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Elizabeth Orton Jones

Born: June 25, 1910 in Highland Park, Illinois
Died: May 10, 2005 in Peterborough, New Hampshire

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Elizabeth was born in Highland Park and graduated from the University of Chicago.

Biography: 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.

  • -- ''Small Rain

Primary Audience(s): Children; Children

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Selected Titles

Big Susan /
ISBN: 1930900066 OCLC: 49511482

Purple House Press, Keller, Texas : 2002.

After six weeks of neglect, a family of dolls comes to life on Christmas Eve wondering if they will have a tree or gifts this year from the girl who normally takes such good care of them.

  Caperucita Roja
ISBN: 9682424895 OCLC: 24855785

Trillas, México : ©1988.

A little girl meets a hungry wolf in the forest while on her way to visit her sick grandmother.

Chiisana mono no inori.
ISBN: 9784400750017 OCLC: 751995664


  Deep river;
ISBN: 0804605246 OCLC: 7212

Kennikat Press Port Washington, N.Y., [1969, ©1955]

Prayer for a child /
ISBN: 0689878869 OCLC: 54691968

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York : 2005.

For sixty years children and parents have shared in the joy and inspiration of Rachel Field and Elizabeth Orton Jones's Prayer for a Child. This new edition commemorates the diamond anniversary of the award-winning modern classic's original publication.

  Small rain :
ISBN: 0670050881 OCLC: 3316920

Viking, New York : 1974, ©1971.

This book contains quotes from the King James version of the Bible, and is illustrated with scenes from modern life which small children can recognize and understand.

ISBN: 9781930900455 OCLC: 3253676

Macmillan, New York, 1942.

After magic makes a girl very tiny, she almost goes to fairyland with an elf and a fairy queen whom she meets, but at the last minute she decides to return to her own world which she discovers is not so ordinary after all.

Twig /
ISBN: 1930900058 OCLC: 48991650

Purple House Press, Keller, Tex. : 2001.

After she is made tiny by magic, Twig finds friendship and adventure with Elf, the Fairy Queen, and the Sparrow family.