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A Busy Year

Leo Lionni

Board book

List Price: 8.99*
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A charming exploration of the seasons with some of Caldecott-winner Leo Lionni's beloved mice.

In January, two mice, Willie and Winnie, make a new friend: a tree. The tree tells them her name is Woody, and the mice promise to visit her all year round. As the months tick by, Willie and Winnie watch Woody soak up the rain, bloom buds into flowers and leaves, and bear fruit. By the end of the year, Willie and Winnie know they've made a forever friend who has taught them all about the seasons.

Originally published in 1992, this board book classic from Caldecott Award winner Leo Lionni is the perfect read year-round.

Praise For A Busy Year

"With Lionni's zingy, inimitable art, this is a welcome addition to his distinguished oeuvre."--Publishers Weekly

"A genial tale, visually strong—Lionni, thrice a Caldecott Honor winner, has a sense of design that's unabated."--Kirkus

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780593301883, 26pp.

Publication Date: January 12, 2021

About the Author

Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children’s books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner—for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Leo Lionni died in October of 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.