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, who was interested in illustration and graphic design. She later followed him to Israel, where she worked as a scenery designer. She married in Samford, Suffolk on 15 August 1964, author and illustrator John M. Burningham (born 1936) and they had three children Lucy, William Benedict and Emily Josephine. She is and award winning and writer and illustrator of at least 50 children's books including in several editions '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.

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