M. Anxo presents
A Bestiary of East Tennessee
Illustrated in Felt
by the Keffer Family
A Bestiary of East Tennessee presents an encyclopedia of the creatures, mundane and exotic, dwelling in East Tennessee and other proximate locations. Illustrated in felt by the Keffer family, the book is filled with felt finger puppets and photographs from wild places. It is intended for both children and adventurous adults.
The Keffer family--David, Lynn, Ruth & Joseph--have released five illustrated books combining the three crafts of home-made felt finger puppets, local photography and narrative story-telling.
The design and creation of the puppets, the choice of locales for photographic backgrounds and the elements of the story are
collaborative activities involving all members of the family.
Twenty-six finger puppets appearing within make their literary debut in A Bestiary of East Tennessee, although two had a brief cameo in Jacob's Dream.
Of neither interest nor significance to virtually anyone, A Bestiary of East Tennessee is the result of a non-idiomatic improvisational creative process.
The images provided below are of two-page spreads in A Bestiary of East Tennessee. Click on them for larger versions.
Several broadsides have been created presenting the representations of the characters in A Bestiary of East Tennessee.
These broadsides are posted in the broadsides page of the
gallery of the Poison Pie Publishing House.
Included are both the felt finger puppets and the original pencil designs for
length: 58 pages containing 29 original artworks
paperback size: 8.25 in x 8.25 in
paperback publication date: September 1, 2015
paperback ISBN-13: 978-1516965366
paperback ISBN: 1516965361
library of congress catalog number: 2015949677
poison pie publishing house catalog number: PP-028-I
buy it in the shop
promotional flyer (and 9 others!)