George MacDonald was one of the most respected authors of his generation in 19th-century Scotland. He wrote over fifty books in his lifetime, and his work has inspired authors ever since, including J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L Engle. Many of his books are considered to be classics of children's literature. Ruth Sanderson has been a professional illustrator since 1975, with over eighty published children's books. She is a long-time member of the Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators, and teaches classes on writing and illustrating children's literature at Hollins University's summer graduate program.