1938 - ?

Helen Oxenbury

Helen Gillian Oxenbury, was born at Ipswich on 2 June 1938, daughter of Thomas Bernard Oxenbury [q.v.] and his wife Muriel Helen née Taylor (1915-2004). Helen attended Ipswich School of Art and as a teenager, began working in local theatres and selected the college where she could study set design which was the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London where she met her future husband, author and illustrator John M. Burningham (born 27 April 1936). Helen later followed him to Israel, where she worked as a scenery designer and they married in Samford, Suffolk on 15 August 1964, and have 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. She lived at Hampstead, London.

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