Grant Wood Illustrates Children’s Book

In 1936 when the children’s storybook Farm on the Hill was published, most Iowans knew Grant Wood as a famous Midwestern artist who was born on a farm near Anamosa in 1891, grew up in Cedar Rapids, and gained instant fame after painting “American Gothic” in 1930, a portrait of a stern looking couple standing in front of their Gothic style wood farm house in Eldon, Iowa. People may not be as familiar with his work from this book.