Sunday, December 9, 2012

Baby's Christmas

Day Nine
Baby's Christmas
by Esther Wilkin
Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin

I have to admit, my favorite thing about this book is the illustrations! This book was first printed in 1959 and it shows through the illustrations. The little baby is adorable!

What did Santa leave for Baby?
Let's go in and see.

Baby has a Christmas tree decorated with gingerbread boys, candy canes, twinkly lights and colored balls. Santa left lots of  toys for Baby under the tree . . . teddy bear, a dog with floppy ears, a rocking horse, a rubber duck  and  a milk truck.  Plus lots more!

But,  best of all Santa left a toy box! And that's where Baby puts the toys,  at the end of every day!

I did a little research about Eloise and Esther Wilkins. They were sisters and worked on over 20 books together. In 1944, Eloise signed an exclusive contract with the original Little Golden Books publisher Simon and Schuster which required her to illustrate three books each year. It is her work for Golden Books that she is best known. She often used her children, grandchildren and their friends as models. She is one of the most collectible Golden Book illustrators. . . and I can see why.

Posted by Janet F. Smart on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. I agree! This is such a cute book. I would absolutely LOVE to have a story made into a Little Golden Book. That's a big dream of mine. :)

  2. Me too, Rena! That would be a dream come true.


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