Ets, Marie Hall


Marie Hall Ets was born in North Greenfield, WI in 1865, and from a very early age she displayed an affinity and talent for art. She attended Lawrence College in Appleton WI and several art institutions in Chicago, New York, and London, after which she married Milton Rodig in November 1917 and moved to San Francisco, where she found employment as an artist. After he died in early 1918 she returned to the Midwest and began to pursue a career as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She also worked in a variety of social roles, notably as a volunteer at the Chicago Commons Social Settlement House. She won a Caldecott Medal for her illustrated Nine Days to Christmas in 1960, and five other books of hers were selected to be Caldecott Honor Books. Her illustrations bring tender touches of life to her stories, utilizing a range of mediums and techniques. Ets died in the 1980s.

Selected Work

Title: Play With Me

Author/Illustrator: Marie Hall Ets

Publisher: Puffin

Year: 1976

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Format: Paperback; 32 pages; 22 cm x 18 cm

ISBN: 0140501789; 978-0140501780

MARC record

A little girl goes to the meadow to play, but each animal she tries to catch runs away from her–until she sits still by the pond, and they all come back. The delicate pastel illustrations echo and enhance the quiet tone of the story, lending an added layer of tenderness.

Other Works

In the  Forest. Written and illustrated by Marie Hall Ets. Scholastic, 1989.

Just Me. Written and illustrated by Marie Hall Ets. Puffin, 1978.

Gilberto and the Wind. Written and illustrated by Marie Hall Ets. Puffin, 1978.

Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico. Written by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida. Viking Press, 1966.

Mister Penny. Written by Marie Hall Ets. Viking Press, 1946.

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One Response to “Ets, Marie Hall”

  1. Sharon Addy Says:

    Who is that in the picture with the bio of Marie Hall Ets?

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