Eloise in Moscow: with audio recording

Eloise in Moscow: with audio recording

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by Kay Thompson, Hilary Knight, Bernadette Peters

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Odd Couple Invade Russia and Produce Best-seller

When Kay Thompson (with Hilary Knight in tow) swept through Moscow at the height of the Cold War, the Russians didn't know what hit them. No one could have predicted that this small masterpiece would be the result. First published in 1959 and out of print for more than three decades, their fourth book


Odd Couple Invade Russia and Produce Best-seller

When Kay Thompson (with Hilary Knight in tow) swept through Moscow at the height of the Cold War, the Russians didn't know what hit them. No one could have predicted that this small masterpiece would be the result. First published in 1959 and out of print for more than three decades, their fourth book about Eloise is DELICIOUS.

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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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 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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 9, 1909
Date of Death:
July 2, 1998
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Washington University

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Eloise in Moscow 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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My 9 year old daughter borrowed this from the library just for fun and I just bought a copy to keep because it is a fantastic visual history book about Cold War Moscow. Eloise deals with long lines for things in short supply, paranoid reactions for people, difficulty getting to see certain sights, and few meal options. She has a spy chase her through bitter cold, sees splendid public places like the subway and the opera and also sees them contrasted to relatively shabby residences. My daughter laughed at a lot of funny pictures and was stimulated to ask questions like 'how long did this last and what made it end?' So we read a little on how the Communist Party got established and how it fell. We looked at the pictures of the lines and I very simply introduced the idea of a control market v.s. a demand market. A fun and flexible teaching tool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Eloise in Moscow in October 2002, 3 months after I returned to the U.S. after spending 2 years in Russia. What was true in 1959 is still true today! The only difference is that Stalin is no longer Lenin's "roommate." This book made me laugh out loud!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eloise has an unique adventure in Cold War Moscow. As in her adventures in Paris and New York, Eloise has a grand time being mischevious and naughty. If you like Eloise you will like this book. Kids will like it, especially the spy that is trailing Eloise. Make a game of finding the spy in each illustration. Be surprised at why the spy is following her when you reach the end. If you expect Eloise to be anything other than her naughty little self you will be disappointed. She is a child living in a time before everything, including kids' books, had to be politically correct. She has fun, is head strong, impulsive, curious, and mischevious in ways that we often only allow boys to be. To paraphrase the song, 'Thank heaven for little Eloise!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
The decision to send Eloise to Moscow in winter during the Cold War is the fundamental weakness of this book. The execution is weak within that story format, and the book falls flat as a result. This book is the only one of the Eloise books that feels very dated. It is more of an anti-communist commentary than a story about Eloise. Moscow during the winter in the Cold War wasn't exactly the place where you can expect Eloise to have lots of fun, get great room service and enjoy terrific shopping, which limits the potential for standard Eloise activities. The book details many stereotypes about Cold War Russia that will seem confusing to those who are under 40. If you are a hard core Eloise fan, read this one and enjoy the contrasts. If you are not so dedicated, you may want to skip this book. The story has a 'downer,' cricial tone to it that usually overwhelms the potential humor. When Eloise arrives in the hotel, she finds 'they were not absolutely glad to see us' 'Here's what there is absolutely none of is Moscow Privacy' 'It was colder inside than out [and it was ten below zero centigrade outside]' This comes across to me more like kvetching than humor. The running joke in this book is the surveillance on Eloise and Nanny. Someone follows them everywhere. Their room is bugged. People keep checking on them. But it's not really very funny. There is difficulty in presenting the ultrarich person's view of Russia here. Eloise's grandmother sends a Rolls on a rail car for Eloise to travel in. Eloise gets special privileges at the U.S. Embasssy because her mother knows the ambassador. But Eloise cannot charge anything anywhere. The food gets to be boring, even the caviar which Eloise enjoys, because there is little variety. She develops a fondness for champagne (at six?) and champagne corks. This beverage choice seemed to me to be more than a little inappropriate. The best part of the story to me was when Eloise puts on her disguise to take her nightly perambulation through the hotel. One of the nice touches in the book is to tie in pigeons, as so many of the books do. I also liked the fold-out drawing of the Kremlin. The part I liked least was a very long section of satire on a tour guide who doesn't guide them where they want to go very well. They see endless tombs, uninteresting outsides of buildings, statues, and places where they cannot go because they are under construction or tickets are unavailable. Editors need to intervene in such circumstances. After you have finished reading and thinking about this book, I suggest you consider how much our experiences are colored by our expectations. The next time you expect something to be drab and uninteresting . . . why not assume the best instead? You may find that your experience will change as a result. Nyet to this book! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution