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Hardscrabble Harvest

Hardcover, 32 pages, Children's, Ages 4-9

ISBN: 978-1-934031-24-7



About this Book:

"The farmer plants
early in the spring.
He'll be lucky
if he harvests a thing!" 

So begins this charming story in verse 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. In rollicking verse and wonderful illustrations, Dahlov Ipcar tells of all the hard work that goes into making a bountiful fall harvest.

Hardscrabble Harvest
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  • Hardscrabble Harvest Interior 1
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  • Hardscrabble Harvest Back Cover

"Living off the land can be rewarding – and frustrating – as Dahlov Ipcar learned when she and her husband moved from New York City to a Georgetown farm in the late 1930s. Her classic children's book Hardscrabble Harvest is a gorgeously illustrated ode to rural living." 
– The Maine Mag

"This does for the small imagination what Barbara Kingsolver's locavore-best-seller did for their parents, what Common Ground Fair does for the eyeball ... and all with wit and charm and just a hopeful touch of nostalgia. It's not just for the kids, either – if you have an older back-to-the-lander buddy, it's a great gift for any occasion." 
– The Lincoln County News

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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