Ruth Ainsworth cannot remember a time when she wasn't writing. She filled many exercise books with stories when she was a child, and it became a life-long habit. She was in her teens when her first book was published. When she lived in a remote village by the sea with her three little sons, she told them endless stories during their walks, and they told her stories too. "Children find magic in the everyday life of play and family," she says. Her sources for her books lie in that belief. Prudence Seward went to Harrow Art School and then to the Royal College of Art in London. She was awarded the Rome Scholarship in engraving; and on returning to England in 1951, became a freelance illustrator. She has also lived and worked in Canada.