Betsy (Reilly) Lewin spent much of her childhood living in the world of fantasy, heroically racing through the woods as Robin Hood or searching for Pooh's habitat in a tree, under a sign reading "Sanders." On another day, a fallen tree became a pirate's galleon. Such playtime, including tracking fairies and observing nature in the woods and farms around her hometown of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, steered her toward the world of children's literature.
Family activities further directed Lewin's interest to this genre. Her father often entertained Betsy and her brother with his storytelling; and her mother read to them from My Book House
, a twelve-volume set of nursery rhymes and stories for children of all ages.
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