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“Some characters become your friends for life. That’s how it was for me with Betsy-Tacy.” (Judy Blume)

“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)

“Betsy-Tacy fans never die. They just reread.” (Anna Quindlen)

“Betsy was a high-school junior when automobiles were new...but her problems were much the same as her modern high-school sisters.” (Chicago Sun)

“Family loyalty and the devotion of friends to one another, which for me are the defining characteristics of the Betsy-Tacy stories.” (Esther Hautzig, award-winning author, former Director of Children's Book Promotion for Thomas Y. Crowell Co., and former publicist for Betsy's Wedding in 1955)

“I am fairly certain that my independent, high-spirited grandmother must have had a childhood similar to Betsy Ray’s…As I read..., I felt that I was having an unexpected and welcome peek into Granny’s childhood—a gift to me from Maud Hart Lovelace.” (Ann M. Martin, creator/author of The Baby-sitter's Club)

“I now realize that one of the reasons I believed I could someday become a writer was because of Betsy’s own infallible confidence that she would be a writer. (Mary Kay Andews, New York Times Bestselling Author)

“When I was growing up in the Bronx, I had lots of friends. But the girls I most enjoyed spending time with were Betsy, Tacy and Tib . . . three girls full of good ideas, adventures and fun.” (Johanna Hurwitz, award-winning author of more than sixty popular books for young readers)

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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, the moment Betsy meets Tacy, one of the most heartfelt friendships in all of children’s literature begins.

The Betsy-Tacy Treasury brings together the first four books in Maud Hart Lovelace’s classic series: Betsy-Tacy; Betsy, Tacy and Tib; Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill; and Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown. Tracing the girls’ lives from early childhood to the brink of adolescence, Lovelace illuminates their innocent, mischievous fun and their eye-opening adventures exploring the world around them—from the stories Betsy spins from their neighborhood bench and the sand stores they run in their backyards, to their first experiences at the library, the thrill of the theater, and the sight of their first automobile.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062095870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062095879
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
It's not very well spelled out, but this book contains the first four books of the series: Betsy-Tacy, Betsy-Tacy and Tib, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, and Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown. It would be great to have all of these in the same volume, but it might get a little heavy if you are reading chapter a day to your munchkin. Of course, it's hard to go wrong with anything Betsy and Tacy.

The first four books are appropriate for your 6-12 year old. The language is a little flowery for younger readers - my 6 yo was impatient for the action to get started so we had to wait another year. By then she was ready to listen to all four books. She loved the friendship between the girls as much as I did. The details of a turn of the (20th) century childhood struck a chord for my turn of the century (21st) child - especially reading in a tree with a pillow. Sadly, today's kids don't range on foot to the next town over anymore. Some details may spark some interesting discussions - the play Uncle Tom's Cabin comes to town. You may want to be prepared to summarize the plot. We ended up talking a little about slavery the second time we read these books.

I warmly recommend the rest of the books. They only get better and better. Betsy is a great character, a girl with great friends that grows into a questioning teenager (still with great friends), an adventurous college student, and an employed adult. She has options, charts a course, and finds her way with a little help from her buddies. Isn't that what we'd all like for our daughters?

UPDATE: I'm happy to see that this collection has received an updated cover and a better description that mentions there are four books collected in one volume!
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Format: Paperback
I found these books as a little girl at the public library in the early 1970's, reading them in order from the first, easy to read book all the way through to Betsy's wedding. Each book matures with its character, and they are so beautifully done. Betsy, her friends, and her family and community are great role models for girls, and you come to feel like you are one of the friends as you read it. I remember being both gratified and terribly sad when I finished the last book, as I hated to leave everyone. I found them again for my own daughter, who is now in her mid-20s, a Brown University literature graduate, who still loves the books as much as I do. And if you need more encouragement to buy the series for your own daughter for the holidays, The New York Times today noted that Bette Midler, Anna Quindlen, and Nora Ephron are all fans!
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A Kid's Review on May 12, 2008
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These books are amazing. that's almost all there is to say. The characters are great, the plot is great. I can't believe it was all real. I daydream about being Betsy almost every day. If you are looking for a series to read, read these. It doesn't matter how old you are, they're for everyone.
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Format: Paperback
The Betsy-Tacy Treasury is the first four of the Betsy-Tacy books: Betsy-Tacy, Betsy-Tacy and Tib, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, and Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown. Included in the book are great forwards by current authors that are also fans including Judy Blume, Ann M. Martin, and Johanna Hurwitz. There are also sections at the end with background about Maud Hart Lovelace, illustrator Lois Lenski, and each of the four books included. I loved all of this information and found it very interesting. Also interesting was the praise at the beginning of the book for Maud Hart Lovelace from such personalities as Anna Quindlen, Meg Cabot, Laura Lippman, Bette Midler, Nora Ephron, Lorna Landvick, etc. In particular, Anna Quindlen stated, "There are three authors whose body of work I have reread more than once in my adult life: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Maud Hart Lovelace." This is praise indeed!

Was this book truly worthy of all of this praise? I am more than happy to say a very emphatic "YES!" By the end of the first book, I had fallen in love with Betsy Ray and Tacy Kelly and their world in Deep Valley, Minnesota. Deep Valley is the Mankato of Lovelace's childhood around the turn of the nineteenth century. (For fellow Little House on the Prairie TV series fans, this is the same Mankato that characters from Walnut Grove visit to get trade goods.)

Five-year old Betsy is excited when a new family with lots of children moves into the house across the street. One girl appears to be her age. After a slight misunderstanding, they soon become fast friends and the people of Hill Street and Deep Valley can't remember a time when Betsy-Tacy were not friends. Soon a new girl moves in to the chocolate house on the way to school, and Tib becomes their fast friend.
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Format: Hardcover
As a child growing up, I was an avid reader. I began reading the "Betsy-Tacy" books when the school librarian introduced me to the series. This is a wonderful series showing the life of the main chracter, Betsy. I can remember devouring each of the books. Now that I am a teacher and a mother, I can't wait to find and purchase the books for my daughter and my classroom library. In today's society of technology and media, this is a wonderful collection of old fashioned, classic stories.
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