Monday, April 30, 2012

Kids Books A to Z: V is for Virginia Lee Burton

Virginia Lee Burton is a classic children's author whose books have delighted generations. I think that my personal favorite one is The Little House. When the house was built, it was out in the country. As the years went on, the city moved in closer and closer until the house was completely dwarfed by skyscrapers on either side. Eventually, the little house is moved back out into the country and is happy again. It's a great example of how life has changed over the years. It amazes me how true it is now, almost 70 years after it was written. It also won the Caldecott medal in 1943.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is a classic that was written back in 1939. It chronicles the development of industry while also demonstrating the importance of loyalty and friendship. It's also mentioned in Beezus and Ramona.

Virginia Lee Burton wrote four more books and illustrated several others. Her style is distinct and classic.

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