© Five Crows, Natick Center / September 2012
Betty Abbott Sheines

Author and Illustrator Betty Abbott Sheines grew up in the Great Smokey Mountains of rural Tennessee, the only girl in a family of five children. In 1946, at the age of 19, she won a full tuition scholarship to the prestigious Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in the School of Art. A brave and independent young woman, Betty moved by herself to New York City.
​After graduating, Betty was hired as the Senior Artist at Flacks Abramsohn Advertising Agency. She went on  to be an award-winning illustrator for The Washington Post taking first place in illustration from the National Newspaper Association in 1979.

The Back Story: The original watercolor for the book's cover was found by the owners of a local art gallery under some laundry in a guest room of the author's home. The rest of the book had been lost for decades until shortly after Betty's death in April, 2012.​​ Her husband, Arnold, remembered that Betty kept her favorite artwork under her grandfather's antique bed and found the portfolio that contained all the 
artwork for this beautiful book.