The Stray Dog: A Caldecott Honor Award Winner

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8.8 X 10.7 X 0.4 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

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 L'Illustration, 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 children's 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 won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss's The Happy Day, and in 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 Simont's art is in collections as far afield at the Kijo Picture Book Museum in Japan, but the honor he holds most dear is having been chosen as the 1997 Illustrator of the Year in his native Catalonia. Mr. Simont and his wife have one grown son, two dogs and a cat. They live in West Cornwall, Connecticut. Marc Simont's most recent book is The Stray Dog.


"Really splendid artwork...pure Simont...The sentiments are equally direct and elegant, with generosity and affection?.A winner."--"Kirkus Reviews""This picture book has all the earmarks of a classic...Overarching shape, knowledge of audience, small details--Simont gets it all right." --Starred Review, "The Horn Book""Simont's art and narrative play off each other strategically, together imparting the tale's humor and tenderness...A charmer."--Starred Review, "Publishers Weekly""With the tenderness found in his illustrations for Betsy Byars' "My Brother, Ant (1996)," Simont tells a picture-book story of a happy family and a stray."--"Booklist""Replete with lively city and country outdoor scenes and a glorious doggy bubble bath, "The Stray Dog" is a showcase for Simont's considerable artistic talent."--Starred Review, "School Library Journal" "Simont's art possesses its usual deceptive ease and friendly watercolor fluidity. . . . will have pooch-loving kids investigating every park with hope and determination.""Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books