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This acclaimed PBS documentary offers a unique portrait of Virginia Lee Burton, one of the most significant and groundbreaking author/illustrators of the 20th Century. For over 60 years, her classic picture books, including the beloved Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel and The Little House, have delighted children with their engaging stories and lively illustrations.

Her dynamic illustrations, use of space, typeface and design were at the forefront of the developing American Picture Book. Similarly, her themes of team work, overcoming obstacles, meeting challenges, environmental awareness and adapting to change while honoring the past, are evergreen. Burton was also a gifted textile designer who, in 1940, founded The Folly Cove Designers in Gloucester, Massachusetts where she lived with her husband, noted sculptor, George Demetrios. This design collective produced highly sophisticated and detailed textiles that were sold throughout the United States. Virginia Lee Burton was a woman ahead of her time, a Renaissance woman whose art and literature remain an enduring part of America s cultural heritage.

This finely wrought documentary explores Burton s life and art through a treasure-trove of archival materials, never-before seen photographs, personal documents, sketchbooks, original manuscripts and interviews with family and friends.

DVD Features: Selected Clips; Director s Trailer; Filmmaker Biography

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  • Actors: Virginia Lee Burton-Sense of Place
  • Directors: Rawn Fulton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00197POYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Fascinating PBS documentary about a woman who created art and books for kids that have been popular for almost 75 years. I learned so much more about a real role model for me than I had ever dreamed I would from the dvd. Her relatively short life was exemplary for other artists - she incorporated art into every facet of her home, family, and social circle. As a leader and member of the Folly Cove Designers she managed to inspire, encourage and mentor a slew of area artists. She was even an environmentalist back when we didn't call it that. Everyone who remembers her speaks so highly of her! The dvd showcases vintage photos of Virginia and her sister as dancers, dozens of sketchbook pages, interviews with her sons and others who knew her, excerpts from talks she gave, and of course, all of her books.
The only reason I didn't go all out for the 5 stars was because the production quality was not the greatest, and the score was kinda cheesy. The content was so intriguing those were minor issues.
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This video is an informative look at the life of a very talented writer and illustrator of children's books. The life story is touching and inspiring and the filmmaker gives the viewer a good look at the books themselves. This DVD is well worth owning by anyone interested in the life of an artist as well as by fans of the work of Virginia Lee Burton. Librarians, buy this! Artists and readers of children's books, view this!
I bought this on Amazon, sight unseen, as a lover of Virginia Lee Burton's books and I'm so glad I did. Highly recommended!
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I have loved Virginia Lee Burton's books for children and gave them all to my grandchildren for Christmas. It was so interesting to hear about her life in this excellent CD. She was a fascinating person and a wonderful artist as well. Very enjoyable to watch.
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Excellent if you like art or love Artists! I bought this for my daughter-in-law and granddaughter (4 years old) to share. Both are artists and I want them to continue. This video will add to the tools my daughter-in-law already has for supporting and promoting Lily's art training.
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Great story of a true pioneer and role model.
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