Last weekend I went to a memorial service, a celebration of the life of Marc Simont- the wonderful children’s author and illustrator who passed away this July 13th at age 97. He was a friend of my husband’s family, living in the same town. I only met him once, but that once left a fine impression. He was charming, accessible, engaging and funny. I especially appreciated his humility when he downplayed receiving the Caldecott Honor for The Stray Dog,- that it was “the honor, not the medal.” Ha!
He was an amazing artist.
The service was beautiful and the speakers shared endearing stories that were full of heart and humor and perfectly rounded- just like a good children’s book.
The officiating minister read Mary Oliver’s poem, A Summer Day (aka “the grasshopper poem.) It reflected Marc Simont’s reverence for nature and life.
Here is a video of Mary Oliver reading this short poem: A Summer Day by Mary Oliver.
And please be sure to check out the full Poetry Friday round-up of poems hosted this week by Tara at
A Teaching Life.