A baby and a foal are born on the farm, on the very same day. Together Johnny and Big Betty grow up learning to work through all the farm seasons, planting, plowing, mowing, cow herding, and ice cutting. But Betty grows quickly and Johnny grows slowly. By the time Johnny is a big man, Betty is an old horse. When Johnny realizes it is time to replace Betty with a tractor, he must decided what to do with his beloved horse.
The loosely autobiographical "One Horse Farm," first published in 1950, tells the story of a boy and a horse who grow up together on a farm and watch the world change around them. A gentle look at both daily life and changing seasons on a farm, it is a book that comes from the heart of Dahlov Ipcar. "It was the life I lived," she says. She and her husband Adolph milked cows, raised pigs and poultry, worked the fields with a horse-drawn plow, cut wood, and harvested ice. "It was always my job to bring the cows home," she says. "I was young and I enjoyed the challenge." Hardcover; 36 pages.