Written by Kay Thompson
Illustrated by Hilary Knight
New York, Simon & Schuster, 1955
8.5" x 11.7"
Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections
University of Minnesota Libraries
Pert, unpredictable Eloise was to six-year-old girls of the 1950s what Holden Caulfield was to their older brothers: "our ticket," recalls journalist Marie Winn, "out of the gray flannel society...a clarion call, a preview of the 1960s sensibility." More than a half century later, the doughty young heroine of this rather sophisticated tale set in the Plaza Hotel remains one of New York's most famous imaginary residents.