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- Inch by Inch,
Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse.
Hailed as "a master of the simple fable" by the Chicago
Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.
From the Hardcover edition.
Old favorites find their way back into print. Leo Leonni's The Alphabet Tree was first published in 1968, during America's involvement in Vietnam. In this simple allegory, a fierce wind keeps a tree filled with timid letters at bay. A word-bug and a caterpillar instruct them to form words that say something important (the message they form: "Peace on earth and goodwill toward all men") and then the letters head for the White House. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"The Alphabet Tree, by Leo Lionni, is tops on the list of picture books that teach as well as amuse." --Time
"Handsomely illustrated . . . an amusing and informative word game." --The Chicago Sun-Times