About the Author
Eileen Spinellis love of books began at age five, during her first visit to the local public library. I climbed up the steps to the childrens room on the second floor and into a wonderland! Books everywhere . . . I didnt know which book to grab first, she explains. It made no difference to me that I couldnt read. After that, young Eileen visited the library every Saturday with her mother. After a few years of library visits, she knew she wanted to become a writer. Eileen is the author of over thirty-five picture books and novels, including Something to Tell the Grandcows (Eerdmans) and When Mama Comes Home Tonight (Simon and Schuster). She and Mary Newell DePalma collaborated on the book Now It Is Winter (Eerdmans), which was named a Bank Street College Best Childrens Book. Eileen lives in Pennsylvania.
Mary Newell DePalma has written and illustrated several books for children, including The Strange Egg (Houghton Mifflin) and A Grand Old Tree (Scholastic), which received the IRA/CBC Childrens Choice award. Mary lives in Massachusetts.