I had the great honor of meeting Barbara in 2011, when I attended the Plum Creek Literacy Festival in Nebraska. She was highly amused at my pocket pacy project and was warm and funny and kind, just like her books. At the time, I was thinking about starting a podcast where I'd interview legendary children's book authors and asked if she'd consider being interviewed in the future. She agreed heartily, but Rain Dragon arrived and extra projects like the podcast were postponed...and I sincerely regret that now we will never have that conversation.
At least I can comfort myself with her lovely books.