Lily ran and jumped and barked and whimpered and growled and wiggled and wagged and licked and snuggled. But not now. It is hard to lose a pet. There is sadness, but also hope—for a beloved pet lives on in your heart, your memory, and your imagination.
I am a painter and illustrator. Over the years I have exhibited many paintings and work in various other media (including cut paper, embroidery, quilts and bread). I have illustrated more than 25 books. I design fabric and make quilts. Although my work flows in many directions, all of the ideas and creations are connected. I like to make things, to read, to draw and to play outside. The work (and play) I do in one area inspires the work and play in others. Ideas beget ideas. I live in Seattle with my husband Joe Max Emminger and our cat Ruby. My cat and I both like looking at birds, although we have different intentions.
Margaret Chodos-Irvine is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor book Ella Sarah Gets Dressed and Best Best Friends. She illustrated Apple Pie Fourth of July and Buzz by Janet S. Wong, Only You by Robin Cruise, and many other highly praised picture books. She lives in Seattle, Washington.