The late P.I. Maltbie admired Mark Twain since she was in elementary school--especially as they shared a love of both writing and animals. After Priscilla wrote her first children's picture book, Picasso and Minou, she did some digging and found out about the real Bambino's leap into the newspaper headlines in 1905—and so Bambino and Mr. Twain was born. Priscilla also authored Claude Monet: The Painter Who Stopped the Trains.