One Horse Farm

Our BLG reader this week was a new reader for us. Welcome Radica! Radica brought a very special book: One Horse Farm written and illustrated by the amazing Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar.

This book was first published in 1950. It tells the story of a boy and a horse that grow up together on a farm and gives us a lovely sense of daily farm life through the seasons. Simple, soothing and all in repeated colours – turquoise, orange, black, white and brown. The boy Johnny and the horse Betty age in different ways – my students were fascinated that Johnny was an adult but Betty was an old horse. Why? Great discussions on life span and rates of growth and how they differ between humans and various animals.

To learn more about Dahlov Ipcar, go here.

Her artwork is amazing. Wildebeests and Zebras (at left)  is just one of many pieces that feature animals. More art work is featured here. Ipcar is 94 years old and still painting!  She has paintings in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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