Tillie and the Wall by Leo LionniLionni balances his lush signature artwork and straightforward but complex narrative to create a beautiful balance in storytelling that draws readers into an imaginative world full of promise and reflection. It is these perspectives which make the fact that Lionni wrote and illustrated over forty books, as a second career nonetheless, even more astounding and awe inspiring. During a ride on a commuter train with his grandchildren, he tore up a magazine into pieces to illustrate a story he told to entertain them. Born in in the Netherlands, Lionni was surrounded by a family of artists and artisans in an era that placed a large emphasis on the arts as commentary for vast social, cultural, and political change. Between familial and societal artistic influences, Lionni seemed destined to enter a life of creative freedom. He moved to Italy and enjoyed a successful career in advertising before moving to the United States where he continued his career in ad design and art direction.
Tillie and the Wall
A superior picture book. Confined to a meadow behind a high wall, Tillie longs to discover the unknown world beyond the wall. It takes all of Tillie's determination to find a way to the other side. A superior picture book, this should be a perennial favorite for primary grade story hours. Read more Read less. Review "Lionni's inquisitive, clever mice prove once more the value of the fable as a storytelling device, especially when it is simply told and beautifully illustrated. See all Product description.
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