Marcia Lauter Obrasky Levin (October 29, 1918 – April 18, 2006) was a children's book author, sometimes using the pen name of Marcia Martin. She was creator of the Donna Parker series, as well as 22 books for beginning readers, and some of the first enrichment textbooks about the New Math.

Marcia Levin
Born(1918-10-29)October 29, 1918
Philadelphia, United States
DiedApril 18, 2006(2006-04-18) (aged 87)
Sarasota, Florida
OccupationWriter
Period1951 to 1978
GenreChildren's fiction
Notable worksDonna Parker
The Merry Mailman
Tom Corbett
SpouseMartin Levin
Children3, including Jeremy Leven
Website
marcialevin.com

Biography edit

Levin was born and raised in Philadelphia, the daughter of Abraham N. Obrasky and Elizabeth Lauter Obrasky.[1] Her father was a dentist.[2] She graduated from Overbrook High School. She married writer, publisher, and lawyer Martin Levin in 1939.[3] They had three children,[4] including writer Jeremy Leven, publisher Hugh Lauter Levin, and psychologist and academic dean Wendy Newby.[5] She lived in Rye, New York for 56 years. She died in Sarasota, Florida, in 2006, at the age of 87.

Publications edit

The Chicago Tribune praised Levin and Bendick's Take Shapes, Lines, and Letters (1962) as "a dandy introduction to the world of mathematics without numbers."[6]

Donna Parker Series edit

  • Donna Parker, Special Agent (Whitman Books, 1957 - ISBN 978-987-776-522-9)
  • Donna Parker on Her Own (Whitman Books, 1957)
  • Donna Parker: A Spring to Remember (Whitman Books, 1960)[7]
  • Donna Parker at Cherrydale (World Distributors, 1961)
  • Donna Parker in Hollywood (Whitman Books, 1961)
  • Donna Parker Mystery at Arawak (Whitman Books, 1962)[8]
  • Donna Parker Takes a Giant Step (Whitman Books, 1964)

Tom Corbett Series edit

  • Tom Corbett's A Trip to the Moon (Wonder Books, 1953)
  • Tom Corbett's Wonder Book of Space (Wonder Books, 1953)

Classics Retold edit

  • Anna Sewell's Black Beauty Retold For Little Children (Wonder Books, 1952)
  • Peter Pan (Wonder Books, 1952) (illustrated by Beatrice Derwinski)
  • Adventures From the Original Alice in Wonderland (Wonder Books, 1978)

The Merry Mailman Series edit

  • The Merry Mailman (Treasure Books, 1953)
  • The Merry Mailman Around the World (Treasure Books, 1955)

Mathematics edit

  • Mathematics Illustrated Dictionary: Facts, Figures and People, Including the New Mathematics by Jeanne Bendick, Marcia Levin, Leonard Simon, Margaret Pickard. (Kaye & Ward Limited, ISBN 0-7182-0877-3)
  • Take a Number: New Ideas + Imagination = More Fun (1961, with Jeanne Bendick)[9]
  • Take Shapes, Lines and Letters: New Horizons in Mathematics (1962, with Jeanne Bendick)[10]
  • New mathematics practice workbook Marcia Levin & Jeanne Bendick. Illustrated by Jeanne Bendick. (Grosset & Dunlap, 1966)

Other books edit

  • A Little Cowboy's Christmas (Wonder Books, 1951)
  • How the Clown Got His Smile (Wonder Books, 1951)
  • Sonny the Lucky Bunny (World Distributors, 1952) (illustrated by Art Seiden)
  • Waiting for Santa Claus: Christmas is coming (Wonder Books, 1952)
  • Let's Take a Ride (Treasure Books, 1953)
  • Johnny Grows Up (Wonder Books, 1954)
  • Pushups and Pinups (1964, with Jeanne Bendick)[11]
  • Grandmother's Book (Galahad Books 1998)[12]

References edit

  1. ^ "Elizabeth Lauter Obrasky". The Reporter Dispatch. 1980-06-28. p. 10. Retrieved 2024-02-03.
  2. ^ "Local Men Get Medical Degrees". Harrisburg Telegraph. 1914-06-06. p. 3. Retrieved 2024-02-03 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Applications for Marriage Licenses". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 1939-03-26. p. 11. Retrieved 2024-02-03 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Martin P. Levin of Rye Named Head of Book Publishing Group". The Daily Item. 1966-07-20. p. 2. Retrieved 2024-02-03 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "The Levin Center » About Us". Retrieved 2024-02-03.
  6. ^ "Junior Bookshelf: Review of 'Take Shapes, Lines and Letters'". Chicago Tribune. 1962-09-30. p. 146. Retrieved 2024-02-03 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Levin, Marcia Lauter Obrasky (1960). Donna Parker, a Spring to Remember. Whitman Publishing Company.
  8. ^ Levin, Marcia Lauter Obrasky (1962). Donna Parker, Mystery at Arawak. Whitman Publishing Company.
  9. ^ Bendick, Jeanne; Levin, Marcia Lauter Obrasky (1961). Take a number : new ideas + imagination = more fun. Internet Archive. New York : Whittlesey House.
  10. ^ Bendick, Jeanne; Levin, Marcia (1962). Take Shapes, Lines and Letters; New Horizons in Mathematics. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0-07-004487-6.
  11. ^ "Juveniles Will Enjoy Books Cued to Them". Journal and Courier. 1964-10-29. p. 27. Retrieved 2024-02-03 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Levin, Marcia Lauter Obrasky (1998). Grandmother's book. Internet Archive. New York : Galahad Books. ISBN 978-1-57866-035-3.

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