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Blair Lent

Born: Jan 22, 1930

Death: Jan 27, 2009

Birthplace: Boston

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Blair Lent

Date of Birth : Jan 22, 1930
Date of Death : Jan 27, 2009
Birth Place : Boston

Blair Lent, who sometimes wrote as Ernest Small, was an American illustrator and writer of children's books, perhaps best known for those with Chinese themes such as Tikki Tikki Tembo. He won the 1973 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel. Lent used a wide range of techniques in his illustrations, including acrylic painting, cardboard cutouts, colored pencil and ink and wash. Born in Boston, Lent attended the Boston Museum School where he graduated with a degree in art in 1953, after which he went to Italy and Switzerland on a study grant. He worked for the Container Corporation of America designing labels for cans and worked for the Bresnick Advertising Company where he designed bank advertisements. After receiving positive feedback from a juvenile-books editor at Atlantic Monthly Press, he put out Pistachio, a story published in 1964 about a green cow and a circus that he wrote and illustrated. Under the pen name of Ernest Small, he wrote the 1966 books Baba Yaga about a witch, and John Tabor's Ride, a fanciful yarn about a sailor from New England.


  • Writer
  • Author
  • Illustrator

Also known as

  • Ernest Small

Awards Won

  • Caldecott Medal
  • Caldecott Honor
  • Caldecott Medal
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