Sydell Waxman's eclectic career has encompassed work as an historical researcher, school librarian, museum lecturer, entrepreneur and writer. Her first book Changing the Pattern: The Story of Emily Stowe the biography of Canadaâ€™s first female physician Emily Stowe, was selected for the Our Choice seal from the CCBC and won the Toronto Heritage Award in 1998.
Doraâ€™s father owns a dressmaking shop in the bustling garment district of Toronto in the 1940s. Every day after school, ten-year-old Dora runs to help her father in the shop. As she works, she dreams of being a designer herself and dressing the soberly attired mannequins in her own beautiful creations. In Doraâ€™s imaginings, the mannequins seem to urge her on in her fantasy as Doraâ€™s busy father pays scant attention to daughterâ€™s activities. One late afternoon after the shop has closed and while her father is working at his desk, Dora begins dressing up the mannequins. She uses remnants of bright cloth, ribbons and buttons that she finds lying around the shop floor, adding a bright scarf here and a sequin covered hat there. When her father suddenly decides theyâ€™ve stayed long enough, Dora is forced to leave her gaily dressed mannequins in the window, with very unexpected results.
Illustrator Patty Gallinger, an Ontario mother of two, is pursuing her love of art by researching and illustrating beatutiful and informative books for children. Past careers include that of book designer and award-winning nature artist.