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Happy Birthday Leo Lionni!

MAY 5, 2007
Leo Lionni was born on May 5, 1910.
If you haven't seen and been effected in even a small way by his intelligent and playful art you need to go back and reassess your formal and informal artistic education.Some Leo Lionni facts:
• Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 picture books, including four Caldecott Honor Books.
• He designed the cover art for "The Family of Man".
• He fled fascist Italy in 1939, settled in New York and for many years pursued a successful career in advertising. Before this he worked in a variety of fields and eventually earned a PhD in economics.
• He wrote an
autobiography: "Between Worlds : The Autobiography of Leo Lionni"
links:
profile of Leo Lionni by Steven Heller for the AIGA
biography
• a nice elementary school website
Random House appreciation
• 1997 Smithsonian review of "Frederick's Fables: A Treasury of 16 Favorite Leo Lionni Stories" (Knopf)
• Lionni drawing exhibit 
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