© 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.