Mary and her granddaughter,
was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing up, she spent
much of her time outdoors, either at
her family home in northern Wisconsin or on vacations to Scotland
and the western United States. During these times, she became aware
of the structure of the natural world and loved learning about the
flora and fauna of the different regions. Mary is inspired by all
elements of nature and brings them to her work with detailed and
In the past, she has also served on several conservation and natural
history boards, including Riveredge Nature Center, Tirimbina Rainforest
Center, and Friends of the Milwaukee Public Museum.
idea for the little owl character in Mary's first children's book,
"Hello Little Owl" came to her when her first grandchild
was on the way. The baby’s gender was to remain a surprise!
And because the family surname, Uihlein, translates loosely to
“little owl” in German, the unborn child was fondly
called their “Little Owl” for the next nine months.
When Emma James was born on September 9, 2012, the first “Hello
Little Owl" story was completed to welcome her into the world
with love,and a sense of self worth and the promise of wisdom.
Since Emma’s birth, Mary has written and illustrated more
“Little Owl” stories -- tales that share entertaining
adventures of Little Owl as she meets new friends and explores
her natural world.
Mary’s stories often draw on her own childhood experiences
growing up in the north woods with her sister and friends and
the very important life lessons they learned while watching the
antics of animals, both domestic and wild --experiences that she
feels helped prepare her for some of the intricacies of human
emotions and the competitive nature of all beings -- whether it
be sadness vs. happiness, rejection vs. acceptance, bullying vs.
kindness, envy vs. self-worth, fear vs.courage, evil vs. good,
hate vs. love, or ignorance vs. wisdom!
her husband, Jamie, now enjoy spending time with their family
in Sarasota, Florida and Land O’lakes, Wisconsin.