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    GARTH WILLIAMS (American, 1912-1996)
    Little House in the Big Woods, set of five: The Sugar Snow, Wooden Buckets and Little Troughs, Collecting the Sap, Making Sap Into Syrup, and Off to Bed, page 117, 122/123, 125, 126/127, and 129 illustrations, 1953
    Pencil on tracing paper
    7.5 x 11 in. (largest)
    All signed

    From the Estate of Garth Williams.

    Page 117: "For days the sun shone and the weather was warm. There was no frost on the windows in the mornings. All day the icicles fell one by one from the eaves with soft smashing and crackling sounds in the snow banks beneath. The trees shook their wet, black branches, and chunks of snow fell down."

    Page 122 and 123: "After Supper, Pa took them on his knees as he sat before the fire, and told them about his day at Grandpa's, and the sugar snow. 'All winter,' Pa said, 'Grandpa has been making wooden buckets and little troughs. He made them of cedar and white ash, for those woods won't give a bad taste to the maple syrup.'...'Then he went into the maple woods and with the bit he bored a hole in each maple tree, and he hammered the round end of the little trough into the hole, and he set a cedar bucket on the ground under the flat end.'"

    Page 125: "'Every day Grandpa puts on his boots and his warm coat and his fur coat and his fur cap and he goes out into the snowy woods and gathers the sap. With a barrel on a sled, he drives from tree to tree and empties the sap from the buckets into the barrel.'"

    Page 126 and 127: "'Then he hauls it to a big iron kettle that hangs by a chain from a cross-timber between two trees. He empties the sap into the iron kettle, and the sap boils'...'When the sap gets too hot, Grandpa lifts ladlefuls of it high in the air and pours it back slowly. This cools the sap a little and keeps it from boiling too fast. When the sap has boiled down just enough, he fills the buckets with the syrup.'"

    Page 129: "'Now you girls run along to bed! You'll know all about the dance when you see it. I have to put a new string on my fiddle.'...'By the time Laura and Mary were snug in their trundle bed, Pa and the fiddle were both singing.'"


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