. F. Watson . San Diego, Calif.
One story; Aesop
N7433.4.W37 A3 2013 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
One story; Aesop
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The seller's blurb has this to say: 12.5 x 6; ten pages including pastedowns. Original text and images. Handprinted linoleum cuts on Rives paper. Bound in black paper wraps with cut-out star tipped on the front cover. Signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon. A re-telling of the tale of a small fowl who believes the world is coming to an end because the stars are falling from the sky. The artist's colophon actually mentions Stonehenge paper. I leave this artist a good deal of slack because of the Re-visited in her title. Chicken Little is not from Aesop, and this booklet does not proceed as Chicken Little does. The story is a common folktale. In its standard form, a chick believes that the sky is falling because an acorn has fallen on his head. The present booklet begins rather Chicken Little, I heard you say the stars have fallen down. The interlocutor notes that not a sound has been heard. The lovely second stage of the conversation then offers If indeed a star should fall, would there be a sound at all? Or would there be a mournful sigh, a sound so sad the clouds would cry? The final phase has this text: Little bird you are wrong. The stars did not fall but they will fade. They dim their light for the coming day. I have added punctuation in these quotations. Lovely red and black art in a beautifully constructed book. I have learned that Fran Watson has lived in Los Angeles, Houston and Boston, and now lives in San Diego. She is a painter and printmaker and has been creating artist books for many years. She is one of the founders of the San Diego Book Arts and her work appears in many University and private collections.