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Marc Simont dies at 97; award-winning children's book artist

Marc Simont dies at 97; award-winning children's book artist

Marc Simont, an award-winning children's book illustrator whose drawings and watercolors brought poignancy and gentle wit to works by such well-known authors as Margaret Wise Brown, Ruth Krauss and James Thurber, died July 13 at his home in Cornwall, Conn., after a short illness. He was 97. His death was confirmed by his son, Marc Dalton ("Doc") Simont. A French-born artist who immigrated to America as a child, Simont illustrated more than 100 books, including "A Tree Is Nice" (1955) by Janice May Udry, which won a Caldecott Medal, one of the highest honors in children's literature. Also an author, he both wrote and illustrated several books, including...

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