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Product Details

  • Paperback: 57 pages
  • Publisher: Beautiful Feet Bks (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964380307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964380301
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After the publication of Ola in 1932, the work of Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire has needed no introduction - their beautiful picture books have delighted countless children ever since. Ingri Mortenson and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire met in Munich where both were studying art in the 1920's. Ingri had grown up in Norway; Edgar, the son of a noted portrait painter, was born in Switzerland and had lived in Paris and Florence. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to the United States and began to create the picture books that have established their reputation for unique craftsmanship. Their books were known for their vivid lasting color. a result of the pain-staking process of stone lithography used for all their American history biographies. This was an old world craft in which they were both expert, which involved actually tracing their images on large slabs of Bavarian limestone. Throughout their long careers, Ingri and Edgar worked as a team on both art and text. Their research took them to the actual places of their biographies, including the countries of Italy, Portugal and Spain when they were researching Columbus; to the hills of Virginia while they researched Washington; and to the wilds of Kentucky and Illinois for Abraham Lincoln, winner of the Caldecott Medal. The fact that they spoke 5 languages fluently served them well in their European travels and in their research of original documents. Since their deaths in the 1980's, Ingri and Edgar's books and works have been kept alive by their two sons Ola and Nils.

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The illustrations were so rich in color!
hmbnd2
Homeschoolers---BUY THEM WHILE YOU CAN---great addition to your library.
D. Wallace
There are very few children's books that have enjoyed such longevity.
Marco Antonio Abarca

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rea C. Berg on February 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
This fascinating biography of Leif Erickson is another classic work by the D'Aulaires. Lavishly illustrated with their wonderful lithographs it accurately relates the adventurous tale of the young Viking explorer, his conversion to Christianity, and his colonization of North America. A must for anyone studying the age of exploration!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By hmbnd2 on June 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
We loved this book! The illustrations were so rich in color! The pages were alternated between black and white and color. The story was so interesting. I seriously do not remember studying about the Vikings in school! Do you? What a great introduction!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 22, 2006
Format: Library Binding
Leif the Lucky is about Leif Ericksson when he found "Wineland".

Leif the Lucky is about Leif Ericksson and his adventures. Including one when he found "Wineland" America. He was given the name lucky when he found America. His father was named Erik the Red who went from Iceland to Greenland. Then Leif picked up and went to America. It is a good book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kaye Fink on October 26, 1999
Format: Library Binding
Leif the Lucky was the first book of our American History curriculum and we fully enjoyed it. It brought many questions to our minds including what happened to the Viking race?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Wallace on January 1, 2010
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I love these books by these authors. They're just a tad wordy for the average student. When I homeschooled---well that's a different story. My children LOVED these books! Homeschoolers---BUY THEM WHILE YOU CAN---great addition to your library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on August 28, 2010
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Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire first published "Leif the Lucky" in 1941. It has been nearly seventy years and the book is still in print. There are very few children's books that have enjoyed such longevity. The reason this book has survived so long is that it is well written and the mid-century modern lithographs that illustrate the book have a timeless quality to them. "Leif the Lucky" feels as fresh today as it did in the year it was published. One can only hope that more publishers will bring back these classic children's books. Finally, I would recommend that if you can afford it, purchase a 1941 edition of the book. The smell of the old paper only adds pleasure to reading the book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Martin on October 15, 2010
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I thought this book was a good introduction for my 2nd and 5th graders for the Beautiful Feet American History series, but I was expecting more history that was not detailed. It is possible that the history is "lost", written no where, and so the authors were unable to put it in the book. Admittedly, I knew next to nothing about Leif Erikson prior to reading this book. There's still much more to learn, and the next book in the series for our curriculum is on Columbus. Sometimes the authors would exaggerate to make a point (the waves were so high they nearly touched the moon). That may be fun to read, but I think it could be difficult for a child to believe that this is an actual person of history when the book is written in this style. In the same way that someone may want to tell their children about St. Nicholas, but then there's so many myths surrounding him that the kids would be confused. It felt at times that I was crossing the line between fact and fiction, which I don't like to do. It can still be fun and completely factual. Did he really have a pet polar bear that he brought to the King of Norway? Well, with so many other fictitious phrases, I don't know. I couldn't confirm that with my brief internet search either. So I think you see the conflicts I have in using this book. The art however is fabulous and my children enjoyed studying the pictures for details. Their art teacher also appreciated the book's illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cruz on June 29, 2013
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Leif th Lucky is a wonderful biography for children. We started reading it for History in our Homeschool and my kids are enjoying it very much. I think it is a timeless book worth having on our bookshelf, where it can be taken off and enjoyed for years to come.
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