About the Author
Elinor Lander Horwitz is the author of 14 books for children, young adults, and general audiences and has received several book and journalism awards. Her travel and feature articles on a vast range of subjects appeared for many years in the Washington Post, the Washington Star, The New York Times and a wide range of magazines. Horwitz, who lives in Maryland, has three children and seven grandchildren.
Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) was a renowned children's book author and illustrator who published more than 100 books. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she lived much of her life in Maine and focused often on the culture and landscape of that state, and her artistic style portrayed a rural New England full of peaceful tranquility. A two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, she was the recipient of countless other honors and distinctions, and was declared a Living Treasure of the State of Maine in 1996. She once said, "Of all the books I have done, Miss Rumphius
, Island Boy
, and Hattie and the Wild Waves
are the closest to my heart. These three are as near as I will ever come to an autobiography."
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