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.