Denise Holly Hobbie (née Ulinskas;: 102 born 1944) is an American writer, watercolorist: 127 and illustrator. She is best known for creating the American Greetings character which, originally unnamed, is now also called Holly Hobbie. She also created the Toot & Puddle series of children's books.
Born Holly Ulinskas from Watertown, CT
Hobbie is the author of the popular Toot & Puddle children's books and the creator of the character bearing her name.
In the late 1960s, at the encouragement of her brother-in-law,: 128 Hobbie sold distinctive artwork of a cat-loving, rag dress-wearing little girl in a giant bonnet to American Greetings in Cleveland, Ohio. The artwork, based on Hobbie's own children and with rustic New England style of a bygone era,: 128 became popular, and her originally nameless character (identified earlier as "blue girl") became known as Holly Hobbie.
Toot & Puddle series
Toot & Puddle are best friends, even though Toot likes to travel and Puddle likes to stay at home in Woodcock Pocket.
- Toot & Puddle
- A Present for Toot
- You Are My Sunshine
- Puddle's ABC
- I'll Be Home For Christmas
- Top of the World
- Charming Opal
- The New Friend
- Wish You Were Here
- The One and Only
- Let It Snow
- How Does Your Garden Grow?
- Elmore (2018)
- A Cat Named Swan (2017)
- The night before Christmas (Text by Clement Clarke Moore) (2013)
- Gem (2012)
- Fanny (2008)
- Fanny & Annabelle (2009)
- Everything But The Horse: A Childhood Memory (2010)
- The Art of Holly Hobbie (1980)
- Holly Hobbie's the night before Christmas (1976)
- Brewer, Susan (2010). Collecting Classic Girls' Toys. Remember When. ISBN 9781783375219.
- Brewer, Susan (2013). Famous Character Dolls. Casemate Publishers. ISBN 9781844680948.
- Soligny, Aurélie (21 November 2012). "Inspiration: Holly Hobbie". plumetismagazine.net (in French). Retrieved April 5, 2017.
- "Videos for Kids - National Geographic Kids". Nationalgeographic.com. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2015-04-17.