(1890-1971) and Miska
were an illustrating husband-and-wife team who are most famous for writing and illustrating The Rooster Crows
, a book of American songs, rhymes, and games in the tradition of Mother Goose
, which won the 1946 Caldecott Medal
. Their first book was called Miki
(published 1929) about their son.
Maud was born Maud Fuller
in Kingston, New York
on August 5
. Her family traveled extensively, from Kingston to Sioux Falls, South Dakota
, to Newburg, New York
, and finally to Scranton, Pennsylvania
. She was graduated from Vassar College
in 1912, later studying at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art
. She worked at the International Art Service
, where she met her future husband, Miska Petersham. When Miska died in 1960, Maud sold the Woodstock, New York
, house in which they had lived.
Miska was born Petrezselyem Mikaly
, on September 20
, the son of a carpenter and blacksmith. He moved to London
in 1911 looking for a job. When he didn't find one, he moved to America in 1912 — anglicizing his name to "Petersham" — and obtained a job at the International Art Service, where he met his wife, Maud.