DescriptionGARTH WILLIAMS (American, 1912-1996)
Little House on the Prairie, group of three: Fire in the Chimney, Seizing the Fire, and Pa Returns, page 199, 203, and 207 illustrations, 1953
Pencil on tracing paper
9 x 6 in. (largest)
Page 199: "That afternoon the wind blew fiercely and it was cold. Ma called Mary and Laura into the house. She built up the fire and drew her rocker near it, and she sat rocking baby Carrie and singing softly to her...Laura heard a little crackling in the chimney. Ma stopped singing. She bent forward and looked up the chimney. Then she got up quietly put Carrie in Mary's arms, pushed Mary down into the rocking chair, and hurried outdoors. The whole top of the chimney was on fire."
Page 203: The whole top of the chimney was on fire. The sticks that made it were burning up...Ma seized a long pole and struck and struck at the roaring fire, and burning sticks fell all around her...The house was full of smoke. One big, blazing stick rolled on the floor, under Mary's skirts...Laura was too scared to think. She grabbed the back of the heavy rocking-chair and pulled with all might."
Page 207: "When Pa came home he found the fire out...He had brought four fat ducks...Pa went whistling to mix mud and cut green sticks and build the chimney up again, while Mom cleaned the ducks. Then the fire merrily crackled, a fat duck roasted, and the corner bread baked. Everything was snug and cozy again."
From the Estate of Garth Williams.
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