Beverley Burch and Elspeth Nicol worked together on The Little Cloud in 1959. It was to follow their first children's book, Puku Puku the Little Grey Kiwi. Beverley wrote the words and Elspeth drew the pictures. The manuscript was stored in various homes until discovered by Beverley's daughter, Mary, after her mother's death in 2014. Beverley lived in Eastbourne with her husband, and Elspeth lives there now beside the sea.Beverley and Elspeth were friends for life.