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Eloise's Summer Vacation Paperback – May 8, 2007
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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.
Top customer reviews
In "Eloise's Summer Vacation", Nanny accompanies Eloise on summer vacation to Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, Grand Canyon, and San Francisco. The story captures Eloise's fun-loving nature and the illustrations enhance the text. Typical of level one readers, this book has slightly more challenging vocabulary, e.g. "supplies" and longer sentence structure. Young children who love Eloise and her adventures will adore this series of early readers.
I typically enjoy reading about this mischievous little girl; however, this short-story made absolutely no since to me. I can over look the little things when it comes to children books due to the age range they are for, but other than telling the places they visited there was nothing else to make this book worth reading.
I will still always recommend Eloise novels, for all children love a little chaos now and then.