Ann Whitford Paul was a social worker before becoming a writer. Kirkus Reviews called her text for Manana Iguana clever and said it is an excellent chance for young readers ... to learn some Spanish vocabulary. Ann Whitford Paul writes poetry, picture books, and easy readers for children. Some of the picture books she wrote are "The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork," "All by Herself," and "Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet." She lives in southern California.