About the Authors
Illana Barran was inspired to write this musical adaptation of the classic Gingerbread story while singing to her young daughter. Rather than simply reading her stories, she developed tunes and sung them. Her daughter would smile; her eyes would light up; looking forward to a song. Thus, every story became a lullaby at anytime, when a soothing remedy was needed. When Illana is not writing short stories and poetry in her Connecticut home, she enjoys sports, photography, painting, cooking for family and friends and travelling with her husband and children. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, and GCE O'Levels from Oxford and Cambridge.
Aaron was inspired by his grandfather, Paul Liebskind, to write this short story. Aaron did not know Paul very well but, grew to know him through the eyes, ears and voices of his family. He learned that Paul was only seven years old when he fled Germany and was in hiding in Belgium during the Holocaust. He learned that Paul's oldest brother, Kalman, went off to work one day and never returned. He learned that Kalman gave his last breath during the death march. Aaron's knowledge in Judaism captures the heart and mind to bring out this inspiring story, which exemplifies Paul's character and courage.
Aaron is a martial artist, who has achieved his 2nd Degree Black Belt in the discipline of Tae Kwon Do. He is an athlete who competes in swimming and tennis. Aaron loves history, archaeology, and enjoys hunting for fossils. Aaron is a 12 year old 7th grade student, who lives with his family in Connecticut.