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The Stray Dog Many young children love picture books because they dont have to worry about reading and comprehending so many words Instead they can just look at the pictures and make up a story of their own since pictures tell a thousand words That is exactly what Marc Simont does in The Stray Dog illustrations His pictures tell a thousand words Marc Simont was born in 1915 in Paris His parents were from the Catalonia region of Spain and his childhood was spent in France Spain and the United States Encouraged by his father Joseph Simont an artist and staff illustrator for the magazine LIllustration Marc Simont drew from a young age Though he later attended art school in Paris and New York he considers his father to have been his greatest teacher When he was nineteen Mr Simont settled in America permanently determined to support himself as an artist His first illustrations for a childrens book appeared in 1939 Since then Mr Simont has illustrated nearly a hundred books working with authors as diverse as Margaret Wise Brown and James Thurber He has illustrated such classics as Karla Kushins The Philharmonic Gets Dressed James Thurbers The 13 Clocks and Marjorie Weinman Sharmats Nate the Great He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krausss The Happy Day and in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry Internationally acclaimed for its grace humor and beauty Marc Simonts art is in collections as far as the Kijo Picture Book Museum in Japan but the honor he holds most dear in having been chosen as the 1997 Illustrator of the year in his native Catalonia Mr Simont and his wife live in West Cornwall Connecticut with one grown son two dogs and a cat Marc Simonts newest book is The Stray Dog which took him fifteen years to find
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