Lehman's mastery of illustration is evident as she tells complete stories with only her drawings and paintings in these wordless books.
All of Barbara Lehman's illustrations have the same quaint, vintage look. It would be easy for even a very small child to group Lehman's books together as being written by the same author. She uses watercolors plus gouache and ink drawings to achieve this pleasant style.
The faces in Lehman's books are plain -- small dots for eyes and noses. But she is able to capture a broad range of emotions even through such simplistic faces.
I really like Lehman's old fashioned style. It has an innocent and happy feeling even when she portrays city street scenes. The childlike curiosity that she injects into each book keeps me turning the pages. Each book offers a land of adventure or fantasy, a safe escape for young readers.
I feel at home in her illlustrations, and each one makes me want to enter into the world of the book where colors are vivid and faces are so open.