About the Author

Jane CutlerJane Cutler (1936-) was born in the Bronx, New York, and, in 1942, when she was six, moved to Clayton, Missouri, then a sleepy suburb of the city of Saint Louis.

In Clayton, Jane went to the Glenridge School where she was encouraged to read, draw, participate in drama and sports, and to do what she loved best: to write.

After she finished junior high and high school in Clayton, Jane went to Northwestern University and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. In 1982, she graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master’s degree in Creative Writing.

And in 1993, she published her first book for children.

What happened in between?

tractorWell, in between she went away and came back. Moved a few times. Got married. Settled in San Francisco. Had three children. Enjoyed them a lot while they grew up. And kept writing.

She wrote almost everything under the sun there is to write – journals and poetry, advertising and publicity, encyclopedias and textbooks, speeches and stories – until she finally learned how to write well enough to write for children, which is what she does now.

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books chose Jane as one of its Rising Stars for 1999, calling her work “tender and thoughtful, humorous and sensitive, but never out of reach,” and likening her books to “warm and cozy houses well worth habitation.”

Both Jane and her books have won various awards.