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Elizabeth Enright (1909 - 1968) was born to an artistic family in Oak Park, Illinois, a bedroom suburb of Chicago on September 17th of the year 1909. Her mother was a magazine illustrator while her father was a political cartoonist. One might be able to say that Elizabeth was born with charcoal in her blood. In fact, illustration was her original career choice and she honed her skills by studying art in Greenwich, Conn.; Paris, France; and the Parson's School of Design in New York City. Her first book, Kintu: A Congo Adventure, was written around a set of pictures she had to draw. While doing that, she discovered the quirk that all writers discover--that writing brings back memories in fresh and unexpected ways. She eventually exchanged the pen and ink of an artist to the pen of a writer.

Having successfully raised two sons, Elizabeth Enright well understood the interests and reading realm of children. Her stories are for the young, both in age and in mind and draw the reader into the story quickly and completely. Her stories do not hide nor dwell on the pain, conflicts and disappointments of childhood but celebrate the joy, pleasure and love that are families. Over the years, she wrote and self-illustrated books for both adults and children. But it is in her children's books that she lives on.



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