Ruth Zarfati (1928 - 2010) was born in Petah Tikva, Israel. She studied drawing and sculpture both in artists’ studios and at Beit Berl College of Art. A well-known children's illustrator, Zarfati illustrated over 60 children's books. She also held many solo exhibitions, among others at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and represented Israel at the Venice Biennale. A number of illustrations for Krabit Travels to the Big City were exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum in 2005. Zarfati was awarded a number of important prizes, among them the Ben-Yitzhak Prize and an Anderson Honor Citation.