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Virginia Lee Burton

Author, Illustrator

(1909 - 1968)

Virginia Lee Burton

Virginia Lee Burton (August 30, 1909 – October 15, 1968), also known by her married name, Virginia Demetrios, was an American illustrator and children’s book author. She both wrote and illustrated seven children’s books, including the Caldecott Medal-winning “The Little House” (1942).



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Belinda and the Singing Clock (1938)

Belinda and her father take to the road in a house trailer

Author(s): Ethel Calvert Phillips
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Calico the Wonder Horse: or, The Saga of Stewy Slinker (1941)

A Christmas story about a cow horse and a bad man.

Author(s): Virginia Lee Burton
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Calico the Wonder Horse: or, The Saga of Stewy Stinker (1951)

A Christmas story about a cow horse and a bad man. The illustrations were redrawn for this second edition.

Author(s): Virginia Lee Burton
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Choo Choo: The Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away (1937)

The story of a train engine that runs away.

Author(s): Virginia Lee Burton
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Don Coyote (1942)

A collection of folk tales from the southwest.

Author(s): Leigh Peck
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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The Emperor’s New Clothes (1949)

Two fast-talking crooks convince the emperor that they can make him a new outfit out of a magical cloth that can only be seen by the good and the wise. It would seem to show that the emperor thought all of his people were good and wise, since he wore the new clothes in a parade.

Author(s): Virginia Lee Burton
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Fairies and Friendly Folk (1934)

A collection of folk songs for the piano. The illustrator is credited as Virginia Lee Demetrios.

Author(s): Mary Bacon Mason
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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The Fast Sooner Hound (1942)

’You couldn’t see a thing for steam, cinders and smoke’ and the ‘rails sang like a violin for half an hour’ after the Cannon Ball passed, but the fast Sooner hound left it in his dust.

Author(s): Arna Bontemps
Jack Conroy
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Handbook of American Mountaineering (1942)

A guide to mountain climbing technique.

Author(s): Kenneth Atwood Henderson
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Katy and the Big Snow (1943)

When the big snow paralyzes the town, Katy goes to work and plows it out.

Author(s): Virginia Lee Burton
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Life Story: The Story of Life on Our Earth From Its Beginning Up to Now (1962)

A story of life on earth from its beginnings up until today.

Author(s): Virginia Lee Burton
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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The Little House (1942)

The Little House gets a new lease on life when she moves to the country.

1943

Author(s): Virginia Lee Burton
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Maybelle the Cable Car (1952)

When the city fathers of San Francisco decide to remove the cable cars in the name of progress, the people vote to keep them.

Author(s): Virginia Lee Burton
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (1939)

When Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne win the bid to dig the cellar for the new town hall in Popperville, they get a chance to prove that Mary Anne ‘can dig as much in a day as a hundred men in a week.’

Author(s): Virginia Lee Burton
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Mike Mulligan and More: A Virgina Lee Burton Treasury (2002)

An omnibus containing Mike Mulligan, The Little House, Katy and the Big Snow and Maybelle the Cable Car.

Author(s): Virginia Lee Burton
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Sad-Faced Boy (1937)

Three young boys hop a freight in Alabama to visit their Uncle Jasper Tappin in Harlem.

Author(s): Arna Bontemps
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Song of Robin Hood (1947)

Eighteen of the original ballads of Robin Hood are illustrated here. Most of them also have accompanying music.

1948

Author(s): Grace Castagnetta
Anne Malcolmson
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton

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Virgina Lee Burton: A Life in Art (2002)

A biography of author and illustrator Virginia Lee Burton.

Author(s): None
Illustrator(s): Virginia Lee Burton
Photographs

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