The Little Fisherman is a milestone in the illustrious career of the legendary Dahlov Ipcar. The book, 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-long 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.
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Margaret Wise Brown wrote more than one hundred children's books, including the beloved classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. She is credited with developing the here and now philosophy of writing for children: She believed children would become more engaged in a story when it was about everyday life that they could relate to rather than fantasies or fairy tales. She often wrote at her island home, The Only House, on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. Her Caldecott Medal-winning book, The Little Island, was based on her Maine retreat. Her prolific career was cut short at the age of forty-two, when she died from complications following surgery. More than fifty years later, her books, some written under pen names, remain favorites of parents and children alike.Review:
"Ipcar has left behind a wonderful and extensive legacy...She produced many enduring children’s books of course, such as Hardcrabble Harvest, The Cat at Night, and Wild and Tame Animals...The disarming fact that Ipcar worked up until her last day calls to mind another hard worker, Big Betty, the one horse of Ipcar’s classic picture book, One Horse Farm...a perfect example of Ipcar’s timeless illustrations, their exquisite palette, quietly expressive figures and sublime backdrops offering an absorbing visual narrative...When I think of Dahlov Ipcar’s legacy many things come to mind, but her concern for personal character and integrity, so deftly and powerfully expressed, are something for which I will always carry a grateful memory."
- from A Farewell to Dahlov Ipcar, Publishers Weekly, Feb. 2017
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Book Description Islandport Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111934031143