Once an illustrator wins the Caldecott Medal, he or she becomes known by that work. Illustrator Blair Lent, born on January 22, 1930, was recognized in 1973 with a Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in The Funny Little Woman and a Caldecott Honor in 1969 for his illustrations for Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky: An African Folktale.
Born in Boston, he studied art at the Boston Museum School. After a tour of Europe, he worked as a graphic designer. In 1964, the Atlantic Monthly Press published his first book, Pistachio. Through the years, he illustrated much-loved books, including Baba Yaga, Tikki Tikki Tembo, and The Wave.
Mr. Lent died on January 27, 2009, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.