I have an article up today over at The National Writing For Children Center about teaching personification by using picture books. And as I mention in that post, Virginia Lee Burton was a master at using personification in her books. The Little House is a favorite at our house, as is Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and Katie and the Big Snow. The imagery in Mrs. Burton's books is beyond description, and her writing style is exceptional! She was a true icon in the picture book industry, so I thought I'd share a little bit about Virginia Lee Burton here.