Meri Pashilk had an amazing love of life and an inspirational passion for those in need. Her life was cut short at the age of thirty-five. She wanted the world to know Pearl and would have dedicated this book to her two children, Julia and Thomas.
Katie Butterfield is the step daughter of the author Meri Pashilk. Katie was twelve years old at the time she did the drawings. Meri knew Katie’s talent and potential as an artist and insisted Katie be the illustrator of Pearl. Katie is currently married and living in England with her husband.