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Podcast #2 Interview with Eloise Wilkin’s Daughter, Part One

When I was ten years old someone gave me Baby Dear – a children’s picturebook illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. That copy doesn’t exist any more because I wore out the pages. Recently I purchased a new one, and all the thoughts I used to think when reading that book 45 years ago came back. The story is about a little girl who, right before her mother and father bring a new baby home from the hospital, is given a baby doll. In the story, the little girl feeds her “baby” when Mommy feeds her baby; she changes her baby’s diapers when Mommy changes the baby; they take carriage rides together and tuck them into bed at the same time.

We smile at our babies and talk to them. Mommy says this is the way our babies know they are the most wonderful babies in the world.

In one scene, the little girl and Mommy are in the nursery tending their babies. Mommy is folding diapers and storing them away in the little white dresser while the little girl is rocking the real baby. There is an armoire filled with baby things and an old-time playpen. My ten-year-old self wished with all her might that she had a room just like that one. In another Eloise Wilkin classic We Help Mommy I wanted a dust mop just like the one in the picture so I could clean under the furniture, too, and the miniature clothesline with clothespins was irresistible. The little girl in that book was so lucky, I always thought. She could help her Mommy do all the house work, and it really wasn’t work at all, but play. I wonder if the influence of these Wilkin books had a hand many years later in helping me to easily incorporate my own children into the housework. It always seemed so natural to expect my young children to work when I worked, and when we finished we could read or play.

In this podcast we interview one of Eloise Wilkin’s daughters — Deborah Springett. The interview is a long one, so we’ve divided it into three parts. Here is Part One.

The Golden Years of Eloise Wilkin by Eloise Wilkin and Deborah Wilkin Springett

You can purchase a copy of this book directly from Mrs. Springett:

D. Springett
PMB 188, 3510 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento CA 95864

The cost is $24.45 (CA residents add $1.69).

4 Responses to “Podcast #2 Interview with Eloise Wilkin’s Daughter, Part One”

  1. julie Says:

    I LOVE BABY DEAR!
    It was my favorite book to read to my girls!
    I WISh I had had such inspiration when growing up. I couldn’t wait to get out of the home! But That is the miracle! All glory to God.
    I will find time to listen to the podcast.
    Never have before.
    You say it is only 12 minutes.
    Sounds do-able!
    Blessings!!!!!!!
    Keep up the good works!

  2. Literacy Teacher Says:

    Please check out my Picture Book Carnival at http://mentortexts.blogspot.com/2007/07/first-ever-picture-book-carnival.html.

    Blog Carnival told me to PING you when it was up.

  3. Heidi Schnaidt Says:

    I would be very interested in a transcript of the three podcast interviews with Deborah Springett. If there is a charge, please let mr know.

    I have been an Eloise Wilkin fan for over 40 years!

  4. Betty Smith Says:

    I would like to have a copy of the Golden years of Eloise Wilkin. I also would like a copy of Baby’s Mother Goose if one is available Plaese email me at smthbtty@yahoo.com Thank You Betty Smith

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