Curators from Japan to discuss Virginia Lee Burton at Cape Ann Museum | Save the date #picturebook đź’—đź“š fans!

custom model of Little House designed by GalleryA4 Takenaka Corporation Foundation in Tokyo for Virginia Lee Burton survey traveled in Japan 2017

A Cross-cultural Conversation: Curators visit from Japan to talk about The Little House: Her Story exhibition’s origins in Tokyo 

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome Gallery A4 chief curator Michiyo Okabe and Atsuko Tanaka on Saturday, January 26 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss the collaboration that brought the special exhibition The Little House: Her Story home to Cape Ann. The curators will present an illustrated talk with a short film. This program is free for Museum members, Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. Reservations required and can be made at For more information visit or call 978-283-0455 x10.

2017 marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of the children’s book The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton (1909–1968). In recognition of that milestone the Cape Ann Museum collaborated with Gallery A4 at the Takenaka Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, to create an exhibition exploring Burton’s extraordinary career and legacy. The Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, the University of Minnesota, the Burton-Demetrios family and the Tokyo Children’s Library also contributed to the project. The exhibition that resulted from this partnership featured archival material and a model of “The Little House” at the center of Burton’s story. “The Little House” was on display at the Gallery A4 from June until August 2018. Thereafter the exhibition traveled to Kijyo Picturebook Village (Miyagi prefecture), Aomori Museum of Art (Aomori prefecture), Narnia (Ginza, Tokyo), and the Spiral Garden (Aoyama, Tokyo). The exhibition was greeted enthusiastically by large crowds at each site.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased and honored to have been given this rare opportunity to engage in cross cultural dialogue and thanks its partners—and dear friends—in Japan for their generosity and kindness. This exhibition was made possible through the support of:  Cape Ann Savings Bank and Cape Ann Savings Trust & Financial Services; Takenaka Scholarship Foundation; Nancy LeGendre & Walter Herlihy; Mary Craven; Margaret Pearson; Christine & Stephen Kahane; Arthur Ryan; J.J. & Jackie Bell; Gib & Sarah Carey; Paul & Christine Lundberg; and Andrew Spindler.

Image courtesy of Gallery A4, Takenaka Corporation, Tokyo.

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Exquisite Virginia Lee Burton art exhibition @GalleryA4 Takenaka Corporation Foundation in Tokyo Japan | loans from Cape Ann Museum and Sawyer Free Library

Watch this beautiful video tour to see a world class exhibition design in Tokyo for Virginia Lee Burton worthy of her legacy. The creative and smart installation looks stunning! The temporary summer show will be up through August. Gallery A4 is a public foundation established by Takenaka Corporation. Photos from Gallery A4 web site. 

There’s also an exhibition featuring the Art of Eric Carle up through July at the Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan. 

Gallery A4 Tokyo exhibit Virginia Lee Burton

a ‘must-see’ video of the installation

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Virginia Lee Burton in Gloucester

video caption: Virginia Lee Burton, children’s book author/illustrator, Folly Cove textile designer and founder, resided and worked in Gloucester, MA, where she created some of America’s most popular children’s books. She received the Caldecott medal in 1943 for The Little House. Other books include Katy and the Big Snow and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Excerpts from her Caldecott speech. Music: The Little House, 1926, by Carrie Jacobs-Bond. 

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Find the link to PDF print out of Burton’s wonderful Caldecott speech

Virginia Lee Burton display at Cape Ann Museum 2011.

Virginia Lee Burton display at CAM 2011