Cateau de Leeuw

     Cateau De Leeuw was born in Hamilton, Ohio on September 22, 1903—four years after her sister Adele, with whom she collaborated on creative works throughout her life. Her primary interest was in art and after studying at the Metropolitan Art School and the Art Students’ League, she became a professional portraitist, eventually having studios in Paris (where she also studied for a year in 1930), New York City and Plainfield, New Jersey. It was during the economic crisis of the Depression period that she took up book illustration, and was soon illustrating her sister’s books. Before long, Cateau became co-author with Adele on a series of titles, and then, in 1943, began producing works of her own. These various books—as well as their numerous articles and lectures—reflected the many interests of the sisters, especially for history, which had been stimulated and nurtured no doubt by the extensive family travels throughout South America, Europe, Africa and the Near East in the years of their childhood. As their father was Dutch, the interest and flavor of Holland and the Dutch East Indies also influenced their thought and their work. In 1958, Adele and Cateau received a joint citation from their home state from the Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Library Association, for “outstanding work over the years for children.” Cateau De Leeuw died in 1975.,

     She is author of the books Fear in the Forest and One Week of Danger.