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The Betsy-Tacy Treasury: The First Four Betsy-Tacy Books Paperback – November 8, 2011
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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)
“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)
From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My mother read me these stories as a child, and now I'm reading them to my daughter. In my opinion these are the best books to read with your child, especially little girls. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Lisa Hoffstot
I was very disappointed with this whistle. It came in speedy arrival but did not work. It's not worth the money to return. Don't waste your money.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This review is by Genevieve, age 8.
I thought all of the books in this series are good, but Book 3 had a 7/8 year old girl hurting a goat. Read more
Such a sweet, sweet book! Makes for a wonderful read aloud book for younger children.Published 3 months ago by N. S.
LOVE Maud Hart Lovelace and the Betsy-Tacy series. It's so refreshing to go back to a time when things were much simpler, naive and idyllic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MysteryousTraveler
My children LOVE Betsy-Tacy stories. We read a delightful chapter at bedtime. Perfect for little ones - no major conflicts, some mischief, some adventure, lots of good values. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vanessa
I loved these as much at age 68 as I did at age 10! (maybe even more) This is the first time I've reread a book that I read in my childhood. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cynthia J. Cain
this book was really good. some parts were hard to understand because it was written so long ago.overall a great book.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer