor
Nov. 14, 1765-Feb. 24, 1815

Robert Fulton: From Submarine to Steamboat by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth (Holiday House, 1999)

Fulton's name is synonymous with steamboats. But first he was a sign painter, air-gun inventor and apprentice jeweler. Read all about his life and inventions in this picture book biography.

An article about Robert Fulton and the War of 1812 is posted at

Claude Monet, artist
Nov 14, 1840-Dec. 5, 1926

A Blue Butterfly: A Story About Claude Monet by Bijou Le Tord (Doubleday, 1995)

In the style of Monet's work, Le Tord uses impressionistlike paintings to illustrate this snapshot of his later years.

View Monet images at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Museums, including one of the famous Water Lilies paintings.

William Steig, writer and illustrator
Nov. 14, 1907-Oct. 3, 2003

When Everyone Wore a Hat by William Steig (Joanna Colter Books, 2003)

In this picture book autobiography, Steig looked at the year he was eight, when the world was at war, and he had dreams for the future.

A cartoonist for the New Yorker, Steig was in his 60s when he began writing and illustrating children's books. Stop by the Official Site of William Steig for articles on Steig, his books, reading guides and more.