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Capturing the Joy of Childhood

Posted by: Rhonda June 9, 2020

Remembering Tabea (1948 – 2020)

For 34 years, Community Playthings catalogs were instantly recognizable by the whimsical drawings of children that graced the front covers. Many of you have told us how you carefully saved the cover art each year to beautify your walls.

My aunt, Tabea Johnson, who was the artist behind each beautiful cover, passed away last month. A beloved mother, grandmother, early childhood educator, high school counselor, and friend to all, she will be missed by everyone whose lives were touched by her contagious joy in life.

Her drawings, full of color and movement, reflect her deep love and understanding of children. View some of our favorites here.