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Eloise: The Absolutely Essential 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – October 25, 2005

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About the Author

Kay Thompson (1909-1998) was a singer, dancer, vocal arranger, and coach of many MGM musicals in the 1940s.

The Eloise character grew out of the voice of a precocious six-year-old that Miss Thompson put on to amuse her friends. Collaborating with Hilary Knight on what was an immediate bestseller, Kay Thompson became a literary sensation when Eloise was published in 1955. The book has sold more than two million copies to date. Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight created four more Eloise books, Eloise in Paris, Eloise at Christmas, Eloise in Moscow, and Eloise Takes a Bawth.

Hilary Knight, son of artist-writers Clayton Knight and Katharine Sturges, was educated at the Art Students League, where he studied with Reginald Marsh. Besides the Eloise books, Hilary Knight has illustrated more than fifty books for children, six of which he wrote himself.

He lives and works in New York City, not far from The Plaza Hotel.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 65 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 50th Anniversary edition (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416908234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416908234
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for my granddaughter, and almost couldn't give it to her because I wanted to keep it for myself! It has the traditional Eloise stories, which are great, but the real jewel here is the back section of the book. In this section you'll find photos of many of the Eloise products through the years, and a lovely history of the little girl and how she grew to be America's most precocious, most lovable six year old.
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I loved the original Eloise and was so happy to be able to share it with my granddaughter. She also loves Eloise. It's nice to pass good reading experiences on.
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This is a very very nice edition of the original Eloise book. My 5 yr old loves it. I feel like it's a pleasure to hold a beautiful book and read it to my little girl several times a week. I would recommend this ed over the one with three books in one specifically for that reason. It is very difficult to have to hold such an ungainly book and read it for such a long time. The Eloise stories take a while to get through. I personally prefer single book editions unless you are a collector. This is probably the nicest edition out there of this book. Well worth it.
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Eloise at the Plaza is one of my all time favorite books-but when I bought this edition for my niece I was unhappy to find that some lines have been changed, and at least one picture deleted. Now I don't know where to find an original.
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"Oh my lord!" this is a timeless classic with a most spunky heroine. We read Eloise to our 5-year-old daughter in preparation for a vacation to New York. The Plaza hotel still welcomes guests in search of Eloise, which made for a fun, literature-based experience.
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I really dislike this character. I was not familiar with this book and cannot recommend. Looked for redeeming qualities but other than anniversary nostalgia there didn't seem to be any. I gave it two stars so as not to be snarky, but found it a complete waste of time.
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I mentioned to a friend that I grew up without having read the Eloise books, so she loaned me a copy of this book. I was pleasantly surprised by how the story appears to have held up over the years: the situations that the 6-year-old Eloise, who lives at The Plaza, finds herself in or, more likely, creates, are humorous. I especially like the illustrations, which show the difference between what Eloise thinks and what the adults think. Underneath it all, though, the story is sad, even though I don't think it is meant to be. Eloise's mother is never present: she seems to be raised by her Nanny.
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Precocious Eloise lives a glamorous life at the Plaza Hotel in NYC. Her antics will delight and entertain young readers. Ages 5-12 appropriate, while older girls and women will be entertained by this story from the 50s.
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