The Littlest Birds Sing the Prettiest Songs
Chronicle Books, 2012
Hardcover, 128 pages, $24.95
The San Francisco-based artist Jennie Smith celebrates the folk song tradition with her illustrated renderings of 13 soulful songs, including time-honored Scottish ballads, classics by the likes of the Carter Family, contemporary favorites by Gillian Welch, and more. Smith’s work was featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. The book includes a foreword from contemporary folk legend Michael Hurley, complete lyrics, and playable tablature or sheet music for each song.
The book is designed by CCA alumni Jennifer Tolo Pierce and Brooke Johnson (Graphic Design 2003).