Children’s Book Illustrator Beth Krush Dies at 90
By Rocco Staino -- School Library Journal, 2/17/2009
Beth H. Krush, best known for collaborating with her husband on illustrations for the American edition of Mary Norton’s The Borrowers series (Puffin 1953-1971), died on February 2 in Bryn Mawr, PA. She was 90.
Krush, who did the illustrations for the 1957 Newbery Medal winner Miracles of Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson (Harcourt) and other children and young adult classics such as Beverly Cleary’s Sister of the Bride (Harper 1963), also illustrated books for numerous children’s authors, including Phyllis Whitney, Rebecca Caudill, and Eleanor Cameron. Early in her career, Harcourt Brace often teamed Krush with Sally Scott, the prolific picture book author of the 1940’s and 1950’s. In 1964 Krush was selected to illustrate the only children’s book written by Eudora Welty, The Shoe Bird (Harcourt).
She is survived by her husband, Joseph, and her son, Jay. The Krushs have lived in Wayne, PA, since 1948.