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Published in 1962, Life Story by Virginia Lee Burton tells the tale of life “from its beginning up to now.” The story and illustrations begin with the formation of the Sun and depict the creation of the Earth and planets, the formation of plant life into single-celled organisms, the extinction of the dinosaurs, and the progression of humankind to the dominant species. Life Story, Burton’s final book, mesmerizes readers of all ages with a compelling story and vibrant, detailed illustrations.  All of Burton's unpublished artwork associated with Life Story can now be viewed in the Free Library of Philadelphia's Digital Collections.

This collection was generously donated to the Children’s Literature Research Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia by Virginia Lee Burton in 1968. It has been catalogued as part of the “Milestones in 20th-Century American Children’s Literature” project, funded by a Council on Library and Information Resources “Hidden Collections” grant.

We invite you to explore Virginia Lee Burton's Life Story.

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Record Details

Title: Preliminary art for cover of Life Story

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