Jean Craighead George was born on July 2, 1919 in Washington, D.C. She received degrees in English and science from Pennsylvania State University. She began her career as a reporter for the International News Service. In the 1940s she was a member of the White House press corps for The Washington Post. During her lifetime, she wrote over 100 novels including My Side of the Mountain, which was a 1960 Newbery Honor Book, On the Far Side of the Mountain, Julie of the Wolves, which won the Newbery Medal, Julie, and Julie's Wolf Pack. She also wrote two guides to cooking with wild foods and an autobiography entitled Journey Inward. In 1991, she became the first winner of the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association's Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature. She died on May 15, 2012 at the age of 92.
Twig C. George spent hours observing dolphins and collecting stories at the Natioanl Aquarium in Baltimore. She is the daughter of Jean Craighead George, and this is her first book for children. Ms. George lives in Cockeysville, MD.Christine Herman Merrill is one of America's foremost animal portrait painters. She has also illustrated Animals Who Have Won Our Hearts and There's an Owl in the Shower, both by Jean Craighead George. Ms. Merrill lives in Baltimore, MD.