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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Pierre Probst (1913-2007)

Pierre Probst, the French author and illustrator best known as the creator of Caroline, a feisty 7-year-old, and her animal friends, died in Suresnes, France, on 12 April, aged 93.

Caroline was based on his own daughter and first appeared in Une Fête chez Caroline in1953. Probst went on to write over 40 more of her adventures as Caroline and her pets travel around the world. A number of these were published in Britain and the USA helping the books towards a sale of 38 million worldwide. Probst also illustrated a number of books by Enid Blyton, including the 'Little Gift Book' series of translated stories in 1954.

Obituaries: The Independent (21 April).
Other useful pages: Loganberry Books, Heather's Blyton Pages.

Books (UK only)
Caroline Goes to Sea (Caroline à la mer). London & Glasgow, Collins, 1954.
Caroline to the Rescue. 1959.
Tim Rabbit. London, Golden Pleasure Books, 1963.
Caroline and Her Friends (contains A Camping Holiday, The Journey to the North Pole, A Trip Round Europe, At the Ranch, Winter Sports). London, Hamlyn (Golden Pleasure Books), 1964.
Caroline at the Seaside (Caroline à la mer), translated by Jane Carruth. London, Collins, 1972.
Caroline's Circus (Caroline au cirque), translated by Jane Carruth. London, Collins, 1972.
Caroline's Party, translated by Jane Carruth. London, Collins, 1972.
Caroline's Wonderful Journey (Caroline à travers les âges), translated by Jane Carruth. London, Collins, 1972.
Caroline's Grand Tour (Caroline en Europe), translated by Jane Carruth. London, Collins, 1973.
Caroline's Winter Holiday (Caroline aux sports d'hiver), translated by Jane Carruth. London, Collins, 1973.

Illustrated Books (UK only)
Little Gift Books, translated by Enid Blyton. London & Sydney, Hackett's, 12 vols., 1954.
__Bimbo the Little Kitten. 1954.
__Gerry the Little Giraffe. 1954.
__Three Little Lions. 1954.
__Scamp. 1954.
__Bruiny and His Brothers. 1954.
__Scamp Goes on Holiday. 1954.
__Pippi the Little Panther. 1954.
__Bimbo and His Cousin. 1954.
__Bimbo and Blackie. 1954.
__Bob the Little Jockey, 1954.
__Scamp and Caroline. 1954.
__Patapouf's Circus. 1954.
Bimbo and Blackie Go Camping by Enid Blyton. London & Glasgow, Collins, 1955.
Bobs by Enid Blyton. London & Glasgow, Collins, 1955.
Christmas with Scamp and Bimbo by Enid Blyton. London & Glasgow, Collins, 1955.
Scamp at School by Enid Blyton. London & Glasgow, Collins, 1955.
Sooty by Enid Blyton. London & Glasgow, Collins, 1955.
Away Goes Sooty by Enid Blyton. London & Glasgow, Collins, 1955.
What Shall I Be? by Enid Blyton. London & Glasgow, 1955.
Scamp Goes to the Zoo by Enid Blyton. London, Sandle's Picture Story Books, 1958.
The Colourful World of Birds (Das bunte Vogelreich) by Jean Pierre Dorsst. London, Paul Hamlyn, 1963.
The Colour Book of Nature by Mary Refoy. Feltham, Odhams, 1970.
Nature Through the Year (La Nature) by Henri Leclercq, translated by Maureen Hornsey. London, Methuen, 1972.
The Days of Knights and Castles (Au temps des chevaliers et des chateaux forts) by Pierre Miquel, translated & adapted by Penny Davies. London, Hamlyn, 1980; also translated as Knights and Castles, London, Dragon, 1984.
Mountain Animals (Dans les montagnes) by Michel Cuisin, translated by Anne-Marie Moore, edited by Michael Chinery. London, Ward Lock, 1980.
Ancient Egypt (Au temps des anciens égyptiens) by Pierre Miguel. London, Dragon, 1984.

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