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Remembering Dahlov Ipcar

Dahlov Ipcar (1917-2017)

We said goodbye to a favorite artist and author this year. Maine artist/author Dahlov Ipcar wrote and illustrated more than thirty children's books, starting with her illustrations for The Little Fisherman (by Margaret Wise Brown) in 1945. As a child, Dahlov summered in Maine with her parents, the famed sculptor William Zorach and artist Marguerite Zorach, on a Georgetown Island farm. Dahlov and her husband,  Adolph Ipcar, moved in 1937 to live permanently on Georgetown Island. A prolific career followed that saw her write and illustrate more than thirty children's books.

In 2001, Dahlov received The Katahdin Award, a lifetime achievement award from the Maine Library Association, and in 2010, she was awarded the New England Independent Booksellers Association's prestigious President's Award for her outstanding contribution to arts and letters.

Following are a selection of available books by and about Dahlov Ipcar.

Dahlov Ipcar is best known for her vibrant collage-style paintings of jungle and farm animals. This clearly evident love of animals is due in part to the summers she spent with her family in Maine. In 1923 the Zorach family (her parents were the famous artists William and Marguerite Zorach) bought a farm at Robinhood Cove in Georgetown, Maine.

This third board book from Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar contains an original illustration done especially for this edition, her first new children's book illustration in more than twenty years.

Lobsterman tells the story of a day in the life of a lobsterman's son, working alongside his father.

For the first time in more than twenty years, legendary Maine artist and author Dahlov Ipcar has a new book. Dahlov Ipcar's Farmyard Alphabet is her first board book, pairing her fresh, original verses with timeless illustrations from eleven of her books, many of which are out of print.

From the snowy, wintery window of her art studio, Dahlov Ipcar sees a wild and wondrous world. With vivid imagination and vibrant colors, she captures a lively part of the Christmas season at her farm in Maine. From one shining star that graces the top of a living outdoor tree, she envisions many captivating creatures of the field and forest that come to visit.

It's a rare and exciting event when two giants of children's literature work on a book together in their careers. The Little Fisherman is one of those books.

It's a rare and exciting event when two giants of children's literature work on a book together, and The Little Fisherman is one of those books.

Join the farmer's cat on his fascinating nighttime journey through fields, farms, forests, and even the city to see what only he can see after the sun sets. Legendary artist Dahlov Ipcar mesmerizingly alternates between dark night scenes and vivid color to deliver a beautifully illustrated children's classic.

Take a journey to the bottom of the sea with the gentle merman farmer who tends fanciful fields of sea cucumbers and sea beans with the help of his two seahorses. He must defend his cowfish and sea hens from fierce sea lions and tiger sharks, and free any sea creatures caught in traps or nets dropped from above.

This is the second board book from Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar, following last year's Dahlov Ipcar's Farmyard Alphabet. The book draws on illustrations from ten of Ipcar's previous children's books, most of which are out of print, as well as some of her fine art paintings.

A mother gives her little boy a handmade quilt, but it's more than just a quilt. It's a whole world where fantastical animals run, hide, swim, and frolic in a calico jungle. The boy enters this wild landscape and travels through it.

Sometimes, you need to know what to look for in order to see an animal, even if it's hiding in plain sight In Animal Hide and Seek, author and artist Dahlov Ipcar first offers young readers portraits of woodland animals and then, on the companion page, sets the animal into its natural setting, camouflaged for the careful reader to find.

When grandfather was a little boy, the world was full of horses: pulling fancy carriages, galloping in front of a stage coach and charging into battle. But to keep you from feeling sad because the world is no longer full of horses, Dahlov Ipcar also shows you where they are this minute--because people love them.

From the first gawky little eohippus of 50 million years ago to his thoroughbred descendants of today, here is a book about all kinds of horses--whether thundering into battle beneath an armor clad knight, prancing before carriages, plodding around cornfields pulling plows, or racing for kings, they spring to life on every page.

A young boy scatters golden kernels of corn to feed the birds of the barnyard, and watches in delight as the birds of the farm parade before him to get to their meal. From fat speckled hens, to drakes with black velvet heads, even his runaway white rabbits, they all join the feasting throng.