May Day and springtime have arrived so I am choosing THE SPRINGS OF JOY by Tasha Tudor for my book review for the merry month of May. The book was first published by Rand McNally in 1979. The book is 64 pages with beautiful floral end papers. This is the copy that I own. I like the illustration of the picnic on the front cover.
The book cover was changed in 1998 when it was reprinted by Simon and Schuster. The size of the book was changed just a tiny bit from 12" x 9 1/2" to 11" x 9 7/32...what an odd measurement.
The book is filled with wonderful illustrations by Tasha. She uses inspirational quotes from famous writers including Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Thoreau and even Mother Goose. She states that there is no beginning, no end and no message to this book! I think there is a message though....a positive message about the lovely things in life and nature that can bring us great JOY.
Sweet gentle pictures by Tasha-children and corgis!
I love this illustration. This is so Tasha...frock and all.
This is one of her "blue tone" illustrations that you see so often in her books. I have stated before, I don't really like these pictures. I wonder why she added one or more so often in her work.
In THE SPRINGS OF JOY, you will find her childhood home, corgis, her grandchildren and even herself.
It's lilac time in Oregon, so I had to share this page. I love her drawing of the lilac.
Of course, this page has Tasha's signature floral border. One of my most favorite things about her work.
Just a simple book with lovely illustrations. Do enjoy! Happy May...plant some flowers!