Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Simms Taback

It's Illustration Tuesday. Simms Taback won a Caldecott honor medal for his version of There Was An Old Lady. Later he won the Caldecott gold medal for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. In an interview he gave after he won that award, he tells about his early art experience, how he pursued art as a career, and how he succeeded. He said, "A lot of people are talented, but not many take it seriously enough or work at it. I applied myself seriously over a long time. It took persistence. An essential part of being an artist is finding ways of supporting one's self. You just have to keep at it." Read all the interesting things he had to say, including advice for people interested in writing for children, here. Another rich perspective on Taback is given in an article in the Horn Book written by a friend who shared a studio with him for many years here. Enjoy learning more about this inventive artist.

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