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Sydell Waxman's eclectic career has encompassed work as an historical researcher, school librarian, museum lecturer, entrepreneur and writer. Her first book Changing the Pattern: The Story of Emily Stowe the biography of Canada’s first female physician Emily Stowe, was selected for the Our Choice seal from the CCBC and won the Toronto Heritage Award in 1998. Illustrator Patty Gallinger, an Ontario mother of two, is pursuing her love of art by researching and illustrating beatutiful and informative books for children. Past careers include that of book designer and award-winning nature artist.