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    GARTH WILLIAMS (American, 1912-1996)
    Little House in the Big Woods, set of six: The Deer in the Wood, Preparing for Winter, Pa's Debate, and three illustrations comprising the front matter, pages 229, 231, and 234 illustrations, 1953
    Pencil on tracing paper
    9 x 6 in. (largest)
    All signed

    From the Estate of Garth Williams.
    Page 229: "'Now I'll tell you why you had no fresh meat to eat today. When I went out to the deer-lick, I climbed up into a big oak tree. I found a place on a branch where I felt comfortable and could watch the deer-lick.'...'The big, round moon was just rising. I could see it between the bare branches of the trees, low in the sky. And right against it I saw a deer standing. His head was up and he was listening.'...'It was a perfect shot. But he was so beautiful, he looked so strong and free and wild, that I couldn't kill him.'"

    Page 231: "All day Pa was busy, banking the little house and the barn with dead leaves and straw, held down by stones, to keep out the cold. The weather grew colder all day, and that night there was once more a fire on the hearth and the windows were shut tight and chinked for the winter."

    Page 234: "'Then I remembered that Ma and my little girls were waiting for me to bring home some fresh good venison. I made up my mind that next time I would shoot.'...I settled myself in the tree and waited again.'...'After a long while, a doe and her yearling fawn came stepping daintily out of the shadows. They were not afraid at all'...'I just sat there looking at them, until they walked away among the shadows. Then I climbed down out of the tree and came home.' Laura whispered in his ear, 'I'm glad you didn't shoot them!''


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