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The Little Fisherman (paperback)

Softcover, 40 pages, Children's, Ages 4-9, 8 x 9.75

ISBN: 978-1-944762-15-5

Availability: In stock


About this Book:

“Once there was a great big fisherman and a little fisherman. . . They sailed boats.” So begins the classic story by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar. The book follows the two fisherman through a day in their life at sea, the big fisherman with his big boat, big fish, and big sailors, and the little fisherman with his little boat, little fish, little sailors––and a big story.

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. 

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"Together these two women created a charming and beautifully illustrated children's story about the everyday lives of two fishermen and their families. ... (T)his is a classic children's book, showcasing the remarkable talents of two amazing women."
Kennebec Journal

"The flavor of the Maine coast comes on strong with (Ipcar's) charming style of clean lines, bright colors and plenty of action."
Concord Monitor

Margaret Wise Brown

About this Author

Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952) 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" p



About this Illustrator

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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