Our first graders are learning about author and illustrator Leo Lionni. They loved that he was born in Holland and that his mother let him keep his room a mess! She even allowed frogs, mice and other creatures he found in the wild to live in his room! These creatures inspired many of his characters. Leo Lionni would often tear paper to create his animals instead of cutting. He thought this made the edges look more like real animal fur! Here are a few of our pieces. They are hanging in our classroom!