Uk-Bae Lee was born in Yongin, South Korea, in 1960 and studied art at Hongik University. In 1986 he joined a group of artists whose murals, cartoons, and woodcuts represented the voice of the poor. He recentl held free painting classes for factory workers. Later, inspired to creat this book for his own young daughter, he stoppe his career as a children 's book illustrator. In 2010 he published When Spring Comes to the DMZ as a part of Peace Picture Book Project by illustrators from Korea, China, and Japan. Since then he has often talked to groups of children and parents about how individuals can work for peace. He lives in rural Korea with his father, who is lso a children 's book write, and their parent.
Well known in Korea, Uk-Bae Lee is an award-winning illustrator. In 1999, his first picture book, Sori 's Harvest Moon Day, was published in English and in 2009 he was persuade to the Bologna Children 's Book Fair as a guest of honor. In 2010 his picture book A Tale of Tales was chosen by the International Board on Books for Young People for its IBBY Honour List.