Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace

Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace; read in January, 2010. Copy checked out from my local library.

Description from Good Reads:

Betsy, Tacy, and Tib can’t wait to be ten. After all, getting two numbers in your age is the beginning of growing up–exciting things are bound to happen. And they do! The girls fall in love with the King of Spain, perform in the School Entertainment, and for the first time, go all the way over the Big Hill to Little Syria by themselves. There Betsy, Tacy, and Tib make new friends and learn a thing or two. They learn that new Americans are sometimes the best Americans. And they learn that they themselves wouldn’t want to be anything else.

I adored this Betsy-Tacy book!  The three girls are growing up and for just a few days, they allow themselves to get caught up in acting older but quickly forget this.  Part of the focus of the book is on the school entertainment where Betsy and Tacy dress as cats and sing, and Tib does something called the “baby dance.”  The girls also branch out of their neighborhood into a local immigrant community where they meet a girl their own age.  Their paths cross several times in the book and although the girl cannot speak English, they become friends.  Betsy, Tacy, and Tib embrace the differences in the cultures and appreciate how they are all Americans.

Sometimes, the Betsy Tacy books show their age (seen in the next book in the series) but often the books show how no matter when we grew up or where we are from, some things about being human will always be there.

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One response to “Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace

  1. I’ve been trying to sell Lovelace this week, but I’m not getting any takers. Historical fiction comes and goes, I think. I do love these books, and I always tell students that if they read them and are compelled to make fudge, they have to bring me some!

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