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Join Eloise as she leaves The Plaza for a splendid,
sun-soaked day at the beach! Pull the tabs, lift the flaps,
and turn the wheels to see how our favorite city girl
spends her oh-so-fabulous day.
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.
Sonali Fry is a children’s book editor who lives in New York City.
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