Oh, to have my mother’s copy of BECKY’S CHRISTMAS! But I parted with it several years after Mom died, along with BECKY’S BIRTHDAY and my original artwork by Tasha Tudor, selling them on Ebay. I bid adieu because of fear something could happen to me & they’d either not end up with people who truly cared about them, who understood their deep worth, or be thrown out.
Tasha wrote & lovingly illustrated Becky’s Birthday first, in 1960 – a recounting of an actual birthday celebration for one of Tasha’s children. Becky’s Christmas was written the next year, with the same magic.
Over the late 1960s & through the 1970s, the three Lockhart Ladies became pleasant acquaintances of Tasha’s, through her dear friend & trusted art dealer, Ned Hills, who featured her books & artwork at his magical shop & cozy restaurant, the Dutch Inn in Mill Hall, PA. We’d travel the several hours from Bryn Athyn to the Dutch Inn at least once, sometimes twice a year – we always went when Professor Hills (professor emeritus across the river from Mill Hall, at Lock Haven University) hosted a book signing with Tasha. In the 1980s, a friend & I went to BLOOMINGDALE’s – in Manhattan! – for a Tasha Tudor signing!
Christmas & Tasha Tudor – both fill my heart with joy!