A Time to Keep: The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays

A Time to Keep: The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays

by Tasha Tudor


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A beautifully-illustrated classic about all the best times of year.

There were homemade valentines and Easter eggs, Fourth of July picnics and family birthdays. Thanksgiving brought visits from relatives—so many, the children had to sleep in the barn! And finally, there was Christmas, the best of all “times to keep,” with handmade presents, an Advent calendar, and a “beautiful tree in a shine of candles.”

Month by month, Tasha Tudor’s delicate illustrations bring to life the holidays of an earlier time. A warm-hearted celebration of family and tradition, this treasury of “times to keep” will be cherished and enjoyed all year long.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689811623
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 11/01/1996
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 348,437
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tasha Tudor (1915–2008) was a Caldecott artist with more than ninety books to her credit. She was known across the world for her glowing watercolor depictions of the American rural scene of a century ago and for her exquisite paintings of children, flowers, and animals. Tasha Tudor was also the illustrator of A Child’s Garden of Verses, The Night Before Christmas, The Springs of Joy, A Tale for Easter, A Time to Keep, The Dolls’ Christmas, All for Love, Pumpkin Moonshine, A is for Annabelle, and 1 is One, a Caldecott Honor Book.

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A Time to Keep; The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Treeseed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This delightful book of holidays begins when a little girl asks, "Granny, what was it like when Mummy was me?" Tasha Tudor goes on to treat us to a year's worth of wonderful holiday traditions from her life in New England. Charming quotations from literature open each month and herbaceous borders surround each page of nostalgic illustrations depicting myriad family celebrations. The borders start with brown and frozen grasses and flowers festooned with icicles that bud on subsequent pages and send out catkins, then blossoms, then flowers and leaves, then fruits, all in splendid realistic detail. The pictures invite one warmly into the fun and rekindle one's own memories. Tasha reminds us of the delicious foods, the antics of the children, the activities and games, the decorations, the weather, the homespun plays and puppet shows, and the joyful seasonal work. We see big families caught up in living through the wonders of the wheel of the year. Holidays are depicted as the accents to each season, but equally important are the birthdays, the county fairs, cider and maple syrup making time. The people and animals from Tasha Tudor's own experience grace these lovely pages and offer us a glimpse into lives that are filled with love and wonder and appreciation for the beautiful and gentle nuances of living the good life. Simplicity and tradition make the holidays magical and we can all take our cue from this wonderful book and re-examine how we celebrate our traditional holidays. Co-operation and sharing the workload seems to have eliminated stress in these pictures. Creativity and family participation take the place of materialism. Home crafts and delightful cooking and a visible delight in children seem to have banished excessive "partying" and keep the focus on love, comfort, and gratitude. This book is such a treat and it is virtually guaranteed to help put whatever holidays you celebrate into thoughtful perspective.
Eurydice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A childhood favorite. The illustrations have a winsome and rustic beauty and vitality. There's a pervasive appreciation for not only the nostalgic and often unattainable ways in which Tudor's family once celebrated - but for each season and pretext for celebrating, as well. It is a book which, in its minor way, visibly incarnates living with joy; it captures a sense of involvement and anticipation. The enchantment its pages held for me either echoes or helped to make my own childhood enchantment with the world.
Antje More than 1 year ago
I think its a must have for every family! The lovely pictures support the nicely described holiday traditions.
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