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The Art of Symeon Shimin with Tonia Shimin

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The Art of Symeon Shimin with Tonia Shimin

Symeon Shimin, noted artist and illustrator of children’s books, was born in Astrakhan, Russia on the Caspian Sea in 1902. His family immigrated to the United States ten years later, living in
two small rooms behind their delicatessen in Brooklyn, New York.

Early in his career, Shimin painted large scale posters for Hollywood films, including creating the original poster for the film Gone With the Wind. Shimin's well known award-winning work in children's books began in 1950. Subsequently he illustrated 57 books for children, including two that he also authored. In 1973-1974 he won two Christopher Awards for Gorilla, Gorilla and A New Baby a New Life. He died in 1984 in New York City.

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