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Churchill: Recognizing Frog, Toad and Arnold Lobel in Schenectady

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SCHENECTADY – The cat in the hat? He's great.

That caterpillar who is very hungry? A bit glutenous, but also terrific.

Yet in my household neither Dr. Seuss' cat or Eric Carle's bug competes with Frog and Toad, the amphibian pair created by children's literary icon Arnold Lobel. My five-year-old loves the Frog and Toad stories, and my wife and I do, too.

We aren't alone, of course. Lobel's stories are widely celebrated and admired for their timeless humor, warmth, wisdom and celebration of friendship. The Schenectady native, whose books have sold more than 14 million copies, is one of a small number of authors and illustrators to have won both Caldecott and Newbery honors, the highest achievements in children's literature.

And yet, as I've mentioned before here, Lobel's accomplishments have largely gone unnoticed in his hometown.

That changes Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., when the Schenectady County Public Library has scheduled a celebration of the author and will unveil an "Arnold Lobel Literary Landmark."

It should be a nice moment, and the location couldn't be more appropriate, given that Lobel, raised on Baker Avenue by his maternal grandparents,........

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