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Lois Lenski: Criticism and Reviews

The Milner Library at Illinois State University has a biography of Lois Lenski that reviews her work, as well as a page that describes the books she has written and illustrated.

The Creation of Lois Lenski's Houseboat Girl is also featured on the Milner Library site.

A biography of Lois Lenski describes her influences, style and technique.

Lois Lenski, Author-Illustrator features the foreward to her book, The Life I Live, in which she describes the inspiration behind her verses.

Additional criticism and review of Lois Lenski's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

The Little Fire Engine, and Train.
Review by Carolyn Phelan. Booklist, Dec 1, 2002 v99 i7 p675(1).

"These two new board books are based on Lenski's picture books with the same titles, originally published in the 1940s…Some lines of the stories and illustrations have been omitted and other minor changes have been made in the these editions, but…"

For Youngest Book Lovers. (Children's Notes). (book review)
Publishers Weekly, Oct 14, 2002 v249 i41 p85(2)

"New arrivals vie for space in the nursery…a pair of vintage Lois Lenski titles are adapted for board book format. …"

Lois Lenski (1893-1974).
Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature, Edition 1, 1991 v1 p601.

"After doing illustrations for other authors, Lenski, who was born in Ohio, began writing books of her own for children. The first was Skipping Village (1927), and many others followed, including…"

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