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Dahlov Ipcar’s Maine Alphabet
Author: Dahlov Ipcar
Publisher: Islandport Press
Binding: Board Book
Year Distributed: 2018 - 2019
Availability: Past Books
Themes/Topics: Animals, Alphabet
The Maine wildlife and coastal scenes were near and dear to Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar’s heart. This book serves as a kind of love letter to her home state where she lived and worked for almost seventy-five years, where, as she writes, A is for animals, wild and free, and W is for woodlands of wonder for you and for me.
Age Group Newborn
What’s Happening at this Age
- Recognizing familiar voices
- Gazing at high contrast pictures
- Looking at faces
Your little one is just getting used to the world around them. That includes getting to know YOU in a new way! Up until now, your baby has only heard your voice. Your voice is the most important thing in their world right now. Singing and talking to them as you soothe them reinforces that connection. Reading simple books, even though they don’t understand them, gives you another way of sharing your connection. As their vision develops, they will be increasingly drawn to faces. When you talk with them, putting your face within 12 inches of theirs will help them connect your face to the sound that they already love!
Why did we select this book?
Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar wrote and illustrated more than thirty children's books from her farm on Georgetown Island. When she wrote, "W is for woodlands of wonder for you and for me," she might have been asking us to take our children outdoors (no matter where we live) and open our eyes and ears to nature. While your Maine may not look like Ipcar's Maine, she gives us a look both into the woods and into Maine's past. We did not give you an ABC book so your infant could start learning their ABCs. Letter recognition will come to them in Kindergarten, or maybe a little sooner. But every introduction to letters and the sounds they represent lays the foundation for ABCs and later reading. Keep reading aloud to your baby, and like Ipcar's woods, your child will be filled with wonder.
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