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Three stories about an unusual and mischievous creature that lives in the woods near a summer camp and whose companions are the Range Ranger and a witch
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Jane Shaw Ward entranced children of all ages from the Rocky Mountains to China, from Paris to California, with her unique and delightful Tajar Tales. By popular demand they were written down in the 1920's and they have delighted more than four generations of children. Miss Ward grew up in Colorado where the Tajar was born in a childrens camp. For two decades, Miss Ward worked in China with the YWCA. She then studied social work in Paris and in Pittsburgh. Before retiring, she was a member of the faculty of the School of Social Work at UCLA. A copy of the very first printing of The Tajar Tales can be found in the UCLA reference library. It was published in 1921 (without illustrations) in Shanghai, China, by Mrs. William Shaw WardFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4-Some stories do not translate into print with the same grace and verve that they have when told orally. Tajar tales, which originated as spoken tales at a camp and were first published in 1924, fall into that class. They feature a creature said to be "something like a tiger, and something like a jaguar, and something like a badger," who definitely cannot stay out of trouble, plus an old witch and the authority figure, the Range Ranger, a vindictive character who metes out punishments in every chapter. There is a lot of nonsensical double talk that just doesn't work. The characters lack depth, and the plots wander aimlessly, only occasionally stumbling onto something interesting. The watercolor-washed ink illustrations have an old-fashioned quality that is very charming. The pages have plenty of white space, and the overall look is attractive. Tajar appears to be an engaging character. Too bad he doesn't get support from the text to prove it.
Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
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