The Wee Tree's Christmas. James W. Hatch.
The Wee Tree's Christmas
The Wee Tree's Christmas
The Wee Tree's Christmas
The Wee Tree's Christmas
Unusual teacher's edition - Flipchart Style

The Wee Tree's Christmas

Erwin Hoyt Austin. [ Kinderhook, NY ]: James W. Hatch 1956. First Edition. [3], 2-[40] pages. 14 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches. Coomb bound. Thick cardboard covers, set up as a flip-chart for in-school teaching. The text is presented towards the teacher, and the artwork related presented to the children. Small price sticker for two dollars on page [4]. Minor indications of minor mold growth in the past in the margins on first few and last few pages. Generally bright and clean. Near Fine. Comb. [23791]


"Faciltel." edition. Presented as a flip chart. Includes suggestions on page [40] for teachers which can be used to "correlate" the story with language arts, art, music, dramatics, and any other suggestion the teachers might invent: "The suggestions included in this supplement are in no way exhaustive but are indicative of the ways in which teachers may use the story and illustrations as a base upon which to develop units of activity in the classroom." There is also a regular "trade" edition of the book which we have not handled.

"Erwin Hoyt Austin was born in Albany New York in 1912. He died in 1976. Austin’s career as a designer/illustrator began at age 6, when he stumbled into a stained glass shop at the end of his street. Austin was spellbound when he saw the workers "bathed in colored sunlight that streamed through the stained glass windows." His formal training was at Pratt Institute’s School of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1933.

During his career Austin provided design and illustration services to industrial firms, public utilities, and governmental agencies.He combined his love of color and illustration and became a prolific watercolorist in upstate New York. In the 1940s and 1950s, he worked extensively with the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown N.Y., where he provided design, illustration, display, and documentation services for the Farmer's Museum and the Fenimore House (now the Fenimore Art Museum).

His love of history and illustrative drawing lead to commissions for book illustration that included: Spooks of the Valley by Louis C. Jones (1948); The Story of Medicine by Joseph Garland, M.D. (1949); Whistling Girls and Jumping Sheep by Edith E. Cutting (1951); The Golden Age of Homespun by Jared van Wagenen, Jr. (1953); The Wee Tree’s Christmas by James W. Hatch (1956); and Things That Go Bump in the Night by Louis C. Jones (1959). A Persian translation of Garland’s The Story of Medicine was published at Tehran in 1962." (University of Rochester Edward G. Miner Library website writeup of original art for a medical title by Austin)

Price: $225.00

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