Tasha Tudor

She was a weaver, seamstress, candlemaker, goat farmer and gardener. Children's-book illustrator Tasha Tudor, who died on June 18 at age 92 at her home in rural Vermont, was a master of rusticity. But first she was a painter, bringing to life scenes of nature and children inspired by her beloved New England.

Her work is steeped in loopy sweetness, from her first book, Pumpkin Moonshine (1938), in which tiny Sylvie Ann must roll a giant pumpkin across a field, to her last, Corgiville Christmas (2003), which depicts short-limbed pooches preparing for the holidays with amazing dexterity.

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