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The Calico Jungle

Hardcover, 42 pages, Children's, Ages 4-9

ISBN: 978-1-934031-31-5

Availability: In stock


About this Book:

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. He spies calico birds pecking at fruits, sees calico elephants giving each other shower baths, discovers spotted horses, striped lions, and calico fish shining like jewels. 

As he nears the far side of the quilt, the animals he encounters are curled up asleep. The boy grows sleepy, too. His eyes close and he dreams that he is "walking through the calico jungle, under the flowering trees, where all the strange and wonderful animals lived."

This marvelous book by renowned artist and illustrator Dahlov Ipcar will spark every child's imagination, inspire them to question what is real, and invite them to explore a world full of color and possibility. 

The Calico Jungle

"Dahlov Ipcar's illustrations are never cutesy or sacharine sweet – they are just simple and clear. And how is it that the face of a calico camel can show emotion? I'm not sure how she does it, but we love this book. And as always with Islandport Press, the book's pages are heavy and bound beautifully – a book I can easily see saving as an heirloom." 

– Amy Henry, The Black Sheep Dances

Dahlov Ipcar

About this Author

In a career spanning more than eighty years, Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar (1917-2017) wrote and illustrated more than thirty children's and young adult books, starting with The Little Fish



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