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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elizabeth Orton Jones  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: June 25, 1910 in Highland Park, Illinois

Died: May 10, 2005 in Peterborough, New Hampshire

-- Elizabeth Orton Jones on Horn Book Reminiscences --
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-- Elizabeth Orton Jones on Ortakales Website --
-- Elizabeth Orton Jones on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

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.


Small Rain

Selected Titles At Your Library

Big Susan /
ISBN: 1930900066. OCLC Number: 49511482

Purple House Press,. .

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 Number: 24855785

Trillas,. .

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 Number: 751995664

Shinkyoshuppansha.. .

Deep river;
ISBN: 0804605246. OCLC Number: 7212

Kennikat Press. .

Prayer for a child /
ISBN: 0689878869. OCLC Number: 54691968

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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 Number: 3316920

Viking,. .

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 Number: 3253676

Macmillan,. .

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 Number: 48991650

Purple House Press,. .

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