a is for annabelle

March 16, 2015

I can't believe that this book has never been on the blog before. We've had it since Julia was two. My sis-in-law gave us 'A is for Annabelle - A Doll's Alphabet' by Tasha Tudor, and it's been a treasured member of our book collection ever since.

If you've been hanging with me for awhile, you know that I have a right proper Tasha Tudor obsession. Maaaaaaannnny of her books have been featured on the blog. I truly believe that you will never find a children's lit artist who conveys more old fashioned charm in her works.

Winter is not a season I'm a fan of, and summer is ok simply because it's nice out, but it's fall and spring seasons that really float my boat. Spring is just so.....SPRINGY. And fresh and dafodilly and posyfied and lilac-y and umbrella-ish, and hot cross bun-ny and open-all-the-windowsy. And while this book is beautiful to look at any time of year, I think it's particularly gorgeous to have out in the springtime.

(how pretty would this be in an Easter basket???? i'm obsessed now with putting beautiful books in Easter baskets!)

No one draws the world of all things doll better than Tasha.


This is such a lovely and unusual way of featuring the alphabet! Two little girls are gifted with their grandmother's heirloom dolly. The entire alphabet showcases the clothing and accessories adorning the doll.

Never was a doll so gorgeously outfitted! Muffs, earrings, fans, leather gloves, feathered hats, shawls, kerchiefs and lockets and parasols. And a TIPPET, which appears to be a fancy over-cloak thingamabobbin. I think tippets should totally come back in fashion.

If you've been in search for something new in the well worn alphabet genre, this is the book for you! Especially if you've been yearning for something truly special. Every page is a thing of beauty.

Such a treasure. I really don't have too much else to say other than how this is a simply lovely lovely book that would make the perfect Easter or spring gift. It's more than worthy to be part of a home collection - if you're a Tasha Tudor fan but 'A is for Annabelle' has passed you by, you must go and find it!

Oh how I WISH I had a doll like this, with her own trunk of clothes! Can you imagine? I think I would change her outfits seventeen million times a day.




14 comments:

  1. So lovely! I almost ordered this for my niece when she was born (her name is ever so similar to "Annabelle"), but for some reason, I never did. She's 3 1/2 now.

    I'm allergic to spring in Kansas. It was 80 degrees yesterday, which just seems wrong for March. Mr. B keeps trying to open the house at night, but I keep waking up and shutting windows, because I'm snotty and sneezing and no amount of allergy meds will take care of it. Poo.

    ReplyDelete
  2. oh sweet D! i've been sneezing too. i'm allergic to nature! ha ha ha. 80 does seem wacky for March, that sounds like those poor Californians! I think you should go ahead and get the book for your niece, she's getting to be the perfect age! this book would be wasted on babies.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Maybe I should buy it for myself simply because it has my name in the title ;)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Tasha Tudor always makes my heart flutter a little, this is gorgeous! My mother's doll as a little girl was a china doll named "Bittersweet" that I was lucky enough to play with as a little girl too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. oh wow. where did it go? does anyone in your family still have it?

      Delete
    2. No, unfortunately we lost it in a fire. I remember being devastated when I realized it was one of the many things that burned.

      Delete
  5. I am proudly crowing with great glee that I have this book too! I could tell a lie and say I bought it for Angélique but really and truly I purchased it for ME!

    Stephanie xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. darling Stephanie, if I were to put all of Julia's books on the floor and sort them as to who I really purchased them for....well let's just say that the Melissa pile would TRIPLE TOWER over the Julia pile. :) And that's ok!!

      Delete
  6. What a darling little book! And yes I totally know what you mean by spending the whole day changing her outfit! They used to make very elaborate clothes for dolls back in the days! I am so glad you posted about this! I will try to find this book!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. oh sweet friend, you who loves dolls, you would love this book SO much!

      Delete
  7. I have quite a fondness for Tasha Tudor. Her books are lovely! I'm surprised I haven't seen this one before. I'll have to keep an eye out for a copy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh they are!! so lovely. this one is a must for any Tasha lover, truly. :)

      Delete

Comments TOTALLY make my day! Let's keep everything friendly and polite and 'use our tea party manners :)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...