Eloise at Christmastime

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Overview

Yes
Here she is at Christmastime
Complete with tinsel and holly
Singing fa la la la lolly
And over the roar of the jingle bells
You can hear hear hear her say
It's absolutely Christmas
But I don't mind a bit
I give everyone a present
For that's the thing of it
So when it's everly Christmastime
And you're under your Christmas trees
Simply tinkle a bell and have a trinkle
And remember
Me
Eloise

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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.

From the Publisher

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780689830396
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: Eloise Series
  • Edition description: For All Ages
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 330,397
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.07 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet 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 2 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.

Biography

Kay Thompson was already a character before she created one, spur of the moment, in the late '40s. The story varies, but goes something like this: Thompson -- a nightclub performer and composer -- showed up late to a rehearsal for a show she was appearing in. Her coach said, "Who do you think you are, coming here five minutes late?" Thompson put on a voice and responded, "I am Eloise, I am six." It was the beginning of a private joke among Thompson's circle, and the beginning of a children's classic.

Urged to write a book starring Eloise, Thompson began the project in earnest while "holed up at the Plaza" with illustrator Hilary Knight. The 1955 book was, as Life called it in 1957, "rampantly popular," with accompanying merchandise including dolls, children's clothing, and a record of a song coauthored and performed by Thompson ("Who is the little girl who knows everybody's business in New York?/I spend an enormous amount of time in the lobby. I have to see what's going on there./Who's on the telephone most of the day?/I have to call room service a lot and tell them to charge it, please and thank you very much.") The premise was irresistible: A precocious six-year-old living in the Plaza Hotel, making mischief, eventually traveling to Paris and Moscow? What's not to like?

Brimming with confidence, self-importance and a general disregard for rules, Eloise had to have been a refreshing anomaly among female characters in the '50s. Thompson, as headstrong and independent as her heroine, has been called a protofeminist. The cadence of Thompson's text was also unusual. Stringing together fragments and rhymes, Thompson's "Eloisiana" gives the six-year-old a grown-up twist, combining catchphrases such as "Charge it, please" and "For Lord's sake" with made-up words ("skibble," "slomp") and Eloise's appropriation of her nanny's accent and thrice-repeated words ("We've got to get out of this tub tub tub").

After an unfortunate 1956 television adaptation of Eloise, Thompson (who appeared as herself in the Playhouse 90 show) banned any further dramatic interpretations. She also felt that the sequels had done the original book a disservice, and allowed them to go out of print, earning a reputation for being capricious and difficult. When Thompson died in 1998, the character had a revival. Thompson's sister authorized rereleases of the Eloise sequels and a special edition of the original book, which was shepherded by illustrator Knight. In 2002, Simon & Schuster released the final Thompson-Knight collaboration, Eloise Takes a Bawth.

Good To Know

Thompson got into a scrape with Donald Trump when he took over ownership of the Plaza hotel and denied her the free rrom she had enjoyed for years. According to the Eloise web site, this transgression resulted in her refusal to allow Eloise's use for any kind of Plaza marketing.

Despite Thompson's preference, another attempt will be made to bring Eloise to life: ABC has two Eloise movies in the works. Eloise is slated for May 2003, and Eloise at Christmastime follows in December 2003.

Thompson was a vocal arranger and composer who worked on several films in the '40s and '50s, including Weekend at the Waldorf, Ziegfeld Follies, and Funny Face, which she also acted in alongside Audrey Hepburn in 1957.

Thompson coached Judy Garland during her Hollywood days; according to a 1996 article in Vanity Fair, she became a close friend of Garland's who often traveled with her and children Liza and Lorna.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Catherine Louise Fink (birth name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 9, 1909
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Death:
      July 2, 1998
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York

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We hang everything
on our Christmas tree
Ornaments big and bright
and all of these sparkling icicles
and twirling balls of white

I always hang a star on top
With angels in between

Here's how many lights we have —
Thirty-seven and sixteen



I'm rawther fond of caroling
Fa la on every floor

Fa la la la to catering

Fa la from door to door

Fa la la la fa la la lolly ting tingles of angel hair. Blow music of trinkles and drinkles of glass there's Christmas everywhere

We sang Noel for 506

Silent Night for 507

We didn't sing for 509
at the request of 511
But ho ho ho and jiggeldy ping
We were not dismayed
We skibbled into the exit sign
and sang

Oh trinkles oh drinkles fa la fa lo

for Lily
the nightmaid

Skipperdee lost a tooth
singing Good King Wenceslaus
But we found it behind
this azalea plant
hiding under this moss

Copyright © 1958 by Kay Thompson
Copyright © Renewed 1986/Kay Thompson
Copyright © 1999 by the estate of Kay Thompson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    my favorite books as a child

    Eloise was my favorite books as a child. I remember always going to the library to get the books, now as a mother of 3, my youngest daughter loves the books too. I think these books should a part of every little girls bed time tradition.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    Eloise at Christmastime

    eloise at christmastime is very good. i love it and i'm 11 years old. Its all about putting people together,and being happy. i have eloise at the plaza and when eloise at christmastime comes out i am going to buy it right away. i hope other people enjoy it also. thank you for hearing what i had to say about eloise. i would really like to see what eloise's mother looks like.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2001

    Eloise With Fractured Rhymes at the Plaza

    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 Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Hi

    How many pages?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Almost unreadable on Nook

    My daughters love the story and pictures from the original books, but the large book has just been shrunk down to fit two pages per screen on the Nook. This means you can barely read the text even if you try to zoom in. Also an inch or so on the right side of the page is cut off. For $12.99 I expected something more than a thumbnail of each page of the book. They need to do something to adjust the format or give up on the Nook version of this. Don't waste your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    I want this book.

    I wish i could get this book. But it is too much money i have only like 4.00 or 3.00 mabey less. But i have "eloise takes a bawth" eloise is interesting in her books and in the movie. Too!!!!

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