Virginia Lee Burton’s name may bring to mind a steam shovel and a man called Mike Mulligan, a charming little house, and a snowplow named Katy. Yet to speak only of Burton’s achievements as a picture book creator would be to paint only part of the canvas of her life. She was also a dancer, an illustrator for an early Boston newspaper, and a musician, designer, sculptor, and printmaker. Together with her husband George Demetrios, Virginia enjoyed a full life. They raised two sons, gardened and kept sheep, entertained friends, and taught art and design classes. Led by Burton, the design classes made up of local artists evolved into the Folly Cove Designers. A cooperative of sorts, this group created elaborately intricate designs of rural scenes and other natural elements, which they would carve into linoleum and print onto fabrics.
Simultaneously, Burton began her career in children’s book writing and illustration. The early success of her first books, Choo Choo, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and The Little House, as well as other books was an auspicious beginning for Burton, and the books have become classic and lasting examples of the fine art of children’s book creation.
Well-known children’s literature expert Barbara Elleman introduces the exuberant life, art, and books of Virginia Lee Burton, complemented by family photographs, illustrations, and other images of her inspiring work.
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Barbara Elleman was named a Distinguished Scholar of Children’s Literature by Marquette University’s School of Education. The creator and editor in chief of Book Links magazine, Barbara also spent many years as a book reviewer, media specialist, and lecturer.From School Library Journal:
The creator of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (1939) and The Little House (1942, both Houghton) played many roles during her too-brief life: dancer, artist, exacting designer and teacher, craftswoman, illustrator, shepherdess, wife, mother, and ebullient hostess. This appreciative biography portrays a gifted artist balancing a successful professional career with family responsibilities at a time when most women chose one over the other. Elleman examines Burton's early work and investigates the genesis of each of her seven picture books, from Choo Choo (1937) to the epic, carefully researched Life Story (1962, both Houghton). She shows how Burton's perfectionism shaped her art, which is characterized by organic movement, rooted in the rhythms of nature, and has "survival through change" as its constant theme. A generous selection of family photos and full-color art from Burton's published and unpublished work, laid out in a handsome, open page design, accompanies the text. Research notes, an index, and an extensive bibliography are appended. This welcome tribute to a beloved artist should be a first purchase.
Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Buchbeschreibung HMH Books For Young Readers, 2002. Gebundene Ausgabe. Buchzustand: Gebraucht. Gebraucht - Gut - A well-known children's literature expert introduces the exuberant life, art, and books of Virginia Lee Burton (creator of a steam shovel and a man called Mike Mulligan, a charming little house, and a snowplow named Katy), complemented by family photographs, full-color illustrations, and other images of her inspiring work. 144 pp. Deutsch. Artikel-Nr. INF3003215964
Buchbeschreibung HMH Books for Young Readers, 2002. Gebundene Ausgabe. Buchzustand: Sehr gut. 144 Seiten 1. Auflage Leinen Houghton MIfflin Company Boston, 2002. 136 Seiten. 26 x 24,3 cm. Frau Burton war eine bekannte amerikanische Illustratorin, überwiegend für Kinderbücher. Hier wird ihr Leben und Teile ihrer Arbeiten aufgezeigt. Leineneinband mit Schutzumschlag, neuwertig, in englischer Sprache, reich illustriert. Versand aus München. f560 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 907. Artikel-Nr. 29852
Buchbeschreibung Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 2002, 2002. Roter Halbleineneinband/grüner Hardcover/Leinenimitat, 136 S., durchgehend, meist farbig illustriert; Format: 26 x 24,5 cm; Zustand: sehr gut, verlagsfrisch Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 905. Artikel-Nr. 11547