H. J. Arrington has been involved in education since she
began tutoring at the age of fifteen. She enjoys sharing the joy of literature
and language. This tale, her first children’s picture book, teaches critical
thinking and problem-solving skills as it discusses friendship and betrayal.
An accomplished storyteller and dramatic reader, Dr.
Arrington says, "This book evolved from the telling of one of my favorite
and most requested tales. When I’d do presentations, the story was very well
received." She was also an author of the 1995 Heath Literacy reading series
and currently consults with schools and organizations, both privately and
through The National Faculty. She provides workshops and lectures on
storytelling, integrated language arts, and effective instructional strategies.
Dr. Arrington is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the
University of Kentucky. Prior to that she supervised Reading K-12 and Elementary
Language Arts for the public school system in Newport News, Virginia. She
received her B.S. in elementary education from Virginia State University; an
M.A. in reading education from Ohio State University; and a Ph.D. in
instructional research and development from Purdue University. She is an active
member of the International Reading Association (IRA), National Middle School
Association (NMSA), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD),
the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Kentucky Reading