1937Virginia Lee Burton published her first of seven children’s books, Choo Choo.People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Literary History, Notable People

Burton, Virginia Lee. Choo Choo: the story of a little engine who ran away. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1937.
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Choo Choo was done in black and white, with solid black lines and broad charcoal shading. The main character, a female runaway locomotive, is endowed with life and an endearing personality. Burton’s characters were often female — an engine, a steam shovel, a house, and a cable car. Burton presented her young readers with images of strong mechanical female characters that appealed to all. They are still adored.

Elleman, Barbara, Those Telling Lines: The Art of Virginia Lee Burton, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA, 2009, various. “Works by Virginia Lee Burton.” Cape Ann Museum, https://www.capeannmuseum.org/collections/artists/virginia-lee-burton-demetrios/.
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