Books by Tasha Tudor

Released: Oct. 31, 2003

An old-fashioned Christmas season in a New England village is the theme of Tudor's latest installment about Corgiville, her fictional town inhabited by her favorite Corgi dogs, as well as by rabbits, cats, and chickens. She introduces three new animal families to the village, following them as they move into new homes and start their own businesses: a haberdashery and a combination apothecary and soda fountain. She includes borders around many pages with period kitchen utensils and vintage artifacts such as a hand-cranked ice-cream freezer and goat-drawn peddler carts. This tour through the village is followed by holiday preparations and celebrations, many based on Tudor's own childhood memories or experiences with her own children and pets. With this story, Tudor uses a more muted, impressionistic style for her watercolor paintings, which is better suited to the panoramic scenes of the snowy village than to the detailed illustrations of the insides of shops and homes. Those who love Tudor's reverent homage to yesteryear will enjoy spending time in snowy Corgiville for the holiday season. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

A delectable companion to The Corgiville Fair (1971), in which Tudor employs conversational prose to revisit the pastoral setting and farmyard inhabitants of the original. Caleb Corgi turns determined detective with the kidnapping of Babe, "the biggest rooster on earth who made a yearly sensation at the Corgiville Fair." The scoundrels in this case are rumored to be Hiram Racky and his band of evil raccoon radicals, soon to be outwitted by the well-educated Caleb himself. Complete with an old-fashioned hot-air balloon escape and the aid of Charley Crow, the story finds Babe eating amaretto biscuits on his way back to Corgiville, where a full-fledged celebration awaits. Within this rousing good guys/bad guys tale are cheeky animal characters outfitted in vests and topcoats, sophisticated humor, nods to Julia Child, Gertrude Stein, and others who will not be known to children, but Tudor's devotees will love this caper, and others will want to go unearth the first work. (Picture book. 7-10)Read full book review >
Released: May 12, 1977

Three of Tudor's quaint holiday tales, first published separately—which would seem a more appropriate format for a seasonal goodie. Most insipid is the first story, "Waiting for Easter," about the dream of a wee fawn, little lambs, ducklings, etc., that "you" will have on the night before—"But. . . only if you have been good and can find the dust on daffodils with your eyes tight shut." That leaves most of us out. Though still mincing, the Halloween story (from 1938) has a pinch of old-fashioned humor and genuine coziness: "Pumpkin Moonshine" (you might call it Jack-O-Lantern) is what a good little girl named Sylvie Ann wants to make—and does, but not till the pumpkin she finds in a field rolls away (Bumpity Bump Bump!) down the hill, through the barnyard and "right into Mr. Hemmelskamp who was carrying a pail of whitewash!" "The Doll's Christmas," all about the preparations Laura and Efner make for the Christmas tree, dinner, gifts, etc., of their lavishly housed dolls Sethany Ann and Nicey Melinda, is the only one of the three cast in then (1950) modern dress—but Tudor can't resist putting everyone into "old-fashioned clothes" for the climactic marionette performance. Ruffles and lace, for other adults who equate children's holidays with sweets and nostalgia. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 18, 1971

In the time-ago village of Corgiville, "west of New Hampshire and east of Vermont," the population of cats, rabbits, corgis ("enchanted" small dogs the color of foxes), and boggarts (toy-like "trolls") turn out for the annual country fair. The plan of young Caleb Brown, a corgi, to ride his goat Josephine in the Grand Race, is almost foiled by rival Edgar Tomcat who feeds Caleb a soporific hot dog and stuffs Josephine with mince pies and cigars. But Caleb's resourceful buddy Merton Boggart gets the groaning Josephine going by feeding her the rockets for his fireworks display. "The results were spectacular!" Caleb wins the race, leads the grand parade, starts off the Virginia Reel with Miss Corgiville ("much to his embarrassment and pleasure"), and applauds Merton's closing fireworks display. It's the kind of village that you enter through a covered bridge and the kind of story where everyone wins prizes and no apologies are offered or expected for gratuitous whimsy. (Why are the corgi described as enchanted? What are the ball-and-stick-constructed boggarts doing in a place like this?) Mrs. Tudor's pictures are of course executed in quaint and loving detail. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1965

The ten stories collected here are especially good for a read-to-yourself audience and come from such powerful storytellers as Kipling, Twain, Andersen and Farjeon. This is intended to be a companion volume to Tasha Tudor's favorite poems, Wings from the Wind. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 29, 1962

The Kale Greenaway of today, with a New England rather than an Old England flavor, gives her small readers another small book. Here's a natural for Hallowe'en in the story of how Syivie Ann goes hunting the biggest pumpkin in her grandmother's field- and then has to roll it back to the house- with catastrophic results. But the pumpkin survived to be a Jack o Lantern on a gate post. Old fashioned charm. A reissue of a 1938 book which appeared originally in stocking size format. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1961

Last minute arrival (the early copy lost in the mails) of what promises to be a favorite Christmas gift item, in a collection of fifteen favorite fairy tales, simplified for the youngest listeners. Perrault, Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm- and some folk tales from other sources have been told with a view to those things Tasha Tudor has made her own-the everyday views of woods and fields and homes. Old favorites are here:- Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Puss in Boots, Thumbelina, Jack and the Beanstalk, Red Riding Hood, Cinderella. But Tasha Tudor couldn't bear unhappy endings so rescues Red Riding Hood and her grandmother from the stomach of the wicked wolf- but is willing to let Rumpelstiltskin come to a deserved end! Charming- if excusably sentimental- illustrations in full color, with Tasha Tudor's exquisite attention to minute detail, will keep small spectators entranced. Surely popular. Four color heavy board with cover overlay binding. A gift item for shops and department stores more than for public libraries. Read full book review >
MY BRIMFUL BOOK by Tasha Tudor
Released: Sept. 1, 1960

Brimful of poems and stories children have loved for generations, this book is divided in three parts. The first, Favorite Poems of Childhood, is illustrated in lovely old-fashioned pictures by Tasha Tudor. The second, Mother Goose Rhymes, is accompanied by the confection like illustrations of Margot Austin, and the third, Animal Stories, is illustrated in realistic color pictures by Wesley Dennis. A happy choice both in text and pictures, this hardy book, reasonably priced, should be a staple of the nursery library. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 1960

A story of nostalgic enchantment is this account of ten-year-old Becky and her birthday. In a period where children are glutted by material reassurances of parental affection, the story of a country birthday made memorable by gifts of flowers, a hay ride, and homemade ice cream is not only romantic, it is refreshing. Tasha Tudor's illustrations are soft and evocative of a less harsh time in which experience was less mechanized and more in harmony with the rhythm of nature. A poetic recapitulation of what is one of the most significant anniversaries in a person's life, the celebration of having lived one decade. Read full book review >
AROUND THE YEAR by Tasha Tudor
Released: Oct. 31, 1957

The quaint and careful, delicately colored paintings which have charmed Tasha Tudor's followers in earlier books mark each month of the year. Here, the pleasantly old-fashioned character of her work now appears in an almost Currier and Ives vein. "January brings us ... coasting, Taffy pulls and apple roasting." Two double spreads illustrate each month while simple rhymed lines describe it. For children to whom the calendar is still a confusing complexity, this will fill a need. Period and pastoral, this is a nostalgic view of country children of long ago... around the year. Read full book review >
FIRST GRACES by Tasha Tudor
Released: June 15, 1955

Companion volume to the favorite First Prayers, this, while equally enchanting in format, has, perhaps, less wide an appeal. The use of grace before meals is today much less general than formerly. But for those to whom the idea has acceptance, this selection of twenty prayers of thanksgiving is excellent. One could wish that at least one Jewish grace had been included, but perhaps that is laboring the point when the number is limited- and the probable market primarily Protestant. Read full book review >
FIRST PRAYERS by Tasha Tudor
Released: Sept. 11, 1952

A charming small book, one to give to a child to read now and perhaps to keep and look at for many years, even when old and grey. Illustrated in tiny relief and soft pastels are familiar prayers, evening solicitations and morning thanks, the Lord's Prayer, a verse from a New England sampler, old English and German praises, hymns- "Now the Day is Over", pealms- the twenty-third, and graces to say at meal times. Thoroughly pleasing. We hate even to be commercial about it, but watch it for gifts. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 1951

For the cult, another bright little picture book, based on the true story of a little girl who kept a bear cub as a pet. Adam, the bear, became a part of the Davenport family, attending tea and having the run of the house. Of course, as a bear, Adam indulged in behavior often startling to human — awakening guests, frightening maids, etc., so he is finally banished to the zoo. Neat, pretty full-color Nineties pictures for a predictable Tudor market. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1950

A lovely, pretty book for little girls who love dolls and dollhouses. The dollhouse pictured in this book is one of the most elaborate and charming we've seen — even a conservatory on the second floor! Sethany Ann and Nicey Melinda, two very old dolls, through the little girls, Laura and Efner, invite other dolls in the neighborhood to a Christmas party. Much combing and brushing and dressing — with a party. Read full book review >
THISTLY B by Tasha Tudor
Released: Sept. 8, 1949

Thistly B, who had been raised in a teacup, was a beautiful yellow canary belonging to a little brother and sister. He had a mirror in his cage and was allowed to fly around the room at will. When a little female canary was brought to be his wife they decide to hatch the eggs in the dolls' house bathtub. The dolls never get a chance to take a bath when the canaries really settle in and the story and pictures will have the children wriggling with delight in the details of tiny, live things that are small enough to move around in comfort in a dolls' house. The text is easy and intimate and has an almost might-be-true quality. Bound in cloth, dainty and yet handsome, this is in the squarish format of Snow Before Christmas and is filled with glowing color. Don't forget that lots of adults collect Tasha Tudor for themselves. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1946

Another in the series of calico books, which include Pumpkin Moonshine. Alexander the Gender, etc. Children like mischief whether performed by small animals or other children, but this poor little lamb has to take terrible punishment before he learns the path of virtue. The Tasha Tudor pictures have a quaintness reminiscent of Mate Greenaway, but I've always had a feeling that adults like them better than children do. Stocking book format; perishable white background jacket and pale yellow board binding. Read full book review >
MOTHER GOOSE by Tasha Tudor
Released: Oct. 19, 1944

This is a lovely little Mother Goose, quite off the beaten track, not only in its selection but in its small format, scarcely larger than a squarish stocking book. The illustrations by Tasha Tudor have a Kate Groonaway quality, and the reproductions are excellent, giving a fool of original pastels and wash drawings. There are 77 rhymes in the collection, — more than half of them are the indispensables; the balance includes some that we think of as counting rhymes, rounds, familiar sayings and some that are rarely soon except in complete editions. Read full book review >
THE WHITE GOOSE by Tasha Tudor
Released: June 15, 1943

A delicate fantasy, illustrated in soft blue tones to give the eerie feel of a story of moonlight and fairy folk and the wild geese that took the white goose away. Robin has followed his white goose, and finds in its stead, a fairy child, who tempts him to follow her up the moonbeams. When he refuses, she turns into the white goose and flies off with her wild relatives. A "stocking book" in size. Limited appeal. Read full book review >
DORCAS PORKUS by Tasha Tudor
Released: Oct. 1, 1942

Another of those beguiling stocking books, called by Oxford "Calico Books" from their gay calico bindings. This is one of the best, not only because of the entertaining pictures and story of the pet pig that jumped out of the tub and broke into the church quilting bee, but because — from the manufacturing point of view — this is the best job of reproduction, with none of the blurred edges that narred some of the others. One could wish that Tasha Tudor would be a little less whimsical (I don't like her Mimmsy and Grandmimmsy). But that is a minor matter. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 1941

Once again lovely pictures, with soft coloring, and this time a more clear cut job of reproduction. Slightly larger than conventional stocking book size, but still a small book, with a story of an old time Christmas in New England and of the share the children had in the preparations and activities. Good read aloud material for holiday time, from picture book age up. Read full book review >
A TALE FOR EASTER by Tasha Tudor
Released: June 15, 1941

This is a bit larger than the Sylvie books, and is a better job of printing, good color work, beautiful reproduction. The costumes make effective pictures but give the story a dated feel. A dream tale, in pictures and captions, of strange things that happen on Easter Eve. Built on the popularity of bunnies and chickens in connection with Easter celebration. Read full book review >
THE COUNTY FAIR by Tasha Tudor
Released: Sept. 26, 1940

This is a sequel to the other story about the greedy Alexander, the gander. This time Sylvie Ann takes him to a Country Fair where he behaves himself and wins a prize. The pictures have lovely coloring, but the faces are unpleasing and the story has a tendency to fall into the "itzy bitzy" class. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 28, 1939

A bit Kate Greenawayish, but not so charming, this tiny book about Sylvie Anne who paid a visit, and of how her gander, Alexander, made a ruction in the garden. A bit pretty pretty, but rather cunning. Read full book review >