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Eloise at Christmastime Hardcover – October 1, 1999
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Her asides, printed in red, are as priceless as ever: "Sometimes there is so much to do that/ I get sort of a headache around the sides and partially under it." Or in a rare vulnerable moment, "For when you are a child of six/ it's difficult to know/ if you deserve a present or not/ at Christmastime/ or so." But enough of that. "We sang Noel for 506/ Silent Night for 507/ We didn't sing for 509/ at the request of 511."
Hilary Knight's pen and ink pink-and-black illustrations are perfect--particularly of the "sugar plums" dancing in Eloise's head on Christmas Eve, complete with crazed elves, Nanny-as-angel, reindeer with glasses, and of course Santa's sleigh with one giant package in it... for Eloise. Kay Thompson's Eloise at Christmastime, first published in 1958 with a different cover, joins Eloise in Paris and The Absolutely Essential Eloise (with additional historical scrapbook) as a much welcomed reissue of the original. And there's always just Eloise. (Ages 5 to 105) --Karin Snelson
Noel Coward Frankly, I adore Eloise.
Roz Chast Eloise is smart and funny and knows how to get around annoying adults.
Top Customer Reviews
I am so happy that my nieces and nephew will be able to finally have a copy of "Eloise at Christmastime" of their very own and they will be able to pass it on to their children. Hang two-legged Christmas stockings and read this book almost every night before Christmas.
The story starts on Christmas Eve, as a blizzard blankets the Plaza, and the temperature drops to four below zero outside. But inside it's warm and cozy, and there's a blazing Yule log in Eloise's fireplace.
The story recounts Eloise's tree trimming, gift-giving to everyone she knows, getting ready for exchanging gifts on Christmas under her Christmas tree, and prowling around the Plaza on Christmas Eve in typical Eloise fashion. She hits all the parties and helps the people celebrate from room to room as well. You can imagine the mayhem that creates!
One of the most beautiful segments is Eloise dreaming about Santa Claus coming. This section will touch your heart, if you are like me.
A high point for Eloise is opening her present from Nanny. You'll love reading about it.
After you finish enjoying this warm Christmas story, I suggest that you take a few minutes to think (as Eloise does) about all of the people (and animals) you can show your appreciation for during the holidays. I'll bet Eloise inspires you to take a broader view of thankfulness. What better gift could you receive at Christmas?
Ooooooooooooooooooooooo! I absolutely love Eloise
"Eloise at Christmastime" has a very simple and fairly short storyline focusing on Eloise and Nanny's preparations for celebrating Christmas at home on top of the Plaza. In that regard, it's more similar to "Eloise Takes a Bawth" than the earlier Eloise books that were more complicated. "Eloise at Christmastime," which is not only short but is told in rhyme, might thus be a better way to introduce younger children to the "Eloise" series. Despite Eloise's unconventional lifestyle, her energetic preparations and mad dashes around the Plaza in her pre-Christmas excitement are pretty universal to all kids who can't wait for Christmas to hurry up and arrive. One nice touch is that, far from being a greedy little girl, she seems to get just as much joy out of giving presents to all of her family and friends as she does about receiving them, even though her ideas about what constitutes a good gift can be kind of weird sometimes (again, typical of childhood thinking).
As with most of the Eloise books, Hilary Knight's illustrations are the star of the production and really make this relatively simple story pop off the page. The main reason why I did not give five stars is that I understand some illustrations were removed or reduced in size to make room for new ones in the re-released edition.Read more ›
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