Thursday, June 26, 2008

Remembering Tasha Tudor

"Award-winning author and illustrator Tasha Tudor died yesterday (June 18, 2008) at the age of 92 at her home in Marlboro, Vermont. On her farm, she lived an 1830s life of self-sufficiency. Tasha Tudor’s close to 100 books included Mother Goose, a Caldecott Honor Book in 1945, and 1 Is One, a Caldecott Honor Book in 1957. Her family has created an online memorial page that will remain online until July 1, 2009Plans are underway for a Tasha Tudor Museum"

Years ago we bought a small golden retriever puppy. She was the runt of the litter, small, golden and full of life for my three boys. She came with papers and her legal name was Pumpkin Moonshine from a book by Tasha Tudor. She grew up to be in love with the boys, but I think Aaron loved her most of all. They hunted together, fished together, even played baseball together. I loved having another 'female' in the house!

When the boys all went off to college she wept for them in the saddest, sweetest way. It broke my heart. She knew things were changing. She is buried out on the farm.

I have all of Tasha Tudor's books and still make her apple crisp. I especially loved pulling the books out in the Autumn and reading to my sons.

She lived a wonderful long and productive life. The world is a better place because she lived her.

Lou Ann

1 comment:

Kathy said...

I remember Pumpkin Moonshine, but never knew how she got her name. What a lovely story. Have not read her books. Will have to check her out! Thanks for sharing. Hope your summer is going slowly and yet meaningfully.