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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tobin Fraley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1951 in Santa Barbara, California


-- Website -- http://www.tobinfraley.com
-- Tobin Fraley on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=tobin+fraley


Illinois Connection

Fraley currently resides in Long Grove, Illinois. His latest book, ''36 Acres'', is a study in writing and photographs of the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve in Long Grove.

Biographical and Professional Information

I currently live and work in Long Grove, Illinois. I am a member of the Long Grove Writers' Group and the Barrington Writers Workshop. My current project is non-fiction with a working title of ''Seven Deadly Sins'' for the Twenty-First Century.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

The Carousel Animal
ISBN: 0913751006

Zephyr Press. 1983

Shows horses and menagerie animals carved out of wood for American and European carousels, traces the history of carousel rides, and looks at some prominent manufacturers

The Great American Carousel: A Century of Master Craftsmanship
ISBN: 0811806103

Chronicle Books. 1994

This entertaining visual celebration offers a closeup look at the carousel not only as amusement but as cultural icon and craft. Rare historical photographs portray America's earliest wooden carousels, their creators, and the shops where they were carved. Full-color portraits display fanciful pigs, frogs, and tigers as well as an array of magnificent decorated horses.

A Humbug Christmas
ISBN: 0913751758

Zephyr Pr. 1999

When a family gets a visit a few days before Christmas from the Humbug so often mentioned by Ebenezer Scrooge, a series of mishaps occur

Carousel Animals: Artistry in Motion
ISBN: 081183347X

Chronicle Books. 2002

Who hasn’t thrilled to the wonders of the carousel, with its wind-blown manes and fanciful steeds? From glistening white unicorns to winged elephants and roaring tigers, this celebration of carousel animals takes a colorful look at an art form that’s one part fantasy and two parts exceptional craftsmanship. More than 100 photographs display the work of the most prolific and skillful woodcarvers of the carousel heyday and examine the loving detail they poured into each of their creations. Collectors, preservationists, and all who have been mesmerized by the undulations of the carousel menagerie will find themselves caught up in the magic on view in these pages.

36 Acres
ISBN: 0913751855

Woodland Grove Press. 2010

Throughout the world small sections of undisturbed land are just down the street or around the corner, waiting to be discovered and cherished. The fundamental character of nature exists in all of these parcels. Although photographer and author Tobin Fraley has spent six years exploring, photographing and writing about this particular 36 acre nature preserve, the book is a representation of what can be found in any neighboring woodland, prairie, meadow or forest. Each thirty-six acres around the planet has its own individual beauty, offering whoever can take the time to explore the diversity and qualities of that land, a lifetime of discovery.


Availability for Public Speaking

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact the author at 847-722-8989