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I is for Inspiration "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest." - C.S. Lewis A by Nicki Burley lphabet books are a tricky business. At first glance, they seem the simplest of children's literature. How could they fail in their sole purpose to teach letters to little ones? And yet they often do, miserably. Whether the artwork is bland, or the rhymes lack rhythm, countless sterile alphabet books have been published and as quickly forgotten. But if ever there was an author who could take "simple" and turn it into timeless magic, it would be Tasha Tudor. Tudor wrote and illustrated the little book A is for Annabelle in 1954. Through well-measured rhyme and gentle watercolor paintings, it tells of two little sisters who like to spend their days playing with Grandmother's doll. Collectors quickly recognize the doll as an early French fashion, in possession of an enviable, extensive 1860s wardrobe with marvelous accessories. At the time the book was published, of course, doll collecting was still a young hobby, and "Annabelle" would have been less than 100 years old. Still, few girls would have had such a doll, to play with unattended...unless they were Tasha's little girls! In A is for Annabelle it is obvious that w e are watching real little girls who have the luxury of time to be imaginative. There are no hovering, helpful, or disapproving adults, just an occasional mouse or cricket. Readers can only glimpse their child-centered world through flower-framed windows, with watercolor illustrations to further soften the view. Sometimes we see the girls dress Annabelle or chat with Using Tudor's book as a model, Marie Scopel created a Modern Doll's Alphabet photo book for her grandchildren, showing dolls playing with today's toys. Photo books like these, offered by several companies, are a beautiful way to share your dolls with family and friends. Mason and Marianna spend a lazy holiday morning in their living room, playing Xbox games, complete with their own miniature controllers. Photos courtesy of Marie Scopel 160 SPRING 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Spring 2014

From the Editor
UFDC Officers and Regional Directors
President's Message
Conference Calendar
Welcome Newer Members
Fundraising Committee Report
Shared Passions - 2014 UFDC Convention
Tasha Tudor + Dolls = Enchanting Art
Early Juneau Bebe Part II
My Dear Hitty
A Capital Affair 2013 Antique Competitive Exhibit Part II
A Capital Affair 2013 Modern Competitive Exhibit Part II
A is for Annabelle - the story of a doll
Annatasha - A Paper Doll
A Visit to the Coleman Collection
Unending Delight - Tasha's World of Dolls
A Capital Affair 2013 Special Exhibit - The Four Seasons of Sandra Sue
A Capital Affair 2013 - Beautiful Boys, Gorgeous Girls - Asian and American BJDs
All About Lavinia Loring, A French Fashion Doll Reprinted from THE LETTER, Volume 3, Number 1, Summer 1983
Life before TV - UFDC Region 1 Conference
Christine Crocker - The Pastoral Dollmaker
Capturing the Classics - The Classic Plaything Collection of Wendy Lawton
The Story of Marjorie Tudor
Behind the Scenes - Regional Director Training
Isn't It Romantic
In a More Romantic Time - A Paper Doll
I is for Inspiration
Judging Dolls in UFDC Competitions
Club Notes
Reviewing Resources
Region Director Candidates
In Our Memories
News & Notes

Doll News Spring 2014