OXENBURY, Helen Gillian

1938 - ?

Helen Oxenbury

Born at Ipswich on 2 June 1938, daughter of Thomas Bernard Oxenbury [q.v.] and his wife Muriel née Taylor. Helen attended Ipswich School of Art and Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. As a teenager she began working in local theatres and chose to attend a college where she could study set design. At school she met her future husband, author and illustrator John M. Burningham (born 27 April 1936) who was interested in illustration and graphic design. She later followed him to Israel, where she worked as a scenery designer and they married in Samford, Suffolk on 15 August 1964, and they had three children Lucy, William Benedict and Emily Josephine. Helen is an award winning writer and illustrator of at least 50 children's books some in several editions including 'Numbers of Things' (1967), 'ABC of Things' (1972), 'Pig Tale' (1973) and the 'Tom and Hippo' series and has illustrated at least 25 others, her first projects were illustrations for books by Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. They lived at Hampstead, London.

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