Blair Lent The Funny Little Woman
Tikki Tikki Tembo Baba Yaga

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.

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