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Lois Lenski (1893–1974)

Autor(a) de Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison

119+ Works 13,149 Membros 195 Reviews 9 Favorited

About the Author

Lois Lenski was born in Springfield, Ohio on October 14, 1893. After graduating from Ohio State University, she moved to New York to study art. She continued her studies in London, England and illustrate children's books written by others. She returned to the United States in 1921 and became an mostrar mais author and illustrator. In 1927, she published two books about her own childhood entitled Skipping Village and A Little Girl of 1900. She wrote nearly 100 books for children and young adults during her lifetime including the Mr. Small series, Bayou Suzette, Prairie School, Boomtown Boy, Judy's Journey, and High-Rise Secret. She received a Newbery Medal in 1946 for Strawberry Girl. She died on September 11, 1974 at the age of 80. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Lois Lenski

Strawberry Girl (1945) 3,057 cópias
The Little Train (1968) 667 cópias
Cowboy Small (1949) 421 cópias
Prairie School (1951) 417 cópias
The Little Fire Engine (1946) 347 cópias
Sing a Song of People (1965) 309 cópias
Cotton in My Sack (1949) 291 cópias
The Little Airplane (1938) 278 cópias
Judy's Journey (1947) 262 cópias
Blue Ridge Billy (1946) 186 cópias
Policeman Small (1980) 174 cópias
Now It's Fall (1977) 172 cópias
Ocean-Born Mary (1939) 170 cópias
The Little Sail Boat (1937) 169 cópias
Phebe Fairchild: Her Book (1936) 167 cópias
Papa Small (1951) 158 cópias
Coal Camp Girl (1959) 153 cópias
The Little Auto (1934) 131 cópias
Texas Tomboy (1950) 124 cópias
Houseboat Girl (1957) 120 cópias
The Little Farm (1942) 108 cópias
Shoo-Fly Girl (1963) 103 cópias
I Like Winter (1950) 102 cópias
Bayou Suzette (1943) 97 cópias
Flood Friday (1956) 92 cópias
Boom Town Boy (1948) 86 cópias
Puritan Adventure (1944) 84 cópias
San Francisco Boy (1955) 84 cópias
Little Sioux Girl (1958) 84 cópias
Corn-Farm Boy (1954) 77 cópias
Spring is Here (1945) 64 cópias
The Easter Rabbit's Parade (1936) 61 cópias
On a Summer Day (1950) 59 cópias
Mr. and Mrs. Noah (1948) 59 cópias
High-Rise Secret (1966) 59 cópias
Big Big Book of Mr. Small (1970) 59 cópias
The Little Family (2002) 58 cópias
Mama Hattie's Girl (1953) 49 cópias
To Be a Logger (1967) 49 cópias
Berries in the Scoop (1956) 42 cópias
Deer Valley Girl (1834) 41 cópias
Blueberry Corners (1940) 40 cópias
Peanuts for Billy Ben (1952) 36 cópias
Bound Girl of Cobble Hill (1938) 35 cópias
We Live in the Country (1960) 33 cópias
We Live in the North (1965) 33 cópias
We Live in the South (1952) 32 cópias
We Live in the Southwest (1962) 32 cópias
We Live in the City (1954) 27 cópias
We Live by the River (1956) 23 cópias
A-Going to the Westward (1937) 23 cópias
My Friend the Cow (1777) 21 cópias
Project Boy (1954) 19 cópias
A Dog Came To School (1955) 17 cópias
Let's Play House (1944) 15 cópias
More Mr Small (1966) 15 cópias
Journey into Childhood (1972) 14 cópias
Davy's Day (1943) 10 cópias
Davy and His Dog (1957) 10 cópias
Davy Goes Places (1961) 9 cópias
City poems (1971) 8 cópias
Big Little Davy (1956) 8 cópias
The Life I Live (1965) 8 cópias
Debbie and Her Family (1969) 7 cópias
Debbie and Her Grandma (1967) 7 cópias
Songs of Mr. Small (1954) 6 cópias
Surprise for Davy (1947) 6 cópias
Susie Mariar (1967) 6 cópias
We Are Thy Children (1952) 5 cópias
Sing for Peace (1985) 5 cópias
Debbie Herself (1969) 5 cópias
Animals For Me (1959) 5 cópias
Sugarplum House (1935) 3 cópias
Spinach Boy (1930) 3 cópias
Grandmother Tippytoe (1931) 3 cópias
Debbie and Her Dolls (1970) 3 cópias
Alphabet People 2 cópias
Debbie and Her Pets (1971) 2 cópias
Ice Cream Is Good (1958) 2 cópias
Gooseberry Garden (1934) 2 cópias
Mamma Hattie's Girl 1 exemplar(es)
Up to six 1 exemplar(es)
Songs of the City 1 exemplar(es)
Davy and Dog 1 exemplar(es)
When I grow up 1 exemplar(es)
Arabella and Her Aunts 1 exemplar(es)
Johnny Goes to the Fair (1932) 1 exemplar(es)
Living with Others 1 exemplar(es)
Florida, My Florida 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

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Pinocchio (1883) — Ilustrador, algumas edições8,350 cópias
Betsy-Tacy (1940) — Ilustrador — 2,505 cópias
Betsy-Tacy and Tib (1941) — Ilustrador — 1,382 cópias
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill (1942) — Ilustrador — 1,360 cópias
Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown (1943) — Ilustrador — 1,049 cópias
A Newbery Halloween (1991) — Contribuinte — 154 cópias
Read-To-Me Storybook (1947) — Ilustrador — 82 cópias
The Platt & Munk Treasury of Fairy Stories for Children (1980) — Ilustrador — 55 cópias
The First Thanksgiving (1942) — Ilustrador — 49 cópias
Mother Goose Rhymes (1922) — Ilustrador, algumas edições38 cópias
A Book of Princess Stories (1927) — Ilustrador — 35 cópias
They Came from France: Pierre's Lucky Pouch (1957) — Ilustrador, algumas edições34 cópias
Fairy Tales that Never Grow Old (1923) — Ilustrador, algumas edições32 cópias
Chimney Corner Fairy Tales (1926) — Ilustrador — 26 cópias
Told Under Spacious Skies (1952) — Prefácio — 23 cópias
Pinocchio [Adapted by Allen Chaffee] (1946) — Ilustrador — 21 cópias
Mother Makes Christmas (1940) — Ilustrador, algumas edições12 cópias
A Hat-Tub Tale; or, On the Shores of the Bay of Fundy (1928) — Ilustrador, algumas edições5 cópias
The Peep-Show Man (1924) — Ilustrador — 5 cópias
Chimney Corner Poems (1929) — Drawings — 4 cópias
Golden Tales of the Southwest (1939) — Ilustrador, algumas edições4 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Lenski, Lois
Nome de batismo
Covey, Lois Lenore Lenski
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Springfield, Ohio, USA
Local de falecimento
Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA
Locais de residência
Springfield, Ohio, USA
Anna, Ohio, USA
Harwinton, Connecticut, USA
Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA
Ohio State University (BS | 1915)
Art Students League of New York
School of Industrial Art
Westminster School of Art
children's book author
children's book illustrator
Lenski, R.C.H. (father)
Covey, Arthur (husband)
Lois Lenski Covey Foundation
Regina Medal (1969)
Newbery Honor (1936, 1941)
Newbery Medal (1946)
Children's Book Award (1947)
Pequena biografia
Lois Lenski was one of five children born to a Prussian immigrant father and a teacher mother in Ohio. She grew up in a rural community west of Springfield, and many of her fondest childhood memories were of life in this small town, according to her autobiograph. Lois was skilled at drawing, often copying pictures from books and magazines.
She attended Ohio State University, intending to become a teacher. After graduation, at the urging of her art professors, she moved to New York City to study at the Art Students League.
She took courses and supported herself with jobs such as lettering and painting greeting cards and drawing for fashion ads. In 1920, she traveled to London and Italy to study and work.
In 1921, shortly after returning from her travels, Lenski married Arthur Covey, an artist. She spent much of her early career as an illustrator of children's books, and then began to write her own stories to accompany her drawings. She published her first book, Skipping Village, in 1927. Lenski won the Newbery Honor for several of her books and the Newbery Medal in 1946. She was a prolific author who produced many regional series of books as well as character-based series.



Of all the "Indian Captive" novel, such as "Mocassin Trail" and "The Light in the Forest", I found this to be the most thoroughly researched and most respectfully written. Originally published in 1941, it is based on the true-life story of Mary "Molly Jemison", who was captured and adopted by the Genesee in the 1750s. When given the opportunity to return to the white community, Molly chose to stay with her native family. At the age of 80, "she told her memories of her experiences in detail to James Everett Seaver, M.D. and the book was first published at Canandagua, NY in 1824." (p. xi)
My edition, published in 1995, includes an introduction by Arthur C. Parker, Director of the Rochester Museum of Arts. He explains that "not only did Miss Lenski make a study of the literature (regarding Molly's life), but visited the Indians, many of whom are descendants of the subject of her book. The book includes hand drawn sketches ,done by the author, all based on her studies "in the various museums containing Iroquois and especially Seneca objects" (p.viii).
As Seaver explains, many writers have ignored the necessity of having accurate knowledge of how the native people lived, and instead have "written purely from imagination, filling gaps with pre-conceived knowledge or basing it upon modern adaptions of European practices". (p. vii).
The result is a sensitive story which explores the divide between the two worlds at the time of the French and Indian War. Molly first feels extreme despair when separated from her family, only to learn to care fore the kind and loyal native family to whom she now belongs.
For teachers, this would be a good supplement on a unit about Native Americans. The author not only included sketches of artifacts used by the natives, but explains their uses, as Molly is taught skills for living as a productive member of the tribe, but also the traditions and beliefs of the native people. The author also shows the way that contact with Europeans began to change life for the natives, in both good and bad ways.
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Chrissylou62 | outras 34 resenhas | Apr 11, 2024 |
Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking the strawberries. Her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven't even begun their planting. Making the new farm prosper won't be easy--what with the heat, the droughts, the cold snaps and the neighbors.
PlumfieldCH | outras 42 resenhas | Mar 11, 2024 |
Twelve-year-old Mary Jemison took her peaceful days on her family's farm in eastern Pennsylvania for granted. But on a spring day in 1758, something happened that changed her life forever. A band of warriors invaded the house and took the Jemison family captive. Mary was separated from her parents and brothers and sister. She traveled with the Indians to southern Ohio and later to a Seneca village on the Genesee River in what is now western New York.

Mary's new life was not easy. She missed her family terribly, and she was unaccustomed to Seneca ways. Several times she even tried to run away. But the Indians were kind to her and taught her many things about the earth, its plants, and its creatures. She became a sister to animals and to all growing things. Then Mary was finally given the chance to return to the world of white men. But she had also become a sister to the Indians. How could she leave them?

Based on a true story, here is the unforgettable tale of the legendary "White Woman of the Genesee."
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PlumfieldCH | outras 34 resenhas | Dec 21, 2023 |
It’s interesting to read this, at the beginning it reminded me of the Farmer Brown Little Golden Book, and then I saw the Easter Bunny was in a carriage as in Jan Brett’s The Easter Egg.
FamiliesUnitedLL | 1 outra resenha | Aug 18, 2023 |



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