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William Steig, the United States nominee for the 1982 Hans Christian Anderson Illustrator's Medal, received the 1981 Irma Simonton Black Award for his most recent book, Gorky Rises, and the 1970 Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Abel's Island and The Amazing Bone were 1977 Newbery and Caldecott Honor Books respectively.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Dentists Fiction, Mice Fiction, Animals Fiction