MITSUYO "MITZI" IRIYE (author and illustrator of Saya & Sumi) was born in Wakayama-ken, Japan, and attended Musashino Art University in Tokyo. Mitzi immigrated to the United States in the early 1970s, had two children, and continued to paint and draw as a hobby. Today, Mitzi lives with her daughter and her family, including Mitzi's granddaughter, Saya, and, until recently, their dog, Sumi. Inspired by her love of Saya and Sumi and the relationship between the two, Mitzi has created and illustrated a simple but loving story for all ages to enjoy.

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