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A Is for Annabelle: A Doll's Alphabet

Updated on May 16, 2015
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Tasha Tudor's Classic Picture Book

Who can resist Tasha Tudor's lovely illustrations? This ABC book starts with Annabelle, the antique doll, and goes on to show her bonnet, cape, and wonderful clothes and accessories.

I loved this book when I was little. The idea of a doll having her own trunk really intrigued me in the late 1950s. Everyone was getting those ballerina dolls, but I wanted an old-fashioned doll like Annabelle. My mother must have liked it too, as she sewed up a wardrobe from scraps to transform my sister's doll into one like Annabelle.

Treat your little one to this book and start them on the path to enjoying and treasuring things from the past. (my review from Amazon)

The photo shows my sister's doll dressed in an outfit my mother made for her.

The book is still in print

A is for Annabelle: A Doll's Alphabet (Tasha Tudor Collection)
A is for Annabelle: A Doll's Alphabet (Tasha Tudor Collection)

"This is a book I remember from my childhood. It was the first friend I found at the library. Learning to read was very hard for me but I wanted to be able to read this book so much I keep trying. My daughter also loved this book. She is already planing to share it with her daughter and granddaughter some distant day. This book has also inspired a doll colection of hers. Tasha Tudor's soft, rich illustrations inspire lingering over. This book is for the 4-6 set what "The Secret Garden" and "Anne of Green Gables" are for older girls, pure girlhood, classic literature. Don't miss putting this one on the shelf of your little one." - review by DS Acton

 

Make clothes for your doll like Annabelle's wardrobe

My mother used material left from curtains to make dresses for my sister's doll. The doll's name was Belinda and to my eyes she looked a lot like Annabelle in the book by Tasha Tudor. The outfits she made were suitable for a vintage doll. Probably the closest dolls available now would be the American Girl series and their books.

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Graphic from Zazzle: Learning To Sew by tnmpastperfect

My Sister's Toni Doll in the Dress My Mother Made

I found the straw hat for the doll at Colonial Williamsburg. My mother made the dress.
I found the straw hat for the doll at Colonial Williamsburg. My mother made the dress. | Source

Here's a trunk for your doll's clothing

Annabelle had a vintage trunk to keep her lovely dresses in. I thought it was marvelous. You can find vintage style trunks, either humpback or square at places like Michaels.

Finding Tasha Tudor Items on eBay or Amazon

You'll find prints, first edition books and other rare pieces relating to Tasha Tudor. Good luck with your bidding!

Amazon carries books about Tasha Tudor's interesting life. She dressed herself and her children in clothing styles from a previous century. They lived a lifestyle that New Englanders of long ago lived. This provided the inspiration for her painting and her books.

Learn about Tasha Tudor's art

The Art of Tasha Tudor
The Art of Tasha Tudor

Written by a former business partner of Tasha Tudor, this includes samples of her art and some you've never seen before from her sketchbooks. Learn more about her life and not just the public persona previously shown.

 

Dolls with China Heads and Cloth Bodies

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Dolls and Accessories - by American Girl

This is the closest thing to A Is for Annabelle that is available today. These can be bought from Amazon.

Girls from Many Lands Doll - Cecile

9 inch Cecile Doll - Girls of Many Lands
9 inch Cecile Doll - Girls of Many Lands

Cecile comes with her own book and a stand to display her.

 

Dolls with China Heads Like the Doll from A Is For Annabelle

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A Tea Set for a Doll

18” Doll Antique Rose Fine China Service for Two Tea Set, Kitchen Dish Accessory Tea Party Accessory for American Girl Doll Furniture and Accessories
18” Doll Antique Rose Fine China Service for Two Tea Set, Kitchen Dish Accessory Tea Party Accessory for American Girl Doll Furniture and Accessories

Little girls love to have tea parties for their dolls. They can serve cookies and drink juice poured from their teapot. What a lovely way to play.

 

The Value of an Original Watercolor - by Tasha Tudor

Don't you love Antiques Roadshow! This one shows an antiques expert evaluating some Tasha Tudor original art pieces. The owner is shocked at the value of the art she owns.

Antiques Roadshow - Tasha Tudor Art

Vintage Dolls to Cherish - Toni dolls like my sister's doll are available on eBay

Perhaps you'd like a vintage doll like Annabelle. Take a look at these Toni dolls being auctioned on eBay.

I bought one for myself and have had a lot of fun creating a wardrobe for her. My husband thinks I'm going into my second childhood. Perhaps I am.

Vintage Children Playing with a Doll

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Graphic from Zazzle of Little Girls Playing with Doll by grandhelm

© 2010 Virginia Allain

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