About the author
Emily Stoh first became interested in writing as a child. She was shy, and a pen was a good way to express herself without drawing too much attention. Emily especially liked the creativity involved in writing and was encouraged after winning several local writing contests. She had taken writing classes in college and tried her hand at other genres, romance, and historical fiction, when it was suggested to her that she create a children's book. The first-time author embraced the idea of writing her own series. Since elephants are her favorite animals, she felt that a little elephant named Roger would be the perfect subject for her debut title in her imaginative new picture book series for children 4-8. The story of Roger learning to paint came naturally as she watched her daughter learn to draw. She is excited to continue the series with other adventures her spider and elephant can get into. Emily recently graduated from Mt. San Jacinto College in San Jacinto, California where she earned an AA in Communications and Humanities; and an AA in Science and Math.
About the Illustrator
Longtime Hemet Valley resident, publisher, illustrator and award-winning artist, Judy Stoh has dabbled in drawing and painting most of her life, taking art classes in high school, and completing one year of industrial drawing. As a foreign language specialist, she enjoyed a 20-year career as a dedicated kindergarten teacher, instructing Spanish-speaking English language learners. Judy often used drawing to convey the meaning of words that she didn’t know in Spanish, and also trained her students to draw simple pictures and to mix colors. She continued to paint as a hobby, working primarily in oil on canvas and with sculpture and casting. She was about to retire from teaching, when her daughter Emily, who had been studying creative writing, asked her to illustrate a children’s book that she had written. With her experience in teaching young children, she knew the text told an excellent story, and set to work immediately on her sketches for the book. Mrs. Stoh joined the Hemet Valley Art Association in August 2008, and signed up for a watercolor class with Barbara Parish to improve her skills.