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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689811624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689811623
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This arrived too late for more timely holiday mention but deserves year-round inclusion, pairing Tudor's classic drawings with a treatise on holiday traditions from around the world; from homemade valentines and Easter eggs to family celebrations. -- Midwest Book Review

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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Great children's book.
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This is the most beautiful book and is my favorite Tasha Tudor book.
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My favorite book as a child.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This classic was given to me by my Godparents & I have treasured it from the very beginning. Even as a small girl (7-10) I somehow knew the importance of keeping my book in nice condition. The classic scenes that Tudor paints are from an age that was more simple and one that children are bound to ask there grandparents about. My favorite months are February (with the post office for Valentine's) and August (with the floating candlelit cake).I still have my original book from 1972 and look at the tiny details on each page every now & then. I'm 26 now & I've bought "A Time To Keep" for my friend's daughters & hope they will enjoy it just as much as I have.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on November 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My favorite book as a child. Bar none. It's difficult for me to look at this book today and not be swept over completely by nostalgia and longing. I especially remember the yearning I would feel after reading this book, when little. In this simple story, a little girl asks her grandma what life was like when her mother was a little girl. The grandmother relates the special activities that would occur seasonally, illustrating the children's life during that time. Each month is accompanied by an appropriate quote that sums up the feelings of that time. One month might have a quote from Mother Goose. Another from Geoffrey Chaucer. Children reading this quotes won't know who they are, but they'll enjoy reading such phrases as, "When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock" (James Whitcomb Riley), feeling the emotion behind each quotation.
But it's the storyline that gripped me so tightly as a kid. I wanted to belong to the world Tudor conjured up. An odd period of history that's not quite the pioneer days, but definitely not modern day. Here, people have beetle races and make their own cider. They have sugarhouses and eat maple syrup on the snow (something I always wanted to do). Birthdays are celebrated in mysterious woodland grottos and birthday cakes are sent floating down rivers at night, lit for everyone to see. And of course there are corgis and cats everywhere.
Tudor's illustrations go beyond her scenes. Each picture is contained within beautifully embellished vines that mimic the time of year. Sometimes you'll see red tipped blackbirds flying in the gutters between the pages. Or pussywillows winding about the corners. Then too, the people in these pictures are always having fun.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My mother owned a first printing copy of this book, and I can remember reading it all my life. I was thrilled when I discovered that my mother kept the book all these years, and I was also next to tears when she told me I could keep it, along with the numbers and alphabet books of Tudor's that she had. This book is a celebration of the memories of a happy childhood, and it's appropriate that it was such a huge part of mine. I'm buying a new copy of this book for the children I hope to one day have, while my mom's copy is going to be locked away somewhere safe. This is a truly, thoroughly beautiful book, and one that every family should own.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Griffin on January 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I thought this favorite from my childhood would be great for our girls. But the illustrations are not the same at all. They are fuzzy, oddly colored and lacking in those sharp details I loved. How could I get the 1972 edition?
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