The World Of Dahlov Ipcar







"I find it hard to explain my art, but then it doesn't really need explanation.
It may seem mysterious or challenging, but all you need to do is to open your
heart to the joy and excitement of a new visual experience, to accept a new
vision of a world full of the unusual, a world of the creative imagination."

Dahlov Ipcar - Seven Decades of Creativity...

Books & Resources Page...

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Never too young for a Dahlov book...
Meet Emma Elizabeth Weidner, 6 months old, parents Jocelyn and Barry Weidner who live in Oreland, PA.





To Order Dahlov's Books ...

April 2014 Book Release

From Flying Eye Books

I Like Animals...

I Like Animals was first printed in 1960 using a hand-picked colour palette and traditional printing techniques. As Dahlov Ipcar's original lithographic plates were lost many years ago, Flying Eye Books has worked to faithfuly restore and reproduce the quality of the original art. Using modern techniques, our restorers have painstakingly picked out the layers of spot colour and re-mastered each brush stroke while keeping the integrity of the line.
I Like Animals has been brought back to life in an edition worthy of the original classic.

ISBN 9781909263253




From Islandport Press

2012 November Book Release

Maine Alphabet
Written and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar
$10.95, Board Book
ISBN: 978-1-934031-87-2
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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." The new art depicts squirrels, chipmunks, deer and birds in and amongst trees whose branches deftly hide the letters X, Y and Z.

Stripes and Spots
Written and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar
$17.95, Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-934031-70-4
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A young tiger sets out on his own to explore and hunt, determined to catch things with stripes. A young leopard sets out on his own to explore and hunt, determined to catch things with spots. And when the two youngsters meet, their adventures more than double!

In this delightful children's book, originally published in 1961, Dahlov Ipcar uses the playful cats to depict the exuberance and innocence of youth. And when danger looms, perhaps they are not as old or as brave as they think they are. Ipcar's incomparable signature artwork has never looked bolder or brighter.


One Horse Farm
written and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar
$17.95, Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-934031-39-1
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A baby and a foal are born on the farm, on the very same day. Together Johnny and Big Betty grow up learning to work through all the farm's seasons, planting, plowing, mowing, cow herding, and ice cutting.

But Betty grows quickly and Johnny grows slowly. By the time Johnny is a big man, Betty is an old horse. When Johnny realizes it's time to replace Betty with a tractor, he must decided what to do with his beloved horse.

One Horse Farm, first published in 1950, tells the story of a boy and a horse who grow up together on a farm and watch the world change around them. It's a book that comes from the heart for legendary Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar, who has lived on a farm in Georgetown, Maine, for more than 70 years. "It was the life I lived," she says.

Farmyard Alphabet
$10.95, Board book
ISBN: 978-1-934031-43-8
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" From apples and barns to vegetables and wood stoves, both the unique text and bold, bright artwork celebrate farm life in Ipcar's inimitable style. Strong proud horses, fat happy pigs and playful kittens will charm toddlers, and Ipcar fans will be delighted to see illustrations from The Wild Whirlwind, Bright Barnyard and Black and White, as well as those from eight other books."


Calico Jungle
written and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar
Hardcover, Illustrated Children's Book
ISBN: 978-1-934031-31-5
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A boy takes a fantastical journey through a jungle landscape on a calico quilt his mother has made for him, encountering calico birds pecking at fruits, calico elephants giving each other shower baths, calico antelope hiding in trees, and more. This is a wonderful Ipcar world full of color and possibility.




Hardscrabble Harvest
written & ilustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

Hardcover, Illustrated Children's Book
ISBN: 978-1-934031-24-7
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Hardscrabble Harvest uses rollicking verse and Ipcar's distinctive illustrations to tell a charming story about the running battle between a farm family and the mischievous animals that plunder their fields. Crows peck at freshly sown seeds, ducks eat new strawberry plants, rabbits nibble on tender lettuces, and raccoons dine on ears of ripening corn.
All summer long the young farmer and his wife are hard-pressed to protect their growing crops. But autumn comes at last, and the family is ready to celebrate its harvest bushels of red tomatoes, a cellar full of apples for cider and pumpkins for pie. Look for a surprise ending!


The Cat At Night
written & ilustrated by Dahlov Ipcar
Hardcover, Illustrated Children's Book
ISBN: 978-1-934031-23-0
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A delightful night-long jaunt with a cat and what he sees at night! The story line is a guessing game you play with your children: silhouette pages invite you to guess where the cat is now, followed by views in full color of what he sees at night.


The Little Fisherman

Story by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrations by Dahlov Ipcar
ISBN: 978-1-934031-14-8
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From Island Port Press: The Little Fisherman is a milestone in the illustrious career of the legendary Dahlov Ipcar. The Little Fisherman, originally published in 1945, was the very first children’s book illustrated by the then-twenty-eight-year-old artist. The book, with its authentic coastal scenes, helped establish her distinctive style and ignited a four-decade creative run that saw her write and illustrate more than thirty children’s books, all from a studio overlooking her farm on Georgetown Island, Maine. The fact that Ipcar’s first book was also written by Margaret Wise Brown only adds to its importance in the world of children’s literature.




My Wonderful Christmas Tree
written & ilustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

ISBN: 978-1-934031-22-3
Children's Picture Book
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Re-issued by From Down East Books (Rowman & Littlefield)
PO Box 679
Camden, Maine 04843
Phone: 800 766 1670 - 207 544 9544


Join a father and son for a day of lobstering on the Maine Coast.
Order from: Down East Books


Brown Cow Farm
(Rowman & Littlefield)
A counting book to 1-100. Guaranteed to keep you and your children busy for weeks on end!

Order from: Down East Books


Out There on the Internet...


Dark Horn Blowing (paperback , reprinted1999)
Teenage to adult...

Special Order @ Amazon

Nightmare and Her Foal and Other Stories
Best for adults - The dark side of Dahlov...

try on-line used book sites

About Dahlov

The Art of Dahlov Ipcar, by Carl Little, Downeast Publications, 2010

Dahlov Ipcar, Artist (Maine Artists for Young Readers Ser. No. 2) Pat D. Reef (out of print)

Used Books

A few web sites deal in used or out of print children's books. The below have listed some of Dahlov's early titles at one time or another. - Used, and Out of Print (the best)

Powell's Books - New, Used, and Out of Print Search for Out of Print and Used Books

A search for "Dahlov Ipcar" at the web site "," produces a number of links which include Dahlov's works - children's publishing as well as Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Gallery & Agent

Frost Gully Gallery
Thomas Crotty
1159 Route 1
PO Box 202
Freeport, ME, 04032

150 Main Street
Thomaston, Maine

Phone: 207 - 865 4505

Literary Agent

McIntosh & Otis, Inc
Christa Heschke
353 Lexington Avenue
N.Y., N.Y. 10017

Phone: 212 - 687 7400

To Order The "Dahlov" Video

Maine Masters Project DVD video about about Dahlov. Now available through Islandport Press

"A rare portrait of my mother's world. Very moving and informative.
" Robert Ipcar

Dahlov Fox & Geese T-Shirt by Liberty Graphicsor

More About Dahlov

Read Dahlov's extended biography "Seven Decades of Creativity" from the Portland Museum of Art Exhibit Catalog of the same name to our biography page.

Some Internet Links

William & Marguerite Zorach Homepage

More Links

Mid Coast Hospital Homepage
Through our healing environment project, we build upon the hospital's natural setting while working with local artists to provide symbols, spaces, and surroundings that join body and spirit, science and healing.

View Dahlov's n mural, "October Woods,"

From The Younger Generation

See Dahlov's Kids Page

Contact Dahlov

What, Dahlov own a computer? She claims that she's too old to learn new technology. While Dahlov's word processor outlived its own manufacturer - Smith Corona - by a good fifteen years, we've managed to wean her onto an i-Mac, though only for so long as we call it a word processor. The next big step is e-mail...

Until then, s
end your comments and queries to my NEW emai laddress :

Bob Ipcar
I'll be happy pass them on to my mom.

In Memory of Adolph Ipcar 1904-12003



Asian version of Cat At Night