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June 20, 2008

Tasha Tudor (1915–2008), Children’s Book Author and Illustrator

Filed under: Children's Books,News — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 4:02 pm
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Tasha Tudor, whose children’s books evoked a gentle bygone world, has died in Vermont at 92. Douglas Martin reports in the New York Times that Tudor often said she was the reincarnation of a sea captain’s wife who lived from 1800 to 1840 or 1842 and was replicating that way of life, which was also reflected in her books. Her son Seth suggested “that his mother’s more colorful remarks might be taken with a pinch of salt,” Martin said.

Over seven decades Tudor illustrated scores of books with pictures that, a Times critic once said, “have the same fragile beauty of early spring evenings.” The American Library Association chose two of them, Mother Goose and 1 Is One, as Caldecott Honor Books

A review of Tudor’s A Tale for Easter appeared on One-Minute Book Reviews in March

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. Very Sad day for lover’s of children’s writing and everything make believe. This is the first I heard of it. Thank you for posting —


    Comment by soulintention — June 20, 2008 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

  2. You’re very welcome. One of the things I admired about Tasha Tudor was that she seemed to know who she was from the start of her career and never deviated from her vision. She wasn’t blown about by the winds of fashion, as so many authors of children’s books are.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — June 20, 2008 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

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