Ralph Redding was raised in Lethbridge Alberta, Canada. After graduating from the public school system, he attended the University of Alberta for both his undergraduate and medical school training. He got additional medical training in London and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He then moved to New England with his family and taught pulmonary medicine at Brown University. He is the author of fifty scientific and medical articles, and this is his first children's book.
The most significant event in his life was the discovery of bone cancer at age thirty-five, which prompted amputation of his left shoulder, arm and some ribs. His survival and recovery spurred him into newer interests such as death education for medical students, and participation in the early development of hospices, both in Miami FL and Tulsa OK where he practiced medicine for fifteen years.
Ralph is now retired in New Bern NC and lives with his wife, Beverlee. Married for 38 years, they share six children between them, and twelve grandchildren. In New Bern, they started a free clinic that provides medical attention and medicines to un-insured low income individuals.
Amelia Wiggins, one of their granddaughters, illustrated this book and is a painter and art museum educator. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art History from Maryland Institute College of Art. In addition to the watercolors in this book, Amelia creates large-scale figurative oil paintings. She loves teaching art and watching children of all ages create and