2022 Spring Membership Drive a Success!

Image from A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor.

We’re Over the Moon. Thank You!

Thank you, dear members, for making our Spring Member Drive a rousing success. We set out to support our Journal by raising $12,000 in April. You responded with $14,500!

Your 260 gifts arrived from 40 states plus Canada, Japan, Norway and Denmark! Pennsylvanians made the largest number of donations—no doubt thanks to the efforts of Central Pennsylvania Chapter leader Julia Marsh and the friends who remembered Chapter founder Peggy Yoder with kind memorial donations.

Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts, for supporting Tasha Tudor’s legacy.

Image from A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor.

Missed the Member Drive?

Issue #17 won’t be released to our online shop until November, however back issues of the Journal of the Tasha Tudor Society are available in our online store

Spring/Summer 2022 Issue #17

Remember, giving just $35 now will get you on the list for the Fall issue. Larger gifts support additional projects like the Brattleboro Words Trail.

Brattleboro Words Trail

From Abenaki petroglyphs and the first known African American poet Lucy Terry Prince, to Nobel Laureates like Saul Bellow, Jody Williams and Rudyard Kipling, these surprising, artistic, community-created audio stories link places to people to create a unique Vermont experience exploring America’s most storied small town!

The Words Trail map includes a picture of the tile map created by artist Cynthia Parker Houghton

Audio stories and maps guide listeners through a treasure trove of tales told by local artists, writers and students, an array of voices illuminates the rich past of writing, printing, publishing and ‘words’ embedded in the rivers, mountains, streets and buildings. Visitors can savor the rich and varied language of this ‘Gateway to Vermont’ where stories unfold as you listen.

Mother Goose herself lived in the hills of Southern Vermont—no, not the imaginary Mother Goose of old European lore, but Tasha Tudor, the prolific children’s book illustrator born in Boston and known for her Caldecott honor 1944 picture-book, Mother Goose among many others.

Enjoy two segments about Tasha Tudor consisting of interviews with Tasha’s granddaughter-in-law and Society Director, Amy Tudor.

Visitors to Brattleboro can listen via smartphone app as they walk, bike and drive. Those farther afield may listen to the stories on a computer.  Just click into the map sections and listen. Photos and links enliven each tile page beyond the 5- minute audio segment.

The Tasha Tudor Society was honored to be part of this multi-year National Endowment for the Humanities project. Special thanks to the production expertise of Sally Seymour and Lissa Weinmann.

In Memory of Peggy Yoder

Peggy (left) interviewing Ann Beneduce, Tasha’s friend and former editor, in NJ.

We are sad to announce that Margaret “Peggy” Elizabeth Yoder—a founder of our pilot Chapter in PA—passed away December 17, 2021.

In 2012, Peggy invited fiber artists, gardeners and Tasha fans to a meeting in her Huntingdon, PA home, starting the first Chapter of the Tasha Tudor Society. “Without Peggy’s initiative and perseverance,” writes Julia Marsh, “Chapters might never have been formed, and we would never have met all the wonderful folk with whom we’ve joyfully shared so many pleasant hours. We will greatly miss Peggy’s enthusiasm and guidance.” 

A remembrance celebration for Peggy will be held Saturday, March 19 in Huntingdon, PA; friends may also join via Zoom. To attend the Zoom celebration or express condolences, please contact Julia at jmarsh9@verizon.net for more information.

2022 Thank You Gifts

This year, our member thank you gifts feature an image from Tasha’s 1981 Child’s Garden of Verses book. She first illustrated Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems in 1947 and the illustations are different for each edition.

This bookmark goes out to all Forget-Me-Not level members.
Six postcards are included in the gifts for Brighter Garden members.
Subscription to the semi-annual Journal of the Tasha Tudor Society is included with all member levels $35 and up.

To see all member gifts, including notecards and magnets, please view the Level and Benefits page.

Tasha Tudor Day 2021

On August 26 the Pacific Northwest Chapter celebrated Tasha’s birthday by touring the early pioneer’s Meeker Mansion in Puyallup, WA. After touring, everyone met for afternoon tea at a local tea shop. While enjoying afternoon tea, attendees played a game with wrapped books. Chapter members enjoyed the in-person chance to connect and discuss future events.

Meeker Mansion in Puyallup WA

The Central Pennsylvania Chapter gathered on August 26 in Lititz, PA for Tasha’s Birthday and Doll Program. Laura Ellen Wade of Strasburg, VA presented a detailed program on Tasha and her relationship with dolls, her use of them in her stories and illustrations, and other family connections to dolls, stuffed animals, etc. Thirty-eight attendees enjoyed the displays that filled one side of the ballroom and 36 raffle prizes were arrayed on the other side. 

Fresh floral quilt by member Alicia Miller

Last Chance for Issue #15

If you are a Tasha fan, and especially if you love dolls, you’re going to adore the upcoming Spring/Summer issue of the Journal! Our feature article In the Eye of the Beholder: Tasha’s Doll Wedding Revisited, includes new details of the 1955 event covered by LIFE magazine. We can’t wait to show you the delightful photos of the wedding party, the ceremony, and even the dolls’ thank you notes!

Journal of the Tasha Tudor Society Issue 15 Cover photograph: Doll’s Wedding, Webster, NH. 1955. Photographed by Verner Reed. © Copyright Historic New England. This image may not be reproduced in any way without the written permission of Historic New England.

If you don’t want to miss the Doll Wedding and much more in the next issue of the Journal, please join or renew during our Spring Membership Drive!

A gift of just $35 before May 1 will get you on the mailing list for our beloved Journal of the Tasha Tudor Society, full of Tasha-inspired stories and research, Tasha’s art, and updates on Society activities. Your donations make the Journal come to life!

Forget-Me-Not level members receive a bookmark with their membership packet.

Donations of $55 and up will also earn Tasha-inspired NEW membership gifts featuring art from Tasha’s 1979 book “The Springs of Joy.” These useful and lovely items range from bookmarks to magnets to postcards and notecards. View gift levels.

Remembering Ann K. Beneduce

Our dear friend Ann Beneduce, passed away March 18, 2021 at the age of 102. Ann first met Tasha in 1961 at J.B. Lippincott Co. and went on to edit twenty-one of Tasha’s books over the next 25 years. This work was made possible by the everlasting friendship between these two extraordinary women.

Ann was an editor of children’s books starting in 1957. She joined the J.B. Lippincott Co. in 1960. She subsequently held top posts at World Publishing Company, T.Y. Crowell, and the American subsidiary of William Collins Publishers before founding her own imprint, Philomel Books, as a division of the Putnam Publishing Group devoted to quality trade books for young readers. Over the years Ann also worked closely with Eric Carle, Mitsumasa Anno, Jane
Yolen, as well as illustrators Ed Young and Gennady Spirin. For more information about Ann’s career, please see this Publisher’s Weekly obituary.

Ann stands outside Tasha’s 1790s farmhouse in New Hampshire, happily making old-fashioned ice cream with a wooden freezer. Ann recalled that it was “impossible to be depressed or tired” around Tasha because her enjoyment of life was contagious.

Ann joined the Tasha Tudor Society as a founding board member in 2006, introducing the idea of creating a Chapter program in 2012.

Ann and her daughter Wendy at a New Jersey Chapter gathering of the Tasha Tudor Society.

Ann’s work and friendship with Tasha was featured in the Fall/Winter 2019 Journal Issue 12. We share it here in memory of our dear friend Ann. Please click on each image to enlarge.

A Partial List of Ann’s Projects

Ann authored, retold (adapted) or served as translator for the following:

I. Authored by Ann Keay Beneduce:

1) Letters from Tasha with Japanese translation by Masako Meshino. Publisher:  Media
Factory, 2009. Twenty-nine letters sent by Tasha to her dear friend and editor, with
explanatory text and remembrances by Ann.

2) A Weekend with Winslow Homer Publisher: Rizzoli, 1993. American painter Winslow Homer talks about his life and work as if entertaining the reader for the weekend. Includes reproductions of the artist’s works and a list of museums where they are on display.

II. Essays written by Ann Keay Beneduce:

1) The Art of Eric Carle [essay titled “It Takes the Practiced Hand”] Author: Eric Carle; Leonard S Marcus Publisher: Philomel Books, 1996 Portrait of the children’s author/illustrator, includes over sixty full-color illustrations from his books, examples of his student artwork, autobiographical information and photographs, and essays on his life and art by friends, critics, and colleagues.

2)  Window on Japan : Japanese Children’s Books and Television Today : Papers from a Symposium at the Library of Congress, November 18-19, 1987 by Sybille A Jagusch Publisher: Library of Congress, 1990. [essay titled “An Imagination-stretching Adventure: Editing the Works of Mitsumasa Anno in the U.S.A”]

III. Foreword written by Ann:

1) The 1972 Children’s Book Showcase by Atha Tehon Publisher: The Children’s Book Council, 1972.

IV. Exhibition catalogue by Ann Keay Beneduce:

1) The art of Mitsumasa Anno : Bridging Cultures : Adventures in Imagination Publisher: Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book art, 2003.

V. Retellings by Ann Keay Beneduce:

1) Moses: The Long Road to Freedom illustrated by Gennady Spirin Publisher: Orchard Books, 2004. [Translated into French, 2005; into Greek, 2004] Recounts the story of the Jewish leader Moses, from his birth until his leading of the slaves out of Egypt. Based on the Torah, Modern Commentary and the King James Bible.

2) Philipok by Leo Tolstoy Illustrated by Gennady Spirin; Publisher: Puffin Books, 2000. [Translated into German in 2002; into Italian, 2003; into French, 2007] Philipok’s mother has told him that he is too young to go to school, but one day he sets out to go on his own.

3) Jack and the Beanstalk illustrated by Gennady Spirin Publisher: Philomel Books, 1999. [Translated into French language by another, 2004] A boy climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk, where he uses his quick wits to outsmart an ogre and make his and his mother’s fortune.

4) Gulliver’s Adventures in Lilliput by Jonathan Swift Illustrated by Gennady Spirin Publisher: PaperStar, 1996.[Translated into German in 1993 & 1994, Danish and Norwegian in 1994; French by another in 1994 & 1996] An Englishman is shipwrecked in a land where the people are only six inches tall.

5) The Tempest by William Shakespeare Retold by Ann Keay Beneduce; illustrated by Gennady Spirin
Publisher: Philomel Books, 1996. [Translated into French language by another, 1996; into German, 1999; into Russian, 2021] Picture book adaptation of Shakespeare’s play of magic and enchantment in which Ferdinand and Miranda, the children of deadly enemies, meet and fall in love, melting the hardened hearts of their fathers

VI. Translator into English for:

1) Petit Claude: The Orphan of Auschwitz and His French Rescuers: A True Story 1938-1945 by Agnès Holzapfel Publisher: Xlibris, 2000.

2) A Weekend with Leonardo da Vinci by Rosabianca Skira-Venturi Publisher: Rizzoli, 1993.

3) A Weekend with Velázquez by Florian Rodari Publisher: Rizzoli, 1993.

Further reading:

Over the years Ann also worked closely with Eric Carle, Mitsumasa Anno, Jane Yolen, as well as illustrators Ed Young and Gennady Spirin.

Still Hungry After All These Years Publisher’s Weekly February 5, 2009

Building Collections, Three new museums provide permanent homes for children’s books and art Publisher’s Weekly April 16, 2001

IN PERSON; The World of His Imagination New York Times Dec. 7, 1997

Invention and Discoveries: An Interview with Ann K. Beneduce by Leonard S Marcus The Lion and the Unicorn Johns Hopkins University Press Volume 7/8, 1983-1984

Ann Keay Beneduce profile Prabook

Consulting Curator, Jeanette Chandler Knazek contributed to this article.

Year in Review: 2020

In March, as the pandemic took hold, a post with a photograph of Tasha Tudor went viral on Facebook. Why? Tasha embodies fortitude and perseverance, and the post brought strength and inspiration to those needing support during difficult times. 

Here is just a sampling of what we’ve been up to over the past year:

We’ve produced two 20-page, full-color issues of The Journal of the Tasha Tudor Society, thanks to our supporters who made this gift to each other! The Fall/Winter issue featured a look at Tasha’s love of literature as revealed by her library, a subject suggested by a member. As Tasha said, “There are certain books that you enjoy as a child, but when you read them again as an adult you find there’s nothing to them. But then there are others that you get just as much pleasure out of.” 

Sharing Tasha’s New England legacy, we recorded an interview with the Brattleboro (Vermont) Words Project, to be released in 2021 as part of the Brattleboro Words Trail, an audio trail enjoyable from anywhere in the world.

The Society also presented our work to Marlboro, VT residents through a virtual meeting facilitated by the Marlboro Community Center. Townspeople shared recollections of Tasha, including her drawing demonstrations at the annual town fair; inviting local children over to try on her antique dresses; marionette shows; Stillwater parties and much more.

Around the country, Tasha Tudor Society chapters found safe ways to celebrate what would have been Tasha’s 105th birthday in August, embodying her spirit of ‘Taking Joy’ in the deep connections chapter members have made.

The Pacific Northwest Chapter’s Valentine meeting (before the pandemic.)

All year long, we share Tasha’s illustrations on social media, injecting bits of brightness and peace into an often charged atmosphere. Though we mourned postponing Phase II of our W.O.R.L.D. Storywalk project in this tumultuous year, we are grateful for all the joy and delight we were able to share.

Illustration from Tasha’s 1961 book Becky’s Christmas.

We extend our full gratitude for your support this year. We send our very best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Last Chance for Issue #14

If you’re excited to read the Fall/Winter issue of the Journal of the Tasha Tudor Society, we remind you to join or renew your membership, starting at $35, today! 

With the pandemic canceling so many of our events, we need your help in raising the last $1300 today, November 1st. Can you help us share Tasha’s world of peace and contentment? 

Make a donation today, and you’ll also enjoy our adorable 2020 Membership gifts before they’re gone (scroll below to see them). Please go to our Levels and Benefits Page for more details.

In appreciation, 
The Tasha Tudor Society

P.S. Membership current up to Nov. 1st? No worries, you’ll be on the mailing list for Issue #14. If you have a question about your membership, e-mail Cheri@tashatudorsociety.org.

Get Ready for Journal Issue #14!

If you’re as excited as we are to read the Fall/Winter issue of the Journal of the Tasha Tudor Society, here’s your reminder to join or renew your membership on or before November 1! 

As the days grow shorter and colder, isn’t it nice to have a reason to come indoors and enjoy a quiet moment to ourselves? Tasha’s world of peace and contentment will be arriving in your mailbox by late November. The next issue of our ad-free, full-color, 100% member-supported, printed Journal contains:

  • Have you ever wished you could spend an afternoon in Tasha’s home library? Enjoy the feature article about her library, by member request.
  • Photographer Richard Brown’s memories of his time with Tasha.
  • Chapter activities
  • Book Anniversaries
  • Your letters and more!

Your donations help make the Journal happen, so we send many thanks to all our generous 2020 donors. We couldn’t share Tasha’s inspiration without you!

Make a donation today, and you’ll also enjoy our adorable 2020 Membership Benefit gifts before they’re gone (scroll below to see them). Please go to our Levels and Benefits Page for more details.

In appreciation, 
The Tasha Tudor Society

P.S. Membership current up to Nov. 1st? No worries, you’ll be on the mailing list. If you have a question about your membership, e-mail Cheri@tashatudorsociety.org.