A visit to an art museum inspires a young mouse to become an artist, despite the wishes of his parents, who hope that he will become a doctor. Reprint.
Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: <i>Inch by Inch</i>, <i>Frederick</i>, <i>Swimmy</i>, and <i>Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse</i>. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the <i>Chicago Tribune</i>, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.