Thursday, June 19, 2008

Goodbye, Tasha

by Raelene Gorlinsky

Tasha Tudor died yesterday at the age of 92. A remarkable children's book author, she was the recipient of two Caldecott Honors awards. Her first book was 1938's Pumpkin Moonshine, her last one was Corgiville Christmas in 2003 - I believe she had close to 100 books published. But what I enjoyed most were her Corgiville stories, about an animal village with lots of corgis. Many of her other books also included corgis in the illustrations. Can you tell I am the devoted owner of three wonderful Pembroke Welsh Corgis?

I remember when Dr. Seuss died, when Jim Henson died, when... Sigh, all those great producers of fantasy and fairy tales for young children. I'll miss your stories, Tasha.


Tilly Greene said...

This is so sad. I still have a copy of her Little Princess given to me as a child. Then and now, I'm a huge fan of hers.

Sad news.

Anonymous said...

I have both A Little Princess and The Secret Garden that she illustrated. She did such a wonderful job drawing and painting everyone, I've never been able to see the characters any other way.

Anonymous said...

She was also a master gardner. Many years ago the Victory Garden visited her and she gave them a tour of her garden. A remarkable woman.