Betsy-Tacy & Betsy-Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace

Betsy-Tacy and Betsy-Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace: read in October, 2009, copy checked out from my local library

Description from Goodreads for Betsy-Tacy:

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 become 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.

Description from Goodreads for Betsy-Tacy and Tib:

Betsy and Tacy are best friends. Then Tib moves into the neighborhood and the three of them start to play together. The grown-ups think they will quarrel, but they don’t. Sometimes they quarrel with Betsy’s and Tacy’s bossy big sisters, but they never quarrel among themselves.

They are not as good as they might be. They cook up awful messes in the kitchen, throw mud on each other and pretend to be beggars, and cut off each other’s hair. But Betsy, Tacy, and Tib always manage to have a good time.

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

Ben and I became friends in college, and we shared a love of many things – certain friends, My So-Called Life, reading, procrastinating on work for our English classes (oh wait, that was just me, and he’d always help me cram), Anne of Green Gables.  When we talked about our favorite childhood books, though, we had our differences after Anne.  I loved the Trixie Belden series, but he raved about the Betsy-Tacy books.  I never felt a desire to hunt them down until earlier this year, when I learned they were being re-published.  So, Ben, this and future Betsy-Tacy reviews are for you.

I’ve read the first two books of the series and, so far, I am growing fond of these books.  I like that the books seem to be written for the age level the characters are, so the books grow with the reader.  Betsy and Tacy are both charming little girls, who are good but do still get into a little trouble at times.  The books are set at the turn of the century (the 1900s) and while they don’t have the modern conveniences of TV, cell phones, and computers, I think young children will still relate to the friendship between the girls and how they use their imagination to create their fun.

Young readers who like the Little House or Anne books will be just as charmed with these.  I can’t wait to read further in the series as I’ve heard the books get even better as the girls get older.

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2 responses to “Betsy-Tacy & Betsy-Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace

  1. keep reading (and reviewing!) they get better and better, and as you noted, they progress in complexity as Betsy gets older. The high school ones are THE BEST!

  2. Ben

    Thanks for the dedication. We also both love Jake.

    Wait ’til Heaven to Betsy, where high school becomes–well, heaven to Betsy; the antithesis of Angela and her So-Called Life. Yet you still gotta love her.

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