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Lois Lenski (1893–1974)

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

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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 por Lois Lenski

Strawberry Girl (1945) 3,076 exemplares
The Little Train (1968) 672 exemplares
Cowboy Small (1949) 425 exemplares
Prairie School (1951) 418 exemplares
The Little Fire Engine (1946) 353 exemplares
Sing a Song of People (1965) 310 exemplares
Cotton in My Sack (1949) 293 exemplares
The Little Airplane (1938) 282 exemplares
Judy's Journey (1947) 263 exemplares
Blue Ridge Billy (1946) 186 exemplares
Policeman Small (1980) 176 exemplares
Now It's Fall (1977) 176 exemplares
The Little Sail Boat (1937) 172 exemplares
Ocean-Born Mary (1939) 172 exemplares
Phebe Fairchild: Her Book (1936) 169 exemplares
Papa Small (1951) 159 exemplares
Coal Camp Girl (1959) 155 exemplares
The Little Auto (1934) 131 exemplares
Texas Tomboy (1950) 124 exemplares
Houseboat Girl (1957) 120 exemplares
The Little Farm (1942) 111 exemplares
Shoo-Fly Girl (1963) 104 exemplares
I Like Winter (1970) 103 exemplares
Bayou Suzette (1943) 97 exemplares
Flood Friday (1956) 93 exemplares
Puritan Adventure (1944) 85 exemplares
Boom Town Boy (1948) 85 exemplares
San Francisco Boy (1955) 85 exemplares
Little Sioux Girl (1958) 84 exemplares
Corn-Farm Boy (1954) 77 exemplares
Lois Lenski's Christmas Stories (1965) 72 exemplares
Spring is Here (1945) 65 exemplares
The Easter Rabbit's Parade (1936) 61 exemplares
Mr. and Mrs. Noah (1948) 60 exemplares
High-Rise Secret (1966) 60 exemplares
On a Summer Day (1950) 59 exemplares
Big Big Book of Mr. Small (1970) 59 exemplares
The Little Family (2002) 58 exemplares
To Be a Logger (1967) 50 exemplares
Mama Hattie's Girl (1953) 49 exemplares
Berries in the Scoop (1956) 42 exemplares
Deer Valley Girl (1834) 41 exemplares
Blueberry Corners (1940) 40 exemplares
Peanuts for Billy Ben (1952) 36 exemplares
Bound Girl of Cobble Hill (1938) 35 exemplares
We Live in the Country (1960) 33 exemplares
We Live in the North (1965) 33 exemplares
We Live in the South (1952) 32 exemplares
We Live in the Southwest (1962) 32 exemplares
We Live in the City (1954) 27 exemplares
We Live by the River (1956) 23 exemplares
A-Going to the Westward (1937) 23 exemplares
My Friend the Cow (1777) 21 exemplares
Project Boy (1954) 19 exemplares
A Dog Came To School (1955) 17 exemplares
Let's Play House (1944) 15 exemplares
More Mr Small (1966) 15 exemplares
Journey into Childhood (1972) 14 exemplares
Davy's Day (1943) 10 exemplares
Davy and His Dog (1957) 10 exemplares
Davy Goes Places (1961) 9 exemplares
City poems (1971) 8 exemplares
Big Little Davy (1956) 8 exemplares
The Life I Live (1965) 8 exemplares
Debbie and Her Grandma (1967) 8 exemplares
Debbie and Her Family (1969) 7 exemplares
Songs of Mr. Small (1954) 6 exemplares
Surprise for Davy (1947) 6 exemplares
Susie Mariar (1967) 6 exemplares
We Are Thy Children (1952) 5 exemplares
Sing for Peace (1985) 5 exemplares
Debbie Herself (1969) 5 exemplares
Animals For Me (1959) 5 exemplares
Sugarplum House (1935) 3 exemplares
Spinach Boy (1930) 3 exemplares
Grandmother Tippytoe (1931) 3 exemplares
Debbie and Her Dolls (1970) 3 exemplares
Alphabet People 2 exemplares
Debbie and Her Pets (1971) 2 exemplares
Flood at River Bend 2 exemplares
Ice Cream Is Good (1958) 2 exemplares
Gooseberry Garden (1934) 2 exemplares
Debbie Goes to Nursery School (1970) 2 exemplares
Surprise for Mother 2 exemplares
Davy and Dog 1 exemplar
Up to six 1 exemplar
Songs of the City 1 exemplar
When I grow up 1 exemplar
Dog Came to School (1971) 1 exemplar
Johnny Goes to the Fair (1932) 1 exemplar
Living with Others 1 exemplar

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Betsy-Tacy and Tib (1941) — Ilustrador — 1,391 exemplares
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Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown (1943) — Ilustrador — 1,053 exemplares
A Newbery Halloween (1991) — Contribuidor — 155 exemplares
Read-To-Me Storybook (1947) — Ilustrador — 82 exemplares
The Platt & Munk Treasury of Fairy Stories for Children (1980) — Ilustrador — 55 exemplares
The First Thanksgiving (1942) — Ilustrador — 49 exemplares
Mother Goose Rhymes (1922) — Ilustrador, algumas edições38 exemplares
A Book of Princess Stories (1927) — Ilustrador — 35 exemplares
They Came from France: Pierre's Lucky Pouch (1957) — Ilustrador, algumas edições33 exemplares
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Chimney Corner Fairy Tales (1926) — Ilustrador — 26 exemplares
Told Under Spacious Skies (1952) — Prefácio — 23 exemplares
Pinocchio [Adapted by Allen Chaffee] (1946) — Ilustrador — 21 exemplares
Mother Makes Christmas (1940) — Ilustrador, algumas edições12 exemplares
A Hat-Tub Tale; or, On the Shores of the Bay of Fundy (1928) — Ilustrador, algumas edições5 exemplares
The Peep-Show Man (1924) — Ilustrador — 5 exemplares
Chimney Corner Poems (1929) — Drawings — 4 exemplares
Golden Tales of the Southwest (1939) — Ilustrador, algumas edições4 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Lenski, Lois
Nome legal
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
Prémios e menções honrosas
Regina Medal (1969)
Newbery Honor (1936, 1941)
Newbery Medal (1946)
Children's Book Award (1947)

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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 | 34 outras críticas | 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 | 42 outras críticas | 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 | 34 outras críticas | 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 crítica | Aug 18, 2023 |



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