The vibrant colors of Trina’s illustrations in Green Bean! Green Bean! entice readers to follow a precocious gardener and her beans through the seasons, from planting to harvest. Trina says her favorite way to eat green beans is “Szechwan style with lots of ginger, garlic, and chili peppers!” She began to mark her life around the cycles of the growing season when she and her husband, Nikos, lived next to an organic farm. They now live in the Sierra Nevadas of northern California. Trina’s tried growing green beans there, but hasn’t had much success—beans just don’t grow well under the tall pines that surround their home. Trina has illustrated two other books for Dawn Publications: Molly’s Organic Farm, about life on the farm as experienced by a lovable orange cat, and On Kiki’s Reef, about a green sea turtle and the amazing creatures who share her coral reef. When not creating vibrant watercolor paintings, Trina enjoys biking to the elementary school where she teaches, skiing in the mountains near her home, and playing with her trio of lovable pets.