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Betsy-Tacy Paperback – August 14, 2007
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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.
In addition to illustrating the first four Betsy-Tacy books, Lois Lenski (1893-1974) was the 1946 Newberry Medal winning author of Strawberry Girl.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These books were so important to me as a child, and I am now in the process of reading them to my 5 year old son. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Natalie
Betsy - Tacy starts when a girl named Tacy move in the house across the street during winter. Betsy (who is very happy someone her own age is nearby) comes over to her to talk,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Catherine Ashby
My daughter and I both loved reading this book. She is 5 and so is Betsy and Tacy which made it even better. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nic
Re-read this as an adult. I had forgotten how gentle yet imaginative these books are. Can't imagine a child of today enjoying these books, but I did both then and now.Published 2 months ago by omnivorous Reader 42
Bought this book for a young friend of mine. Her mom is reading it to her now and said they are both enjoying it.Published 5 months ago by Datha
I loved the Betsy-Tacy books, when I was growing up, and had to have this!Published 5 months ago by dollfriend
I loved these books as a young person and I give at least one to every generation. This one went to my great granddaughter. I hope she enjoys it as much as I did. Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Wright