John Cech is a professor of English at the University of Florida where he is the Director of the Center for Children's Literature and Culture. He was the creator, producer, and host of the daily public radio programme "Recess!" about the cultures of childhood. John has written seven books in the Classic Fairy Tale Collection for Sterling, in addition to retellings of Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Martin Jarrie, and The Nutcracker, illustrated by Eric Puybaret. Bernhard Oberdieck has illustrated numerous books and enjoys international acclaim. He uses a variety of media - including colored pencils, pastels, and acrylics - to create fine, detailed work. Bernhard is also an avid collector of children's picture books.