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Eloise Burns Wilkins....Illustrator.

Born in Rochester, New York in 1904, Eloise Burns became an illustrator after graduating from The Rochester Institute of
Technology. Little is know of her early life but she was fortunate to have had a mother who seemed to be a free spirit and
encouraged her children to enjoy their creative gifts. One fine day she allowed them to draw all over one wall in their house
just before redecorating. Imagine the squeals and happy scribbles that day.


After she graduated, Eloise and her friend Joan Esley, another illustrator, moved to New York City where they decided they
had a better chance of success in the world of illustration. They would later corroborate on several children's books.

Eloise Burns became Eloise Burns Wilkin in 1935 after her marriage to Sydney Wilkin and soon began a family of four
children. She illustrated over 20 books with her sister Ester, who also married a Wilkin.

In 1943, she was offered a contract with Simon & Schuster in New York. She signed to do four Little Golden books a year
staying with Little Golden Books exclusively until 1961, then only occasionally doing a book for them up until the
mid-eighties.

On October 4, 1987, at the age of 84, Eloise died of cancer in Brighton, New York, bringing an end to a beautiful and
fulfilling career and leaving a legacy of delightful stories and pictures still loved by 21st century children and the folks who
read to them. At the time of her death Eloise Wilkin was still illustrating and working on a new doll design.
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