A Tree is Nice. Written by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Marc Simont, published by #Harper Brothers in 1956. Marc Simont lives in West Cornwall Connecticut, the town my family and I traveled to every year to spend with my grandmother. The book was published the year I was born! A Tree is Nice won the coveted Caldecott award in 1957. Marc Simont is now 97 years old! Holla holla in the house!