Karla Kuskin wrote more than fifty books for children, including the Philharmonic Gets Dressed, Green as a Bean, and Moon, Have You Met My Mother She was the winner of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry, among other honors. And once, long ago, may have given her son a woolly red hat.
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.
I simply adore this book! It was purchased in anticipation of reading it to my grandson, though he is a bit too young for it at present. Read morePublished 20 days ago by J. F.
Very fun little book that answers at least a few of my questions at the Symphonie: where do all these people come from? Where do they live? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maman Bear Two Cubs
This is a really fun book that I remembered from my childhood and now my daughter loves it too. It's not very dated except perhaps for the color scheme. Read morePublished 10 months ago by groundhog!
A generation after treating our children to this classic, we are sharing it with our grandchildren. It's also a wonderful gift for many friends and Suzuki music families we visit... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Charles B. Schudson
Delightful for kids of all ages. It opens the eyes of children as to how the musicians prepare for a concert.Published 21 months ago by Joan H. Robert
This book was a favorite for all three of my now-20's-aged children while growing up - all of them very bright but none of us musically inclined. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by kathy Milwaukee
I received this gift from my orchestra profesor as a child. I read and re-read it night after night. Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by Rigel Escobar
There are three things I really like about this book: (1) I like the idea of a story that shows children that some people go to work at night, to entertain other people who have... Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Ohioan