I was so saddened to read that author /poet /illustrator Andrea Cheng has passed away on December 26, 2015 after a long illness. She was only 57 years old, and although she left two finished manuscripts, I suspect she had a few more books and poems that wanted to be written.
Andrea was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she continued to live. Her parents were Hungarian immigrants and Andrea grew up speaking Hungarian and English; in college, she studied Chinese and later married Jim Cheng, the son of Chinese immigrants, with whom she has three children. Andrea's love of language and different cultures is certainly reflected in the books she wrote, but she was also a teacher, teaching English as a Second Language at Cincinnati State College.
Andrea was a very prolific writer of children's books and she will most certainly be missed.