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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elizabeth Orton Jones  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: June 25, 1910 in Highland Park, Illinois

Died: May 10, 2005 in Peterborough, New Hampshire

-- Elizabeth Orton Jones on Horn Book Reminiscences --
-- Elizabeth Orton Jones on University of Oregon Website --
-- 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.

Published Works

    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, 1955Books Illustrated
  • 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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Twig /
ISBN: 1930900058. OCLC Number:

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.

Big Susan /
ISBN: 1930900066. OCLC Number:

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.

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

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 Number:

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.


  • Small Rain