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Deep Sea Farm

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Take a journey to the bottom of the sea with the gentle merman farmer who tends fanciful fields of sea cucumbers and sea beans with the help of his two seahorses. He must defend his cowfish and sea hens from fierce sea lions and tiger sharks, and free any sea creatures caught in traps or nets dropped from above. Legendary artist Dahlov Ipcar brings this enchanting undersea ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published December 1st 2014 by Down East Books (first published 1961)
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Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fish-sticks, kidstuff
Ipcar's funkadelic artwork is the highlight of this title from 1961.


Under the sea lives a merman-farmer who doesn't want to hurt any fish. He grows seaweed and harnesses up two fine seahorses to pull the cultivator.


All his undersea pals appreciate his efforts at keeping them alive, so they gladly help out on his farm under the waves.

What's a farmer to do after a hard day of harvesting but relax in a rocking chair on the porch . . .


. . . with his little black catfish that hunts for sea mice by h
Why is a merman wearing overalls? Why do those overalls seamlessly glide into his tail fins? Why does he hunt some fish for food and the others are his buddies and he saves them from fishermen? Who gave that crab a pitchfork with wild abandon? How does his lil hat stay on underwater?

Read this book and none of these questions will be answered, but in where else are you going to find a farmer merman with idyllic 50's illustrations? Nowhere, folks, nowhere.
Katy Kissel
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This picture book is intended for children ages four through eight. It tells the story of a deep sea farmer who won't eat fish because he is part fish. Because the farmer is so kind, he saves the lives of lots of other fishes, who then help him maintain his farm. There is a message in here, and it feels somewhat heavy handed. The main character cuts the nets of fisherman and breaks their lobster/crab traps so that the humans cannot catch any fish or lobsters or crabs. Because of this, the humans ...more
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love the nostalgic illustrations, sweet story
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