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Eloise at Christmastime Hardcover – October 1, 1999

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Book 2 of 5 in the Eloise Series

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Eloise has always had a rather festive air about her, but when Christmastime rolls around, well, it's "Fa la la la fa la la la lolly ting tingledy here and there," of course. The bunchy-bloused, spindly-legged scamp is speaking in rhyme this time, and in typical Eloise fashion, the verse simply can't be perfectly metered, for what would be the point? She rushes around New York's Plaza Hotel on Christmas Eve, jingling, spreading Christmas cheer, tying tassels on the thermostats, and writing "Merry Christmas" on all the walls. And of course there are gifts to be delivered and wrapped:

For Weenie a roastbeef bone deluxe
For Skipperdee raisin milk
I'm giving the valet a beehive of course
made of safety pins and silk

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

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Gloria Vanderbilt I am engaged by the thought that Eloise will be let loose into the millennium.

Noel Coward Frankly, I adore Eloise.

Roz Chast Eloise is smart and funny and knows how to get around annoying adults.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Eloise
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; New edition edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689830394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689830396
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had the original "Eloise at Christmastime" and there are a few subtle changes in this printing. First of all there are 4 wonderful new pictures by Mr. Knight but they took out one of my favorites, Eloise on the couch with Nanny in front of the fire. Some of the pictures have been reduced to put another picture on the page. Lastly the floor plan of the Plaza folded out in the original printing. Those are the differences that collectors will be happy about.
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.
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By A Customer on November 1, 1999
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I think that this is the strangest of all the Eloise books! I remember that the first time I read it, I'd scratch my head and go, "huh?" when I saw all the weird holiday ideas and gibberish words. Sometimes it makes me wonder what in the heck Kay Thompson was taking at the time! Needless to say, even though it is very good, it's not my favorite Eloise book. I've read all the Eloise books... they provide great maxims for daily living, such as "getting bored is not allowed" (the first book, "Eloise"). I repeat this to my friends a lot of the time. Anybody, whether child or grownup, can learn a lot from Eloise.
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This book is the oddball of the Eloise sequels, being the only one that also is also focused at the Plaza (like the original) and uses a rhyming scheme. Everyone who has loved Eloise must have wondered about how she fares without her mother living with her Nanny, pug (Weenie), and turtle (Skipperdee) in the Plaza on Christmas. The young woman who was born to shop (and order room service) adds a whole new meaning to Christmas for the guests at the Plaza and those who work there. If you require high quality rhymes, you may not like this book. If you can lightheartedly enjoy fractured verse, hotel high jinks, and great Hilary Knight drawings, you'll love it!
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
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This book was purchased by my mother back when my sisters and I were little. I was given the copy my mother had when I had the first grandchild and my sisters were angry about that! But now they are finally going to get their own copies for their family library and all the grandchildren will be able to read the hilarious adventures of Eloise!
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By A Customer on July 30, 1999
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This was the first Eloise book I ever read, I was 7. This book has become a family tradition, from hanging a two-legged christmas stocking to hanging everything on our christmas tree. Eloise is fun but it would just be words without Hilary Knights fantastically silly illustrations. I love this book, always have, always will.
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I have fond memories of reading Eloise books as a young person and got this book to add to our Christmas Eve fun. It did not disappoint, and we had a delightful time listening to the CD of the story read by Bernadette Peters, which comes with the book. While listening to the CD, it was fun to follow along with the book and see all the marvelous ilustrations by Hilary Knight. It brought back so many memories and made me feel like a child again. Eloise, though rather an unusual child with a very unusual life who can be rather annoying to adults at times, has goodness in her heart. She is also hilarious. We had so much fun with this that we decided to keep the book and read it again next year when holiday time comes along. Eloise at Christmastime: Book & CD
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By A Customer on December 31, 2001
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I am..... years old and I still like Eloise book. She's my favorite 6 year old! it has nice pictures on each page and of couse one pull out page like the original Eloise book. there are some lyrics on some of the pages of the book to Eloise's favorite christmas song, "Trinkles and Drinkles." When she(Kay Thompson) tells about Eloise Christmas dream it is all in rhyme. I hoghly reccomend it to kids of all ages.
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One of my Christmas treats to myself this year was sitting down after a holiday visit to Manhattan to spend some quality time with Eloise, the little girl who lives at the Plaza with her Nanny and her pets. I had previously read all the other Eloise books but this one, and generally like the little scamp. If ever there was a holiday made for Eloise, who loves to dress up in sparkly jingly costumes, crash parties, and get presents, it was Christmastime in mid-20th century New York.

"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.
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