Johanna Spyri was born in 1827 in Hirzel, Switzerland. In 1852, she moved to Zurich. Heidi is by far her most well known story. Published throughout the world, it has inspired more than twenty film or television productions, a musical drama, and a tourist area Heidiland in Switzerland. Johanna Spyri died in 1901.
Maja Dusikova was born in Piestany, Czechoslovakia, and now
lives in Florence, Italy. She is one of the most celebrated
children s book illustrators in Europe.