Helen Aberson-Mayer (June 16, 1907 – April 3, 1999) was an American children's book author.
Aberson-Mayer was best known for co-authoring the story that inspired Walt Disney's 1941 film Dumbo. In collaboration with her then husband, Harold Pearl, Aberson-Mayer wrote Dumbo the Flying Elephant and sold it to Roll-A-Book, the publisher of a kind of novelty toy, although no copies of this original version have been found. The story was later published as a children's book.
Aberson-Mayer may have also authored several other children stories, but they were never published.
Early life and education
Aberson-Mayer was born on June 16, 1907 in Syracuse, New York. Her parents were Anna and Morris Aberson. Her father is listed in city directories as a cigar maker in 1914 and as a grocer in 1930. Her parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants.