Joan Bodger was the author of many books for both adults and children. In 1948 she studied storytelling at Columbia University, then co-founded the world-renowned Storytellers School of Toronto. Her books include Clever-Lazy, The Forest Family, and How the Heather Looks, a literary travelogue for adults. Joan Bodger was born in California, and lived for many years in Toronto. She died in July 2002. Mark Lang is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and other publications. He has illustrated several children's books, most recently One for Day/One for Night by Irene N. Watts, and Capturing Joy: The Story of Maud Lewis by Jo Ellen Bogart. This is his third collaboration with Joan Bodger. Mark Lang lives with his family in Montreal.