NEW YORK (AP) - Marcia Brown, a celebrated illustrator of children's books and three-time Caldecott Medal winner whose worked ranged from the bold strokes of "Once a Mouse" to the more abstract and lyrical sketches of "Cinderella," has died.

NEW YORK (AP) Marcia Brown, a celebrated illustrator of children's books and three-time Caldecott Medal winner whose worked ranged from the bold strokes of "Once a Mouse" to the more abstract and lyrical sketches of "Cinderella," has died.

Brown died April 28 of congestive heart failure at her home in Laguna, California, publisher Simon & Schuster announced Friday. She was 96.

Brown won the Caldecott, the highest honor for children's illustrators, for "Cinderella," ''Once a Mouse" and "Shadow." In 1992, she received a Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime achievement. She is survived by her editor and longtime companion Janet Loranger.

A native of Rochester, New York, she studied art at the New School for Social Research and absorbed the narratives of children's books while working at the New York Public Library.