POLLY'S OATS by Marc Simont
(A Young Yearling Book)

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Once there was a farmer who had three prize horses. He brushed them, he combed their tails, and he fed them oats. But he forgot to feed oats to Polly, his shaggy, lovable workhorse. Poor Polly. Then one rainy, muddy day, the farmer forgets to close the door to his hayloft. Get ready for eye-opening, barn-breaking, and happy (for Polly) results!

About Marc Simont

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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.
Published December 1, 1953 by Faber and Faber. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Fiction

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Polly's owner took fine care of his three prize horses, but to poor tired Polly, with only grass and hay to eat, and often left out in the rain, he gave not a thought, until a happy accident changes the course of Polly's life.

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