Celebrating 25 years of Tashi: A review of the Tashi stories

Celebrating 25 years of Tashi: A review of the Tashi stories

Tashi is loved by children all around the world. He flew into our lives on a swan in 1995 and he’s been keeping his friend Jack company ever since.

Over the past 25 years there have been a myriad of Tashi editions, taking more than 30 stories to 20 countries, and selling over a million books! Once young readers are hooked on Tashi they develop an insatiable appetite for more adventures, and our librarian colleagues tell us that Tashi is enduringly popular and still as relevant today as the tales were 25 years ago.

Tashi is a cheeky little chap who shows resourcefulness, initiative, an adventurous nature and a generosity of spirit. He’s a role model for good behaviour.

His adventures do include lots of bad behaviour though, from evil warlords, robbers and bandits, wicked witches and pirates, just to name a few. Children love exploring right and wrong, testing out their sense of fair play and justice. Every story ends with triumph and happiness.

The stories are inspired by different cultures and mythologies, with family and friendship at the core. Magical elements such as Tashi’s magic shoes, genies, flying carpets, flying phoenix, flying swans and magical white tigers stretch our imaginations to create a rich world.

Anna Fienberg and her mother Barbara created the tales, and enlisted the assistance of Kim Gamble, a talented illustrator who worked with Anna at The School Magazine. Kim created the elf-like character we all recognise as Tashi, giving him a distinctive quiff and an impressive array of beautifully detailed friends and enemies.

Barbara’s own experiences influenced the themes of kindness and empathy that infuse the tales, and the experiences of refugees from post-WW1 Europe inform the stories, making them equally relevant today.

Tashi, the original first story book. has just been released in a beautiful collectible 25th anniversary edition. It contains two different adventures, endpapers showing a map of Tashi’s world and a cloth hardcover.

All 32 Tashi adventures are now available in 4 story collections:

  • Tashi: The Book of Secrets and spells
  • Tashi: The Book of Magnificent Monsters
  • Tashi: The Book of Giant Adventures
  • Tashi: The Book of Magical Mysteries

Each book has ten adventures, which are all fully illustrated. These tales are suitable for newly independent readers, from 5+. The rich language is perfect for reading aloud

Anna continues to work on the Tashi stories, even though Barbara is unwell, and Kim Gamble has passed away. Recently Anna has worked with Arielle and Greer Gamble, Kim’s daughters to create 3 new books for pre-schoolers.

  • Alphabetical Tashi
  • Colours: My First Tashi
  • 1 2 3: My First Tashi

 

Tashi continues to delight children of all ages, drawing them into his world and getting them hooked on reading and collecting all these wonderful adventures for their bookcases.

 

Reviews

Learn to count with Tashi: Sample pages from 1 2 3: My First Tashi

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Learn to count with Tashi: Sample pages from 1 2 3: My First Tashi

Colourfully magical: Preview pages from Colours: My First Tashi

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22 July 2020

Colourfully magical: Preview pages from Colours: My First Tashi

Perfect for pre-schoolers: Preview pages from Alphabetical Tashi

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Perfect for pre-schoolers: Preview pages from Alphabetical Tashi

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Synopsis

A brand-new early learning Tashi book. Learn about colours from Tashi and his friends in this book by Anna and Barbara Fienberg, the authors of the beloved and bestselling series.Tashi is back!In this world of magic and mystery, you can see ... Red Tashi Green Dragon White Tiger Gold Treasure ... and a RAINBOW of fireworks!Learn colours and discover a vibrant world filled with mythical creatures, wild adventures and magic, and a brave and bold boy called Tashi.First published in 1995 and has now achieved classic status with sales of over one million copies.

Synopsis

A brand-new early learning Tashi book. Learn to count with Tashi and his friends in this book featuring everybody's favourite boy from Anna and Barbara Fienberg, the authors of the beloved and bestselling series.Tashi is back!In this world of caves and castles, you can count ... 1 clever Tashi 2 sly demons 3 white tigers 4 flaming dragons 5 round ogres ...Learn your numbers and discover a world filled with mythical creatures, wild adventures and magic, and a brave and bold boy called Tashi.First published in 1995 and has now achieved classic status with sales of over one million copies.

Synopsis

Meet Tashi, everyone's favourite boy, in this alphabetical journey that introduces readers to the wonderful world of Tashi.Tashi is back!In a land far away, you'll find … A boy called Tashi, brave and bold, Baba Yaga the witch, cunning and cold, Chintu the giant, bigger than most, Dragon of fire, who'll turn you to toast!Learn the alphabet and journey through Tashi's world filled with mythical creatures, wild adventures and magic in a story especially created by Anna and Barbara Fienberg with original artwork by the late illustrator Kim Gamble, beautiful restored and rendered by his artist daughters, Arielle and Greer Gamble.First published in 1995 and has now achieved classic status with sales of over one million copies.
Anna Fienberg
About the author

Anna Fienberg

Anna Fienberg grew up in a house filled with books. Her mother was a teacher librarian who relished stories as much as chocolates. 'On Sunday mornings we'd all lie in bed with our books, lost in magical wardrobes, witches’ spells, genies’ magic... What we were going to read next was just as important in our family as what was for lunch!' says Anna.

Anna started writing stories when she was eight, but never imagined being an author. She studied psychology, fascinated by the dark world of dreams. She gave up counselling after an unfortunate incident with an enraged man and a chair (he missed!), began writing and scored the best job in the world. 'Working for School Magazine was a treat,' Anna says. 'I couldn't believe you could get paid for sitting back comfortably in your chair, cappuccino in hand, reading over a thousand books a year. Heaven!' Of course, as an editor she also had to write reviews and articles, stories and plays. One of those stories for School Magazine later became her first book.

Books by Anna Fienberg

Kim Gamble
About the author

Kim Gamble

Kim Gamble was born in Sydney. He moved around, trained as a teacher and worked in a variety of occupations before beginning, at the age of thirty-six, to illustrate stories for children. His first assignment was for the School Magazine, and he continued illustrating stories for the magazine for many years. It was there he met Anna Fienberg, with whom he has since produced more than twenty books, including The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels, the Tashi series and Tashi picture books, the Minton series and a book close to his heart: Joseph. He worked with many authors and illustrated over seventy books in his career.

Books by Kim Gamble

Barbara Fienberg
About the author

Barbara Fienberg

Barbara Fienberg was a teacher-librarian who appreciated the importance of sharing her love of books with her family. She wrote the Tashi stories with her daughter Anna. When Anna was a child, Barbara read bedtime stories to her and they would travel to all the secret places in the world, through books. They started making up the Tashi stories when Barbara remembered how, when she was a child, she used to tell tall stories, creative fibs...whoppers! And kids would crowd around, dying to hear her latest tale.

Books by Barbara Fienberg

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