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Betsy-Tacy Paperback – August 14, 2007
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"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.
In addition to illustrating the first four Betsy-Tacy books, Lois Lenski (1893-1974) was the 1946 Newberry Medal winning author of Strawberry Girl.
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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.
"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.
The two lead characters (and later Tib) are well written and easy to connect with. Betsy is full of ideas, bright, and always sees the best in everything. Tacy is shy, bashful, and yet loves to participate in everything Betsy dreams up.
The various adventures they have together stick with you as you grow up and are funny, poignant, and real.
I love this book along with the rest of my family of sisters and nieces. We have all had it read to us and we have read them ourselves. They are such a treasure!