Author, illustrator Tasha Tudor dies at age 92

Thursday, June 19
MARLBORO - Internationally-known author and illustrator Tasha Tudor died at her home Wednesday at age 92.

Her death was announced on her Web site,

According to a statement from the family: "We thank you for supporting Tasha Tudor's lifestyle and artwork during her long career. We hope that Tasha's message of 'taking joy' in all that one does will be remembered as we pass through this difficult time together."

Tudor was one of America's best-known and beloved illustrators. Her first little story, "Pumpkin Moonshine," was published in 1938.

Subsequently, she illustrated nearly 100 books, the most recent being "The Corgiville Christmas," in 2003. She had received many awards and honors, including Caldecott Honors for "Mother Goose" and "1 is One." Many of her books are printed in foreign languages and distributed around the world. She also created thousand of Christmas cards, Advent calendars, valentines, posters, and other works.

"Corgiville Fair" was published in 1971 and introduced everyone to the idiosyncratic world of the Corgi dog.

Her Marlboro home, though only 30 years old, feels as though it was built in the 1830s, her favorite time period. Seth Tudor, one of Tasha's four children, built her home using hand tools when Tasha moved to Vermont in the 1970s. Tasha Tudor lived among period antiques, using them in her daily life.

Her books, "Tasha Tudor's Garden," "Tasha Tudor's Heirloom Crafts," "The Private World of Tasha Tudor" and "Drawn from New England" showcased her skills as a garden, craftmaker and cook.

From a young age, Tudor had been interested in the home arts. She excelled in cooking, canning, cheese-making, ice cream making and many other home skills and was renowned for her Afternoon Tea parties.

In summer, she left her art table to spend the season tending her large garden which surrounds her home and has drawn visitors from all over the world.


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