Aaron Shepard has been fascinated by this story since childhood. He is the author of many folktales, including The Sea King's Daughter: A Russian Legend, The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale, The Maiden of Northland: A Hero Tale of Finland, and most recently, The Princess Mouse: A Tale of Finland. He lives in the Los Angeles area. Leonid Gore moved to the United States from his native Russia in 1991. He has illustrated many children's picture books, and lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn.