Elizabeth Orton Jones
Pen Name: None
Born: June 25, 1910 in Highland Park, Illinois
Died: May 10, 2005 in Peterborough, New Hampshire
Elizabeth was born in Highland Park and graduated from the University of Chicago.
Biographical and Professional Information
Elizabeth Orton Jones was an American author and illustrator. She received her Ph.B. from the University of Chicago. Jones also spent some time studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In 1945 Elizabeth moved to Mason, New Hampshire. Jones served to collect and preserve the history of the town in Mason Bicentennial, 1768-1968 a book she edited. She was known there, not by her given name, but by the nickname "Twig", the title character from one of her books. Many Masonians do not know her as anything other than that. On June 25, 2005, the Mason Public Library renamed its Junior Room the "Twig Room" in her honor; a scrapbook of Twig memorabilia is available there.
When the Crotched Mountain Center, a rehabilitation community for disabled children, opened in 1953 in Greenfield, New Hampshire, Jones began an association with the facility that would last for years. This started when she was commissioned to paint several murals for the center, but she soon became much more involved in working directly with the children by encouraging their artistic interests, helping them produce Christmas plays, and serving as a friend and mentor. Jones was presented with the Good Samaritan Award in 2002 from the Pastoral Counseling Services in Manchester, New Hampshire, for her service to children.
Written and Illustrated
- Ragman of Paris and His Ragamuffins, Oxford University Press, 1937
- Minnie the Mermaid, Oxford University Press, 1939 - written with Thomas Orton Jones
- Maminka’s Children, Macmillan, 1940, reissued, 1968.
- Little Red Riding Hood, Simon & Schuster, 1948.
- Twig, Macmillan, 1942, reissued, 1966
- Big Susan, Macmillan, 1947, reissued, 1967
- How Far Is It to Bethlehem?, Horn Book, 1955
- David, Macmillan, 1937 - Story taken from the Bible
- Brownies—Hush!, Oxford University Press, 1938, reissued, Walck, 1966 - written by Gladys L. Adshead
- Scarlet Oak, Macmillan, 1938 - written by Cornelia Lynde Meigs
- Told under the Magic Umbrella: Modern Fanciful Stories for Young Children, Macmillan, 1939, reissued, 1967 - written by the Association for Childhood Education
- Peddler’s Clock, Grosset, 1943 - written by Mabel Leigh Hunt
- Small Rain: Verses from the Bible, Viking, 1943, reissued, 1974 - Edited by Jessie Mae Jones
- Prayers for a Child, Macmillan, 1944, reissued, 1973 - written by Rachel Field
- What Miranda Knew, New York, Oxford University Press, 1944 - written by Gladys L. Adshead
- Prayer for Little Things, Houghton, 1945 - written by Eleanor Farjeon
- Secrets, New York, Viking, 1945 - written by Jessie Orton Jones
- Little Child—The Christmas Miracle Told in Bible Verses, New York, Viking, 1946 - written by Jessie Mae Jones
- This Is the Way: Prayers and Precepts from World Religions, Viking, 1951 - edited by Jessie Mae Jones
- Song of the Sun, Macmillan, 1952 - written by St. Francis of Assisi
- Deep River, Harper, 1955 - written by Howard Thurman
- Lullaby for Eggs, Macmillan, 1955 - written by Elizabeth Bridgman
- To Church We Go, Follett, 1956 - written by Robbie Trent
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Ragman of Paris and his ragamuffins,
Release Date: 1937
Twig: 60th Anniversary Edition
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Release Date: 2002-09
How far is it to Bethlehem?
Release Date: 1955
Prayer for a Child
Release Date: 2005-03-01
Small Rain: 2
Release Date: 1974-03-25
Little Red Riding Hood : A Little Golden Book
Release Date: 1948
Release Date: 1940
PEDDLER'S CLOCK, THE, A Story Parade Picture Book
Release Date: 1943
Brownies -- Hush!
Release Date: 1968
Small Rain: Verses from the Bible
Release Date: 1945
- Small Rain: Verses from the Bible, a book she illustrated in 1944, was chosen as a Caldecott Honor Book.
- Prayer for a Child written by Rachel Field and illustrated by Jones, received the Caldecott Medal in 1945.
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