Ruth Chew

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Ruth Chew
Born (1920-04-08)April 8, 1920
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died May 13, 2010(2010-05-13) (aged 90)
Castro Valley, California
Cause of death pneumonia
Nationality American
Other names Ruth Silver
Education Western High School (1936)
Occupation children's author, illustrator
Known for The Wednesday Witch
Spouse(s) Aaron B. Z. Silver

Ruth Chew (April 8, 1920 – May 13, 2010) was an American children's author and illustrator of over 30 children's books, most of which were juvenile fantasy. The books were early-reader chapter books and usually centered on magic. Most were published in the 1970s and 1980s by Scholastic Corporation and are currently out of print. However, What the Witch Left and No Such Thing as a Witch were republished in 2013.

Chew was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 8, 1920, and attended the Corcoran School of Art. She later moved to Manhattan to pursue a career as a fashion artist and moved to Brooklyn in 1948. In 1953, she moved into the Brooklyn row house where many of her books are set.[1] She died May 13, 2010 in Castro Valley, California.[2]


Ruth Chew also illustrated children's books by other authors, including The Questers, by Edmund Wallace Hildick, and Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark, by Ann McGovern.

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  1. ^ "About the Author". Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Obituaries: Author Ruth Chew". The Washington Post. 2010-05-16. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 

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