Item description for Twig by Elizabeth Orton Jones...
Twig was just a plain, ordinary little girl who lived on the fourth floor of a "high sort of house" in the city. The back yard behind that house was Twig's little world. It was a bare little world, with nothing but a dandelion and a stream of drainpipe water to make it beautiful; with nobody but Old Boy, the ice-wagon horse, Old Girl, the cat, and the Sparrows, to keep Twig company.
But one day, out in the alley, Twig found an empty tomato can, with pictures of bright red tomatoes all round it. When it was upside down, it looked like a pretty little house, just the right size for a fairy! Twig stood it upside down next to the dandelion, not far from the stream. And this is the story of what happened in and around that little house one Saturday afternoon.
A story full of magic, full of fun, full of fantasy interwoven with reality, and full of the kind of tenderness which belongs most particularly to the very young. A story both girls and boys will love.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 6.56" Height: 0.77" Weight: 1.17 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2002
Publisher Purple House Press
ISBN 1930900058 ISBN13 9781930900059
Availability 0 units.
More About Elizabeth Orton Jones
Elizabeth Orton Jones, nicknamed Twig more than fifty years ago, was born on June 25, 1910 in Highland Park, Illinois. In the 1940s she moved to a house in Mason, New Hampshire bought with her first royalty check from TWIG. She lived there for more than sixty years.
Twig's childhood dolls and dollhouse were memorialized in Big Susan, these dolls, their furniture and a replica of her dollhouse are on display in the Highland Park Illinois Historical Society. The miniature living room furniture and rug were handmade by Twig's Grandmother Orton. The original dollhouse was purchased secondhand for seven dollars by Twig's mother, Jessie Orton Jones, as a gift for her young daughter. It was given away when Twig was a grown woman, being seven and a half feet long it took up too much space in the attic. Many years later Twig's physician, Dr. Robert Wellwood, built the replica dollhouse by taking measurements from the illustrations in Big Susan.
Twig wrote and illustrated more than 20 books for children, in 1945 she won the Caldecott Medal for Prayer for a Child.
Elizabeth Orton Jones lived in Mason Mason, in the state of New Hampshire. Elizabeth Orton Jones was born in 1910 and died in 2005.
and I thought I was the only person that knew about this book...... Mar 23, 2007
That's because I was given this book 64 years ago when I was six years old! (It was originally published in 1942.)I just looked it up on this site.com thinking I might find another used copy in better condition than mine and I find that Twig still lives on in the lives of a new generation of children!
The story is charming but it is the illustrations that make the story come alive. No credit is listed for an illustrator so perhaps the author did them herself? The drawings are mostly in black and white but a few are touched with color.
The story is that of Twig, a little girl who meets a tiny boy in her backyard. Through magic she shrinks down to size of the boy named Elf. Elf is actually a Brownie who has flown in on the back of a sparrow. Twig and Elf set up housekeeping in an upturned tomato can and furnish it with a table (a thimble and a bottle top,) a mirror (a shiny gum wrapper) and a broom (a feather). I have to say that not a lot happens in this book. No violence or bloodshed, and not even any enemies for Twig and Elf to fight. This is a gentle story and yet an enduring one.
Every household with children should have a copy of this book!
A Wonderful Surprise! Jan 18, 2007
My daughter got a copy for her birthday and wasn't that intrigued, maybe because of the cover picture. But the story was absolutely wonderful and having been to NYC made it even more special. We just bought a copy to give a younger friend because we loved it so much. It is a wonderful tribute to the imagination and wonder in the simplest of lives. Very special for adults and children alike!
Twig Jun 1, 2006
I read this book over 40 yeras ago and have never forgotten it. It drew me into a world of wonderment. I just obtained a new copy for myself as a grandma. I will read it again and again with my grandchildren. This author was magical!
Wonderful Story! Mar 2, 2006
This story was recommended to me by a Kindergarten teacher. A little girl's backyard comes to life with talking animals and fairies. The story is a pleasant look into our childhood imagination! Highly recommended for all!
Pure magic! Oct 10, 2005
My six year old daughter who loves all things magical but nothing scary, just loved this book. Her little face had an ear-to-ear grin when Twig became small and especially when the fairy queen appeared. The story works on many levels and led to a rather philosophical discussion about whether or not it was really a dream that Twig had. I highly recommend this book. It's a sweet story with basic, old-fashioned, comfortable characters.