Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The North Wind Doth Blow....

Eloise Wilkin, Golden Press, 1958

Eloise Wilkin (1904-1987) is one of the great illustrators of the Little Golden Books. Her work graces the pages of many of my favorite children's books. You can expect to see more of those books in the posts to come.

Other publishers she worked for were Ginn, Scibner, Little Brown, Rand McNally, Random House and MacMillian. Many early illustrations were for school books. An example is 'The First Grade Book' for Ginn. Early in her career Eloise illustrated paper dolls for Samuel Gabriel & Sons, Playtime House and Jaymar. She illustrated for 4 years before marrying Sidney Wilkin, so early works are signed Eloise Burns. Her sister Esther married Sidneys' brother and Esther later wrote books and Eloise illustrated them.

She signed a contract with Simon & Schuster in 1944 and went on to illustrate 47 little golden books, calendars, shape books,big goldens and sturdy goldens. Her illustrations show innocence of youth and wide-eyed wonder. She used her neighborhood, her children and their friends as models for her illustrations. --from Goldenbook.com

This is my original copy of Baby's Mother Goose. It's part of the Little Golden Book series, published as a "sturdy book." Hmmm.... not so sturdy. Clearly, this book was well loved!


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