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Winners Announced for Tasha Tudor Day 2022 Giveaway

We’re so pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Tasha Tudor Day Giveaway! 

Matty Holder from North Carolina said, Thank you again for the wonderful surprise!! I am painting my house a gorgeous ash violet and just sat down to rest a minute! I’m so excited I believe I can finish it all today! As all who knew your wonderful Granny, I adore her work and life tremendously!

Elizabeth Tonks from New York said, Awesome, thank you so much! I’m so happy! I’ve been a fan of her work for such a long time. She truly was… IS one of my major inspirations.

Kathi White, also from New York, and Jeanette Fallon of Michigan were the other grateful winners.

Thank you to all 800+ entrants. Each winner received a first edition copy of one of the books pictured above, generously donated by longtime member Donna Sypniewski. 

We were touched and buoyed by the stories you shared during the giveaway…

The first time I opened The Secret Garden with Tasha Tudor as the illustrator, I was hooked! It was years later that I discovered the rest of her art and her books! – Kathy Korb

I love sitting with my great-granddaughter who shares my birthday (and she is 3) as we talk about the flowers and what the other Grandma is doing in the book. Surely memories are being made. -Maryhelen De Leeuw

Tasha has always been an inspiration to me. She epitomizes truly the joy of living. She shows us to believe in ourselves and go forth with our ideas even if others say… no. She gives us meaning in our lives especially with regard to how important our family members are. I love the detail and beautiful colors in her illustrations. Thank you, Tasha, for sharing yourself through your stories and illustrations. – Pamela Wunderlin

Tasha Tudor Day Giveaway 2022

Image from Tasha’s 1979 book Springs of Joy

In celebration of Tasha Tudor Day 2022, we’re hosting a giveaway! Four winners will receive a bundle that includes the last four issues of the Journal of the Tasha Tudor Society as well as one first edition out-of-print book.

To enter, follow the Tasha Tudor Society on Facebook and/or Instagram and tag a friend. You are encouraged to share a favorite Tasha Tudor memory, book or other way that she inspires you.

If social media isn’t for you, you still have a chance to enter! Simply enter your name and info at the link below.

Giveaway remains open until midnight on August 28th. Open to US recipients only.

Each winner will also receive a first edition copy of Wings from the Wind, Drawn from New England, Tasha Tudor’s Favorite Stories or The Springs of Joy, selected at random. Special thanks to longtime member Donna Sypniewski for generously donating these books.

Tasha Tudor Day Turns Fourteen

About fourteen years ago, Tasha Tudor admirer Clarice Fox-Hughes of the Storybook Woods blog, dubbed Tasha Tudor’s August 28th birthday Tasha Tudor Day. She said “Really I would love it if the whole world would stop and remember her. This could simply be sitting in your garden with a cup of tea, reading her books, doing a sketch or just stopping to smell the roses. On Tasha Tudor’s birthday, let us all remember her and how she has inspired us to live.” Her idea caught on and people the world over began celebrating Tasha’s birthday.

This year, on what would have been Tasha Tudor’s 107th birthday, we encourage you to reflect on what Tasha’s life meant to you. You may wish to pull out her books, whether you have one title or a large pile, and sink into their pages once again. Perhaps make a pot of tea and take a moment to look upon all the good in your life with Tasha’s example of ‘taking joy.’

Tasha Tudor illustration of a white one-layer birthday cake with short white candles alight.
from Tasha’s 1956 book 1 is One

Or if you prefer a more lively celebration, gather friends and loved ones to make a craft, enjoy cake, ice tea and watch the documentary Take Joy

If you are fortunate to live near one of our existing Chapters, you are invited to join in the festivities. Remember, you do not need to be a member to participate. 

Tasha Tudor Day Events

The following Tasha Tudor Society events are scheduled this year:

August 28, 2022 *Lancaster, PA* Luncheon Tea and tour, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum.  Please RSVP by August 12. For information contact Julia Marsh jmarsh9@verizon.net or 717-432-2190. Organized by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter

August 28, 2022 *Keene, NH* Celebrate Tasha Tudor’s birthday in a big way by exploring a small world. Join us for an exclusive house tour in Keene NH, where our host will share her extensive and breathtaking collection of miniatures, dollhouses and dioramas. After the 1 pm tour, tea and special miniature cookies will be served in her private dining room turned cafe. Space is limited to 12 people. RSVP for details to TashaTudorSocietySNH@gmail.com

Issue #17 Image Identification Winner

In each issue of the Journal of the Tasha Tudor Society, we select an illustration for the back cover and ask our members to identify the Tasha Tudor book it was originally published in. We featured the image below in our most recent issue and were delighted to receive our highest number of submissions ever.

Hint: Dickon visits Mary in Misselthwaite Manor

Our members tell us how much they enjoy paging through their collections looking for the images and inadvertently falling into the pages of Tasha’s storybook world once again. 

We are pleased to announce that the winner, drawn at random, is Hilve Firek from Virginia. She will receive a copy of The Secret Garden. 

Hilve writes “I can’t tell you how excited I am!!!!!!! I have a signed copy that is very worn, and I hate using it, but I love to read and re-read this book! Thank you very, very much!”

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries and congratulations to Hilve! 

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.