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Edith Holden was born in 1871, one of seven children of a Midlands paint manufacturer. The family lived in the small village of Olton in Warwickshire, and it was there that she wrote and illustrated this book. After attending art school, she worked as an illustrator, and her drawings were published in several books. Tragically, she drowned in 1920, in the Thames at Kew, while gathering buds from chestnut trees.