About the author:
Born in Vermont and raised in Greenwich Village, Dahlov Ipcar (1917-2017) summered in Maine after her parents bought a farm on Georgetown Island in 1923. After moving back to Maine from New York City with her husband in 1937, Dahlov Ipcar had almost given up hope on her artistic aspirations. In the early 1940’s a New York publisher contacted her to illustrate a new children’s book The Little Fisherman. Dahlov Ipcar eagerly accepted the offer and thus began her bountiful journey.
Dahlov Ipcar has written and illustrated more than 30 children’s books over the course of her professional career.
About the book:
From harbors and islands to deer and moose, Dahlov Ipcar's Maine Alphabet covers her entire home state of Maine, showcasing her bold, striking signature illustrations of wildlife and coastal scenes. This book is near and dear to Ipcar's heart, serving as a kind of love letter to her home state where she has lived and worked for almost 75 years. Her affection for Maine rings true in each letter, from "A is for animals, wild and free," to W, "for woodlands of wonder for you and for me." In the last illustration, which the 94-year-old artist did especially for this edition, she invites young readers to "Walk in my woods and you will see / X, Y and Z high in a tree."