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 House especially since I didn’t really think about how big a role machines played in that story. The creators of this book were the perfect people to work on it considering their other titles.
If you can’t get enough Virginia Lee Burton, check out the documentary A Sense of Place.
Oddly enough, I had just watched a Disney short of The Little House on YouTube. I didn’t even know about it.
I love stories like this where a situation is questioned and a solution is presented and a new better life is created for lots of people. And the fact that this is based on a true story makes it more incredible. Even after reading the author’s note at the end, I want to read more about Dashrath Manjhi and the circumstances of his monumental act.