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. The Maine wildlife and coastal scenes are near and dear to her heart, and this new book serves as a kind of love letter to her home state where she has lived and worked for almost seventy-five years, where, as she writes, A is for animals, wild and free, and W is for woodlands of wonder for you and for me.
In a career spanning more than three-quarters of a century, Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar has written and illustrated more than thirty children's and young adult books, starting with The Little Fisherman (written by Margaret Wise Brown) in 1945 and including The Cat at Night, One Horse Farm, Hardscrabble Harvest, The Calico Jungle, and My Wonderful Christmas Tree. Her unique and distinctively modern style helped change the role of artwork in children's literature. She was born in 1917 in Vermont and raised in New York City. Her parents, the famed sculptor William Zorach and artist Marguerite Zorach, bought a farm on Georgetown Island in 1923, where Ipcar first summered and later moved with her husband Adolph in 1937. She still lives on the farm and continues to paint almost every day. In 2010, she released her first new book in more than twenty years.