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
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.