Marjorie Flack was born in 1897. She was an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books, with sixteen titles to her credit. Among her best-loved books were The Story about Ping, illustrated by Kurt Wiese (and made famous by the TV show Captain Kangaroo), and her series of five books about Angus, a lovable pooch, which she both wrote and illustrated. Her book The Boats on the River, illustrated by Jay Hyde Barnum, was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1947. Although Marjorie Flack died decades ago, in 1958, many of her titles remain in print today.