Friday, November 2, 2012

Tasha Tudor First Friday Book Review

A new month, the lovely month of November, and time for another First Friday Tasha Tudor book review! November is one of my favorite months of the year. Once again, it's time for a cozy fire, a cup of tea or cocoa, time for planning for the holidays and time for family celebrations. I guess that's why I love this little book-AROUND THE YEAR. I love the seasons and the holidays and this book
features it all. It's a very sweet look at the months of the year in typical Tasha fashion. The art work is delightfully framed, always a Tasha trademark.

You can see it in her art work on her original book cover. I think  it's interesting that she originally used a different bird for each month as shown on this cover.
So, what is this book all about? It's a simple story, done in rhyme, walking through each month of the year. It showcases the changing seasons and all the holidays we enjoy. It's a very country approach with lots of drawings of children having a grand time. It is a combination of black and white drawing with her  colorful color watercolors. Here's a few samples....

And of course the month we all love~December! It will soon be here too. Are you getting ready?

The book was originally published in 1957 by Henry Walck, NewYork, NY. Tasaha became a partner with Mrs. David Mathers of Mooresville, Indiana in the Jenny Wren Press in 1989. In 1994, AROUND THE YEAR was reprinted and that is the copy of the book that I own. That book cover is the first one shown today. It was reprinted in 2001 by Simon and Schuster, New York, NY. The world of Tasha Tudor continues....the book was released on June 26, 2012 in eBook form! I love it. This is how the current reprint cover looks like.

Quite a difference in the three book jackets over the years. I like the one from the Jenny Wren reprint the best.

For those of you who live on the East Coast, you have a wonderful treat. This is the photo of the Fenimore Art Museum in Coopertown, New York. An exhibit is currently on loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge MA all about this book. It began Oct 1st and runs through Dec 31st.
Oh, I am green with envy. This exhibit will charm you with some of Tasha's original art work, manuscripts, childhood drawings, miniature doll cards, hand decorated boxes and Easter eggs.
To make it all more exciting, the co-curator Jeanette Chandler Knazek, will give a free talk on November 27th from 7-8:30 PM on the book, the changing seasons, especially the winter seasons and holiday. I'm sure that will be a magical evening event.

This is an often used photo of Tasha Tudor and one of my favorites. I just had to end my review with this lovely picture.

Do you have a favorite season? Do you have a favorite holiday? Do you have any information to share about this book? I'd love to hear from you.


Susan said...

Hi Linda....Oh, lovely, lovely book! I haven't seen that one.

Will you do a review on Becky's Christmas sometime? I CHERISH that book and would do anything to find an old copy of it (affordable) at a used book fair! One can always dream.

Do I have a favorite season? I guess I'd have to say now-----autumn, followed by spring.

My favorite holiday? Unequivocally CHRISTMAS! Savor every sweet second of it. But I don't like the frenzied commercialism which has already started in earnest.

Take care and thanks for a lovely post. Susan

romance-of-roses said...

Linda, I want this book. Will check the book store next to my Whole Foods and see if they carry it. It sounds so interesting and my favorite season is spring then Christmas. Feel the same as Susan, do not like the commercialism, I like an old fashion Christmas, fireplace on, baking going on, smell of cinnamon and vanilla in the house and so on. Hugs...Lu

HeidiInHolland said...

Hi Linda! So nice to have you visit one of my blogs. Do you know that I also have a handwork blog (StitchedMemoriesInTime) and a home and garden blog (TheCranberryChronicleContinues)? I share your love of Tasha and think I have 'chatted' with you before about it. Your name is so familiar.

I love this book. I have the new version. I collect her books along with the books of Elsa Beskow. I love both for their simple and beautiful artwork. I admire Tasha living a simple life.

I hope you will visit again. I know I will be visiting your blog. I loved the little doll bed you showed. One of my passions is making doll quilts. I have two little armoires (doll size) which are full of my doll quilts.

Hugs from Holland ~

xinex said...

What a beautiful book, Linda. The pictures are so charming and so lovely....Christine

Kathryn Ross said...

Well - I'm looking up this ISBN number and giving it to my husband (he works for Barnes & Noble) so he has something else to add to my Christmas wish list! I LOVE all of Tasha's works and have pitiful few in my collection. Just don't run across them so much anymore - I am thinking people are keeping them for themselves. I don't' really see them on bookstore shelves - but this one is so engaging. I love the post Civil War era drawing of the soldier and the little boy wearing his union cap . . . Thanks for your concern for us through the storm. Our church is heading two relief team efforts in North Jersey which was very hard hit, and here in the south on our Jersey shore. Looking for the Lord to Sine through His people - after the storm . . .

Denise said...

Her Christmas painting of the children around the tree I had as My Christmas cards one year.I loved it so much I framed it.I sure enjoyed this post Linda.I love all the details you know about her.Dennise

Laura Lane said...

I find Tasha Tudor to be inspiring.

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