Politi, Leo, 1908-1996

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Children's author and Illustrator born November 21, 1908 in Fresno, CA.; died March 24, 1996 in Los Angeles, CA.

From the description of Leo Politi, 1973. (Episcopal Divinity School). WorldCat record id: 313470680

American author and illustrator of children's books; Caldecott Medal in 1950 for Song of the Swallows, and Caldecott Honors for Pedro, the Angel of Olvera Street in 1947 and Juanita in 1949.

From the description of Papers, 1942-1962 (bulk 1944-1957). (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62443691

From the description of The three miracles ; production material, [1946?]. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62443696

From the description of The butterflies come : production material, ca. 1956-1962. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62443693

From the description of The mission bell : production material, ca. 1953-1956. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62451431

From the description of Little Leo : production material, [1951?]. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62494566

From the description of The Columbus story : production material, ca. 1955-1957. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62443694

From the description of A boat for Peppe : production material, [1950?]. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62494565

From the description of Stories from the Americas : production material, [1944?]. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62680587

From the description of Looking-for-something : the story of a stray burro of Ecuador : production material, [1952?]. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62680586

From the description of Magic money : production material, [1950?]. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62406021

From the description of Angelo, the naughty one : production material, [1944?]. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62406020

From the description of At the palace gates : production material, [1949?]. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62494564

Leo Politi was born November 21, 1908 in Fresno, California. He went to live in Brani, Italy in 1915, his mother's family home. He studied art at the National Art Institute in Mona, Italy. In 1931, he returned to California and settled in Los Angeles, living in the Mexican section of the city, a setting that would later form the backdrop of several of his books. In 1938, Leo Politi wrote and illstrated his first book for children, Little Pancho, the story of a little Mexican boy. In 1950, he received the Caldecott Medal for Song Of the Swallow, which tells the story of the kindness of the Fathers of the San Juan Capistrano Mission and the coming of spring. He also received Caldecott Honor citations for Pedro, the Angel Of Olvera Street in 1947 and Juanita in 1949. Many of his works have regional settings but his themes such as the importance of family and tradition are universal. His pictures have a sense of rhythm and reflect his love of folk art and color. Leo Politi died on March 24, 1996 in Los Angeles, California. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 47, p. 172-182 Something About the Author, vol. 88, p.163

From the guide to the Leo Politi Collection, 1942-1962, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

Leo Politi was born November 21, 1908 in Fresno, California. He went to live in Brani, Italy in 1915, his mother's family home. He studied art at the National Art Institute in Mona, Italy. In 1931, he returned to California and settled in Los Angeles, living in the Mexican section of the city, a setting that would later form the backdrop of several of his books. In 1938, Leo Politi wrote and illstrated his first book for children, Little Pancho, the story of a little Mexican boy. In 1950, he received the Caldecott Medal for Song Of the Swallow, which tells the story of the kindness of the Fathers of the San Juan Capistrano Mission and the coming of spring. He also received Caldecott Honor citations for Pedro, the Angel Of Olvera Street in 1947 and Juanita in 1949. Many of his works have regional settings but his themes such as the importance of family and tradition are universal. His pictures have a sense of rhythm and reflect his love of folk art and color. Leo Politi died on March 24, 1996 in Los Angeles, California. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 47, p. 172-182 Something About the Author, vol. 88, p.163.

From the description of Leo Politi Collection 1942-1962. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 462884163

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creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. Magic money : production material, [1950?]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. The three miracles ; production material, [1946?]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Monterey Public Library. California History Room. Authors clippings : "P-Q" [surname] folder 1937-1989. Monterey Public Library
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. Looking-for-something : the story of a stray burro of Ecuador : production material, [1952?]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. A boat for Peppe : production material, [1950?]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. The butterflies come : production material, ca. 1956-1962. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. Stories from the Americas : production material, [1944?]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. At the palace gates : production material, [1949?]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Leo Politi Collection, 1942-1962 University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc]
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. Papers, 1942-1962 (bulk 1944-1957). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. Leo Politi Collection 1942-1962. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. Leo Politi, 1973. University of Central Missouri, James C. Kirkpatrick Library
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. The mission bell : production material, ca. 1953-1956. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. The Columbus story : production material, ca. 1955-1957. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. Angelo, the naughty one : production material, [1944?]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Politi, Leo, 1908-1996. Little Leo : production material, [1951?]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
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associatedWith Baylor, Byrd. person
associatedWith Blanton, Catherine. person
associatedWith Clark, Ann Nolan, 1896-1995. person
associatedWith Columbus, Christopher person
associatedWith Dalgliesh, Alice, 1893- person
associatedWith Garrett, Helen, 1895- person
associatedWith Henius, Frank, person
associatedWith Monterey Public Library. California History Room. corporateBody
associatedWith Parish, Helen Rand. person
associatedWith Serra, Junípero, 1713-1784 person
associatedWith University of Central Missouri. James C. Kirkpatrick Library. Philip A. Sadler Research Collection of Literature for Children and Young Adults. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
California
Costa Rica
Mexico
California
South America
Mexico
Italy
Peru
Ecuador
Central America
California
Subject
Italian Americans--Juvenile fiction
Fishers--Fiction
Children's literature, American--20th century
Donkeys
Tales
Miracles--Fiction
Children's literature, American
Folklore
Manuscripts, American
Italian Americans--Fiction
Donkeys--Juvenile fiction
Monarch butterfly--Fiction
Monarch butterfly--Juvenile fiction
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Illustrator
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Birth 1908-11-21

Death 1996-03-24

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