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Betsy-Tacy (Betsy-Tacy Books Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maud Hart Lovelace , Lois Lenski
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Book Description

Best Friends Forever

There are lots of children on Hill Street, but no little girls Betsy's age. So when a new family moves into the house across the street, Betsy hopes they will have a little girl she can play with. Sure enough, they do—a little girl named Tacy. And from the moment they meet at Betsy's fifth birthday party, Betsy and Tacy becoms such good friends that everyone starts to think of them as one person—Betsy-Tacy.

Betsy and Tacy have lots of fun together. They make a playhouse from a piano box, have a sand store, and dress up and go calling. And one day, they come home to a wonderful surprise—a new friend named Tib.

Ever since their first publication in the 1940's, the Betsy-Tacy stories have been loved by each generation of young readers.

Editorial Reviews


"I read every one of these Betsy-Tacy-Tib books twice. I loved them as a child, as a young adult, and now, reading them with my daughter, as a mother. What a wonderful world it was!" -- Bette Midler, actor and singer

About the Author

Maud Hart Lovelace (1892-1980) based her Betsy-Tacy series on her own childhood. Her series still boasts legions of fans, many of whom are members of the Betsy-Tacy Society, a national organization based in Mankato, Minnesota.

Sutton Foster is much-loved by Broadway audiences, having starred in The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, (both performances Tony® nominated), and Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she was awarded the Tony®. She has appeared on HBO's Flight of the Conchords, and Disney Channel's Johnny and the Sprites as Tina.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1439 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0064400964
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK! {:-) August 12, 1999
By A Customer
For my 8th birthday my Mom and Dad gave me the Betsy-Tacy Treasury which contained this book and Betsy-Tacy and Tib, Betsy and Tacy Go Over Big Hill, and Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown. I have just finished the whole thing and now I am 11. I have read it many others times and I find it amazing that I still appciate it at age 11. Whenever we go to the libary I look for smaller printed books but even though this has fairly large print I think it is a wonderful book. I found it when I was in organizing my family's books and started to read it and couldn't put it down. I loved this book and if you do you should read the rest of the Betsy-Tacy book series.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic March 14, 2001
This book begins with a little girl's fifth-birthday party; in my family it has become a tradition to give it to any little girl for her fifth birthday, and it's always wonderful to do so, because you feel you're sharing something really special.
Betsy and Tacy are imaginative and adventuresome and wholly appealing. Though the setting is far removed in time (far, at least for a small child), the characters and situations remain appealing and true, particularly the relationships between younger and older sisters.
This is just an ideal book to read to a child too young to read it -- the series grows with the person, so that after a few years the child can read on her own, and Betsy and Tacy can keep her company all the way through high school.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Book December 27, 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Betsy-Tacy is the first book in the delightful series by Maud Hart Lovelace. Five-year-old Betsy longs for a best friend and finds one when Tacy moves in across the street. Together they have many adventures, including going on picnics, selling sand, playing with paper dolls, going "calling" on neighbors, climbing The Big Hill, and going to school for the first time.

The Betsy-Tacy books were partially autobiographical and Lovelace perfectly captures the innocence and magic of childhood. Betsy's imaginative stories, such as riding a feather, are delightful. Even though they are children, Betsy and Tacy's lives are, as in real life, not always happy. The death of Tacy's baby sister, left tears in my eyes yet joy at the innocence of youth as Betsy and Tacy leave an Easter Egg in a tree with the belief that a bird will carry it up to Heaven and give it to Tacy's sister.

I loved these books as a child and I'm happy to say I still love them as an adult. This is a great book for young and old.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series of books, however... September 15, 2006
I was recently reminded of the Betsy-Tacy books I loved so much when I was a young girl. You can not imagine my horror at seeing the current editions' illustrations of the girls, though. Part of the original books' charm was the simple illustrations. Whoever decided to change them should be ashamed. Ashamed and fired. Seriously.

Contact me if you want to join a campaign to have the real drawings returned to future editions of these timeless classics so many of us loved so much.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood classic May 28, 2006
Of all the books I have read as a child, no other book or series have touched me as much as Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy series. I was only seven or eight years old when I started the series, beginning with "Betsy-Tacy".

"Betsy-Tacy" tells the story of how Betsy Ray and Tacy Kelly first met. They were no older than I was when they met. Tacy's family had just moved to Hill Street in Deep Valley, Minnesota. Betsy lived with her parents and older sister Julia. Betsy had felt a bit left out as far as friends was concerned. There were plenty of children of Julia's age or were merely infants but none of Betsy's age. That all changed when Tacy's family moved into town. Initially Betsy's encounter with Tacy was not how Betsy wanted it to be. It wasn't until Betsy's birthday party did the duo become fast friends.

"Betsy-Tacy" remains a personal favorite in the childrens series. It was so well written. Maude Hart Lovelace did a exquisite job at describing the death of Tacy's baby sister which was so real and heartbreaking. I also loved the chapter on the piano box. I just love how Maude Hart Lovelace captured the essence and magic of childhood perfectly. She didn't sugarcoat it nor did she dumb down her stories. I think every little girl could relate to the friendship between Betsy and Tacy (and eventually Tib). I still enjoy picking up "Betsy-Tacy" every now and then when I get too caught up in my own reality.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Hooray!!! I am so thrilled these books are in print again. I read them all (several times!) as a child growing up in the 1960's in a town 30 miles from "Deep Valley", (aka Mankato) Minnesota. I inherited them from my mother's childhood collection. But when I moved to California in 1969 no one had heard of them. My, now 14 year old daughter, read, and re-read the 3-generations-old books and loved them as well! She and I both rejoice to see these timeless stories enjoying a national rebirth. They've even made the movies...Meg Ryan's book store owning character in the 1999 movie "You've Got Mail" refers to Betsy, Tacy and Tib. Maud Hart Lovelace would be pleased and proud!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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When I first discovered these books, I had to order them on inter-library loans...all over the state of California!! Then in about 1994 the books were reprinted!! What joy. I own all 10 of them and Carney's House Party (which I love) and the Horse Cart one (can't think of the name!!) Thanks to Harper-Collins for republishing them. So my advice buy a set for yourself and all the young readers in your life!! Buy them so they won't go out of print again! I love them for the warm homey life they portray and the friendship between the girls. I love the talking about food and picnicing and the family relationships. I am 44, but when I have a sick day, these are the perfect books to reread!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great wholesome book for my daughter
Great wholesome book for my daughter
Published 2 months ago by Mimi7002
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was bought to add to our nine year old granddaughters collection. She loves these books.
Published 5 months ago by Diann Von Wald
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
Makes me really remember what it's like to be a child again. Very easy to slip into Betsy and Tacy's world. Wish I lived there.
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I bought this book for an 8yr old girl for a gift. Later she told me she really liked the book.
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Have loved the entire series for almost 50 years!
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Published 8 months ago by africanjem
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic!
I just got this book for my 9-year-old, going-into-4th-grade daughter and she loved it. I read it years ago and thought it would be a good series for her to start. Read more
Published 9 months ago by KO
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series
My eight year old loves this series, and is on book 9. These were perfect for her to read to herself after we read Anne of Green Gables to her this past month. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mark Fabish
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Chapter Book for Young Children
I love, love, love this book and have given it to several young children for birthday presents. In our house we have read the whole series. Read more
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