Read Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton Online Free - In this loving tribute to Virginia Lee Burton, the New York Times best-selling creators Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco pay homage to the storied life of one of the most beloved creators in children’s literature. Everyone in Folly Cove knows Virginia Lee as “Jinnee.” With her magical wands she can draw whatever she imagines, but for her sons Aris and Michael, she draws the most wonderful characters of all: BIG MACHINES with friendly names like Mary Anne, Maybelle, and Katy. Her marvelous magical wands can make anything move—even a cheerful Little House.
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November 30, 2017
One of the best picture book biographies of an author that I've seen - because instead of dealing with the typical boring details of the author's life (which are pretty much of no interest to kids), this book takes special care to make things relevant to the young readers who know and love Virgin...
November 10, 2017
The illustrations were charming, but there really wasn't very much to the story. Fine book, just wasn't what I wanted. Could have used more about Burton's own childhood/career. Didn't care as much about her sons.
August 29, 2017
Not your typical picture book biography. I am a huge, huge fan of Virginia Lee Burton. Big Machines was more than I was even hoping for. The writing is beautiful. The illustrations however, are inspired. John Rocco captured Virginia Lee Burton's essence and greatness. Burton would definitely appr...
November 02, 2017
The origin story of everyone's favorite steam shovel, (and friends) Big Machines paints Virginia Lee Burton as a wonderful (magical, in Rinker's words) talented woman, and mother who created her best characters and stories for her sons. Recommended for moms and big kids who grew up with Mary Anne...
September 02, 2017
Finally, a beautifully illustrated and written book about one of my favorite authors. I loved her books growing up, and I loved even more being able to share books like The Little House and Mike Mulligan with my kids. This picture book is a beautiful homage to Virginia Lee Burton.
November 09, 2017
If you like Virginia Lee Burton's books and want to know more about her life, this will tell you just a bit throughout. If you are a momma--particularly of boys--and your children love big machines, then you will probably appreciate this.
I wanted MORE, which the tiny little bit about the author...
December 18, 2017
This was a beautifully illustrated picture book based on the life of Virginia Lee Burton. I would have liked to know more about her background.
November 21, 2017
Delightful! Powerful, magical, and full of life was the magical author/illustrator favorite, Virginia Lee Burton! Learn about her magical ways in this delightful biography written by Sherri Duskey Rinker, and illustrated by John Rocco! Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
A beautiful tribute to...
November 17, 2017
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Hello, friends! Today’s book is Big Machines: The Story Of Virginia Lee Burton, written by our friend Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by John Rocco, a sweet picture book biography of the cl...
November 20, 2017
This is an inspired picture book biography of the professional writing life of Burton and will satisfy the legion of fans of her books as it gives us a taste of what the woman behind these marvelous book was like. Readers will learn the inspiration of her five most famous books: her two sons. A p...