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.
What a delightful romp of a book! Thought provoking in a light hearted way, and love the illustrations.Published 3 months ago by PSW
I love this book and so does my two and a half year old. He likes the underwear pages best and likes to identify all the instruments.Published 4 months ago by L. Morgan
I bought this book for my 28 year old son and my 10 year old granddaughter. I used to read this to my son when he was little and now my granddaughter plays the viola and she has... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 7 months 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 8 months 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 17 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 20 months ago by Charles B. Schudson