Monday, February 25, 2008

Unknown Birthday: Elenore Plaisted

Elenore Plaisted, pioneer
c. 1880-c. 1935

My Prairie Year: Based on the Diary of Elenore Plaisted by Brett Harvey, illustrated by Deborah Ray Kogan (Holiday House, 1986)

From Maine to the Dakotas in 1889, nine-year-old Elenore, describes her family's life, blizzards, surprise packages from Maine, and wildflowers.

Curious about what happened to Elenore Plaisted? Elenore Plaisted Abbott studied with Howard Pyle and became a children's book illustrator. Visit the
Rose Valley Museum & Historical Society
for details. You've got to love a woman who supposedly painted her house pink.

See samples of Elenore Plaisted Abbott's work at a Rutgers University exhibit.