Monday, June 23, 2008

Tasha Tudor: It is healthful to sleep in a featherbed with your nose pointing north

Today we mourn the death of Tasha Tudor, an amazing illustrator who illustrated over 100 books, according to her New York Times obituary. The obit also has more on her unconventional, original life; the title of this post is advice she gave to the Times in 1977.

Aside from her classic illustrations for The Secret Garden, one of my favorites is A Brighter Garden, poems of Emily Dickinson with lush, green illustrations by Tudor. Who could ask for a better author/illustrator combo?

Although I have to say I'd love to see Maurice Sendak take a crack at Dickinson.

And, she's not a children's writer, but we also mourn the death of wonderful poet Aleda Shirley.