Sandy Lynne Holman received her M.S. degree in School Counseling from California State University, Sacramento in 1991. She is the director of the Culture CO-OP, an organization she started to assist those who are working with diversity in education, business and the community. Sandy's experiences as a counselor, prevention coordinator and consultant for the past several years have given her a practicioner's insight into the challenges diverse communities and organizations are facing and a strong commitment to advocacy for children.
Sandy was inspired to write this story following her experiences with children in schools. Some of the African American children would comment on how much they disliked the color black and their own dark skin. Sandy dedicates this book to those and other children and to the memory of her grandparents, Rufus and Willie Lee.
Lela Kometiani graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Georgia, with a degree of M.A. in Graphic Design. She has illustrated over 10 children's books: Georgian, Russian and European. This is her first children's book published in the United States. Lela, an award winning artist, has shown her work in various art venues including one solo exhibition. Some of her work is done using a combination of water color and ink as are the illustrations in this book.
Lela dedicates this work to the memory of her grandmother, Tamara.