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Why is a Tiger a Tiger? A Bestiary of Etymology  is a book featuring the stories of 60+ animals' names with paper cut illustrations.
Why is a Tiger a Tiger? A Bestiary of Etymology is a book featuring the stories of 60+ animals' names with paper cut illustrations.
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Why is a Tiger a Tiger? is a book that I have been meaning to make for years now. It's a bestiary of etymology, a collection of the words we use to name animals and what they mean. For example, the lemur's name originates in the name Remus, one of those twin founders of Rome. The leopard's name is a combination of the Greek words for lion and panther as people thought they were the offspring of those two animals. There is the "swift" tuna. The gull comes from a word meaning "to weep." The bear is literally "brown", and the partridge gets its name from a word meaning "to fart."

Unlike my previous books, I won't be printing it myself on my press because the project has just grown too big. It includes some 60+ illustrations and plenty of text. So I'm sending it off this fall to be printed and bound in a hard cover. It should be back from the printers in the beginning of November.

The illustrations are made from paper cuts. I started making paper cuts last year for a cantastoria project and immediately was taken in by this new form.  Here is a sample:

Thanks for your support. I hope you enjoy the book, and I plan to post some updates here as I make more cuttings,

Dave

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