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Bug City
By (author): Dahlov Ipcar
9781623173449 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc. Jul 23, 2019
$23.95 CAD
Active 7.31 x 9.56 x 0.36 in 32 pages FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT North Atlantic Children's Books North Atlantic Books
Follow a whimsical day in the life of a Bug City family, with imaginative illustrations of real insects by American artist Dahlov Ipcar

This charming bug family (Mama is a ladybug and Papa is a daddy longlegs) share a day in Bug City, where they go shopping (for calico moths and velvet ants, of course!) and visit the zoo with rhinoceros beetles and ant lions. Their quaint, busy lives, augmented by Dahlov Ipcar’s flamboyant, colorful illustrations, make a charming story for readers to enjoy and learn how to identify a wide variety of bugs.

Publication History: Originally published by Holiday House (1975)

WELL-KNOWN ARTIST: Ipcar’s works are in permanent collections in major museums throughout the US, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She is considered an important artist in the Social Realism style. In 1998, she received The Kerlan Award for Children’s Literature and in 2012, the Farnsworth Museum gave her the Maine in America Award, to honor the outstanding contribution she has made to Maine and her role in American Art.

CLASSIC BOOK BACK IN PRINT: Ipcar illustrated and wrote numerous children’s books during her lifetime, including The Little Fishermen, a classic Golden Book from 1945 still in print, written by Margaret Wise Brown. Many of Ipcar’s books are now out of print, but interest has remained in her unique colorful illustrations.

GROWING TOPIC: Children today are interested in more than farm animals for their picture books. Identifying insects and bugs make for a fun way to learn about daily life.

DAHLOV IPCAR (1917-2017) was an American painter, illustrator, and artist known for colorful paintings featuring animals in farm settings or the wild. In 1945 she illustrated The Little Fisherman, her first children’s book, a classic Golden Book written by noted children’s author Margaret Wise Brown. Ipcar went on to write and illustrate thirty children’s books of her own. She also wrote four fantasy novels for a slightly older audience, as well as a volume of short stories for adults. Her art is significant in the social realism movement. In 1972 Dahlov and her husband together received the Maine Governor’s Award for “significant contributions to Maine in the broad field of the arts and humanities.” She also received three honorary degrees from The University of Maine, Colby, and Bates colleges. In 1998 The University of Minnesota honored Dahlov with The Kerlan Award for Children’s literature. In 2012 the Farnsworth Museum gave Dahlov the Maine In America Award, an honor given to an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to Maine and its role in American Art. Ipcar’s works are now in the permanent collections of museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York and recent exhibitions have been displayed in Maine and across the US.

Author Residence: Windsor, Vermont

Author Hometown: Windsor, Vermont

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“Dahlov Ipcar’s work invites us to face the challenge of explaining our own creative self. In doing so, we will develop our own unique way of looking at the beauty and excitement of simple everyday life.”
—Sara Torres Vega, PhD, education research assistant, Museum of Modern Art

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