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Leo Lionni (1910–1999)

Author of Swimmy

98+ Works 47,358 Members 1,532 Reviews 20 Favorited

About the Author

Leo Lionni was born in Amsterdam on May 5, 1910. He attended the University of Zurich and also earned a doctorate in Economics from the University of Genoa in 1935. He taught himself to draw by visiting museums. After marrying Nora Maffi in 1931, Lionni moved to Milan, Italy, where he became known show more as a painter. In 1939 he moved to Philadelphia and began working in advertising design. Lionni held several positions in the artistic field including artistic director and design director. He also served as president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Around 1960 Lionni moved back to Italy. His first of over forty children's books was Little Blue and Little Yellow. Other titles include Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse, all of which won a Caldecott Honor. In addition, he received the American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal in 1984. Lionni died on October 11, 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy at the age of 89. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Leo Lionni

Swimmy (1963) 6,895 copies
Frederick (1968) 5,857 copies
A Color of His Own (1975) 5,174 copies
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse (1969) 4,668 copies
Inch by Inch (1960) 3,750 copies
Fish is Fish (1970) 3,473 copies
It's Mine! (1986) 2,841 copies
Little Blue and Little Yellow (1959) 2,525 copies
An Extraordinary Egg (1994) 1,843 copies
The Alphabet Tree (1968) 1,308 copies
A Busy Year (1992) 1,303 copies
Matthew's Dream (1991) 849 copies
Tico and the Golden Wings (1964) 776 copies
Six Crows (1988) 753 copies
Cornelius (1983) 684 copies
Mr. McMouse (1992) 445 copies
Tillie and the Wall (1989) 394 copies
A Flea Story (1656) 365 copies
Pezzettino (1975) 359 copies
Frederick's Fables : A Treasury of 16 Favorite Leo Lionni Stories (1986) — Introduction, some editions — 326 copies
Let's Make Rabbits (1982) 218 copies
Geraldine, the Music Mouse (1979) 204 copies
The Greentail Mouse (1973) 166 copies
In the Rabbit Garden (1975) 78 copies
Parallel Botany (1977) 78 copies
Let's Play (2003) 72 copies
Where? (1739) 41 copies
A Little Book About Spring (2019) 38 copies
When? (1983) 31 copies
Colors, Numbers, Letters (2010) 30 copies
Mouse Seasons (2021) 29 copies
A Little Book About ABCs (2019) 24 copies
What? (1983) 24 copies
Who? (1983) 22 copies
A Little Book About Colors (2019) 17 copies
Colors to Talk About (1985) 7 copies
Numbers to Talk About (1985) 7 copies
Leo Lionni's Paint Box (2015) 6 copies
Words to talk about (1985) 5 copies
Colores (2014) 3 copies
Der kleine Affe 3 copies
Letters (1985) 3 copies
Liebste Mäuse (2003) 2 copies
Leo Leonni 1 copy
Pé Ante Pé 1 copy
Printemps (2020) 1 copy
Frederick Was? (2001) 1 copy
Swimmy 1 copy

Associated Works

The Stranger (1942) — Cover designer, some editions — 35,645 copies
The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays (1942) — Cover artist, some editions — 6,924 copies
St. Mawr & The Man Who Died (1925) — Cover designer, some editions — 369 copies
Poems (1959) — Cover designer, some editions — 313 copies
The Myth of the State (1946) — Cover designer, some editions — 302 copies
Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom...and Lots More Learning Fun [1999 film] (2001) — Author & Illustrator — 30 copies
Five Lionni Classics [1986 film] (2004) — Creator — 6 copies

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Independent Reading Level: Grade K-2nd
Award: Caldecott Honor in 1964 - this honor highlights the book's exceptional illustrations and its overall contribution to children's literature.
 
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DFountain58 | 187 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
A fable about not being ashamed of your natural gifts and hard work.
 
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mrsandersonreads23 | 23 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni is a timeless tale of friendship, longing, and the power of imagination. In this heartwarming story, Alexander, a real mouse, and Willy, a wind-up mouse toy, form an unlikely bond as they navigate the challenges of their respective worlds.
 
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alexablocker | 121 other reviews | Apr 12, 2024 |
The ending totally ruined this one. What a waste.
 
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Rating
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ISBNs
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