Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Friday, October 1, 2010


THE LITTLE FIRE ENGINE by Lois Lenski. (ages 4 -8)  One of a series of picture books that feature Lenski's best-loved character, Mr. Small. This versatile hero becomes an aviator, sailor, engineer, farmer, fireman, cowboy, policeman, and father. In her autobiography Journey Into Childhood, Lenski credited her son Stephen with being the inspiration for Mr. Small. When watching Stephen and his friends playing, Lenski noticed that--contrary to what many adults believe--the boys never gave their imaginary automobiles, trains, or planes a personality, but instead were more concerned with being the driver of that vehicle.

The majority of the "Mr. Small" books were published in the 1940's.  Several have been re-issued as board books. (Just be aware that the board books have less text and pages.)  "And that's all about Mr. Small..."

Other books about Mr. Small from Lois Lenski:
Policeman Small (Lois Lenski Books)The Little Auto (Lois Lenski Books)

The Little Family (Lois Lenski Books)The Little Sailboat (Lois Lenski Books)
Cowboy Small (Lois Lenski Books)The Little Farm (Lois Lenski Books)The Little Airplane (Lois Lenski Books)
Papa Small (Lois Lenski Books)
The Little Train

1 comment:

  1. Simeon LOVES Lois Lenski books....I didn't know about them when Basil was younger although he likes them in a different way. Thanks for the extensive list.