Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker

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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.     

Title : Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton
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ISBN : 0544715578
Edition Language : English
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Laura rated it ★★★★★

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...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

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.

Cathy rated it ★★★★★

October 04, 2017

I’ve been crazy about Jinnee Burton’s work since my first visit to the Cape Ann Museum in 2013. You may remember reading my blog post Follow Me to Folly Cove in which I gushed about seeing her books, tools and samples of her work on display. When I learned that Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco...

Kate rated it ★★★★☆

September 07, 2017

The illustrator's style fits wonderfully with the story about Virginia Lee Burton. He did a good job of imitating Burton's artwork while differentiating from his own as the text talks about Virginia Lee Burton and highlights her books. The book though is not really the story of Virginia Lee Burto...

Cindy rated it ★★★☆☆

September 23, 2017

Rinker, Sherri Duskey Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton, illustrated by John Rocco. PICTURE BOOK. Houghton Mifflin, 2017. $18. This is more like a tour through Burton’s most famous picture books than anything that tells you much about her life. The most informational part of the book...

Earl rated it ★★★★☆

September 03, 2017

One of my reading challenges a few years ago was to read Virginia Lee Burton's books. And they were delightful and some of my more frequent recommendations as a bookseller. This picture book biography was a real treat because it talks about most of her work. I loved that it included The Little Ho...

Jillian rated it ★★★☆☆

October 04, 2017

First thing's first - WONDERFUL illustrations! Captures the magic of Jinnee's storytelling but also clearly divides it from the "real" story. The real story, though, gets kind of pushed off to the side. It's much more about her work than about the woman herself. (And yeah, I get that the book shou...

Jana rated it ★★★★☆

September 22, 2017

This picture book biography tells about Virginia Lee Burton, the children's author. The most amazing part of this book is the stunning illustrations. John Rocco created paintings that are in the exact same style as Burton's in her famous books. There is an author's note that gives more detail abo...

Susan rated it ★★★☆☆

September 28, 2017

The main story won't tell you much about Virginia Lee Burton but the back matter made me interested in learning more. I picked up the book because I'm a fan of John Rocco's illustration style and he's taken on a tough job here trying to meld his with Burton's. Mostly he does all right but you can...

Kay rated it ★★★☆☆

October 18, 2017

I expected this to be a picture book biography but instead it's a tribute to Burton's style, imagination, and characters she created especially for her sons. Rocco did a great job on the illustrations. Her little boys loved the machines - Choo Choo, Mary Anne and Katy. My favorite is Little House...

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