Eloise Hardcover – Apr 30 1969
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"I am Eloise/I am six." So begins the well-loved story of Eloise, the garrulous little girl who lives at New York's Plaza Hotel. Eyebrow raised defiantly, arm propped on one jutting hip, Eloise is a study in self-confidence. Eloise's personal mandate is "Getting bored is not allowed," so she fills her days to the brim with wild adventures and self-imposed responsibilities. An average Eloise afternoon includes braiding her pet turtle's ears, ordering "one roast-beef bone, one raisin and seven spoons" from room service, and devising innovative methods of torture for her guardians.
Eloise's exploits are non-stop, and--accordingly--the text uses nary a period. Kay Thompson perfectly captures the way children speak: in endless sentences elongated with "and then ... and then ... and then... " Hilary Knight's drawings illustrate Eloise's braggadocio and amusement as well as the bewilderment of harassed hotel guests. Eloise's taunts are terrible, her imagination inimitable, her pace positively perilous. Her impertinence will delight readers of all ages. (Ages 5 and older)
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Eloise is a little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York. She is not yet pretty but she is already a Person. Henry James would want to study her. Queen Victoria would recognize her as an Equal. The New York Jets would want to have her on their side. Lewis Carroll would love her (once he got over the initial shock). She knows everything about The Plaza. She is interested in people when they are not boring.She has Inner Resources.If you take her home with you, you will always be glad you did.ENDSee all Product Description
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By: Kay Thompson
Illustrated By: Hilary Knight
I read Eloise by Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight. Eloise is a story for anyone who has lost their inner child in them and can't find it. Search no longer, Eloise is the perfect book for any age between young children and "precocious grown ups." I awarded Eloise four out of five stars because it was funny, impertinent, but also bratty.
As the story goes, Eloise is a six year-old girl living in The Plaza Hotel located in an urban city, and is very proud of it. Eloise takes advantage that The Plaza Hotel is an expensive, cushy, and is in an in an adult atmosphere. Most people staying at the Plaza are older men and woman with the exception of course, Miss Eloise. In the way she acts, Eloise is six going on seventeen, but as for true maturity, she is still a six year-old girl at heart. Eloise is a nuisance, spoiled, and just a bray in general. She lives on the top floor of the Plaza. The quickest way to get there is by taking the elevator. But of course, Eloise can't simply ride the elevator like a well-mannered, civilized person. Oh no. Miss Eloise rides the elevator as if it were an attraction at Disneyland that you ride over, and over, and over. Some other things that Eloise does are ordering strange meals from room service (a single raisin, for example) and bosses around Nanny, her nurse.
Eloise was funny because it brought out the kid in me. It reminded me of the familiar desire to want to act three times your age, the desire to want to be an independent person, and the wish of having all the toys in the whole, wide world. You could hear the voice of a young girl shining through the writing. Ms.Read more ›
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Eloise was one of her picks.
Our daughter's mother and I often have meetings in The Plaza, and sometimes stay overnight there. On one trip, we bought this book in the gift shop and had Eloise sign it for our daughter before we left. Eloise wrote, "Sorry I missed you Hope to see you next trip Love, Eloise" Every time we went to New York with our daughter when she was six, we looked for Eloise but we kept missing her. It was lucky that her picture was always there to greet us.
After our daughter could read, we would encourage her to read this book while we were away at The Plaza. In that way, she could feel like she was with us.
Then when we went on trips, we would ask her what she would like to do in the hotel.Read more ›
E. Eloise Tulberg: It is always good to know Eloise's methods and tricks for I have learned that using her traveling techniques I have enjoyed my visits to numerous places around the world with my Grandma (Nanny). Too bad my mother doesn't know Coco Chanel. I have made friends with pigeons, room service, and even those people in the that drawing room that just sit sit sit all day long smoking cigars and having rawther boring conversations! Eloise is extremely smart in being the first to notice that paper cups really ARE good for talking to Mars with! Although I have learned that everyday isn't JUST like Eloise's, it's sure fun to try!!
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This is a very fun book. The story is imaginative and witty and the illustrations wonderfully whimsical. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004
Eloise is so funny,
she is a free spirt, and very accurate. She's here, She's there, She's everywhere. Read more
Eloise is a demanding character... she demands room service even as she demands your love. My mother read this first Eloise to me when I was 8, and I still love her at 18. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2002
The last time I was in NYC I walked past The Plaza Hotel and noticed a plaque proclaiming it a "literary landmark" as the home of Eloise. Therefore I had to read the book. Read morePublished on June 13 2002 by Gordon Reade
Loved the story! The illustrations and word placement on the pages kept my 8 eight year old reading. Will definitely buy more Eloise books.Published on April 30 2002 by K. Marzo
After reading the other reviews I was excited to buy this book for my 6-year-old daughter. Eloise is spoiled and rude and lives a life that most kids I know would not understand. Read morePublished on April 3 2002
Eloise is a six-year-old girl that lives with her nanny in The Plaza Hotel, New York. In the book Eloise tells the reader all about herself, such as her daily activities, her room... Read morePublished on April 3 2002 by Megan Allyn
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