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Renee Riva has been writing humorous stories about animals ever since she was a child. A former greeting card writer as well as a speaker for women’s groups, Renee has written for Guideposts and Catholic Family Magazine. She shares her secrets for story starters at Young Author events, helping to spark the imagination of young minds. Renee and her husband, Gary, live in Gig Harbor, Washington, with their three daughters, and any stray critters that happen to wander onto their property.

Steve Björkman has been creating illustrations for greeting cards, magazines, and advertising for more than twenty-five years. He has illustrated more than seventy children’s books, including Good Night, Little One and The Flyaway Kite. The first book he illustrated, Aliens for Breakfast, won the Texas Bluebonnet Award and was made into a TV movie. Steve and his wife are the parents of three children, and they live in Irvine, California, with a dog, a cat, and a desert tortoise who is always looking for a way to sneak out of the yard.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Boats and boating -- Fiction.
Belongings, Personal -- Fiction.
Contentment -- Fiction.
Rats -- Fiction.
Venice (Italy) -- Fiction.
Italy -- Fiction.
Stories in rhyme.