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book by Simms Taback

“I miss you every day,” repeats the little girl in Simms Taback’s 2007 picture book “I Miss You Every Day.” She decides to get wrapped up as a package and mail herself to this unidentified person she loves.

Ventura resident Taback, 79, will be missed, too, by many girls and boys, as well as family and friends, for the colorful stamp he left on the world of children’s books and illustration.

The Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and writer, whose whimsical work is on display in a career retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County, died Sunday morning at home. According to his stepdaughter, Emily Kuenstler, he had been ill with pancreatic cancer.

Taback’s oeuvre of nearly 50 children’s books includes his most recent, “Postcards from Camp,” published this spring; “Joseph Had a Little Overcoat,” for which he won a Caldecott Award, the “Oscar” for children’s book illustrators; and “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” a Caldecott Honor winner. His books have been New York Times best-sellers, and he won the paper’s Best Illustrated Book Award twice.

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Story reprinted from the http://www.vcstar.com