ELIZABETH ORTON JONES, 1910-2005
Illustrator and author Elizabeth Orton Jones was born in Illinois and received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago She studied in France at the Ecole des beaux Artes in Fountainbleau and then in Paris. It was after this time in her life she began writing and illustrating. In 1945 she won the Caldecott Medal for her illustrations in A Prayer for a Child by Rachael Field.
While visiting New Hampshire for business, she fell in love with a quaint little red cottage in Mason built in 1786, and moved to the town soon thereafter. She used her home as the model for the illustrations in Little Red Riding Hood, published by Little Golden Books in 1948. Orton became well-known in Mason as she worked to collect and preserve the history of her beloved town. Most residents came to know her as “Twig,” a character in one of her books.
She died after a brief illness in 2005. The Mason Public Library renamed the Junior Room the Twig Room in her honor.