Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace

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

Description from GoodReads:

Betsy, Tacy, and Tib are twelve–old enough to do lots of things…even go downtown on their own. There they see their first horseless carriage, discover the joys of the public library, and see a real play at the Opera House. They even find themselves acting in one! Best of all, they help a lonely new friend feel at home in Deep Valley–the most wonderful place in the world to grow up. Ever since their first publication in the 1940s, the Betsy-Tacy stories have been loved by each generation of young readers.

I enjoyed this Betsy-Tacy book immensely!  Now that the girls are twelve, they are enjoying their freedom and learning more about themselves and other people.  Betsy’s mother recognizes Betsy’s writing talent and need for her own space, so she helps Betsy set up her own writing desk.  Despite her mother’s opinion of Mrs. Poppy, the wife of the local wealthy car-owner, Betsy gets to know Mrs. Poppy and learns what a lovely, caring woman she is.  I loved this quiet demonstration of Betsy’s growing independence.  It was great fun to experience Betsy and Tacy’s first real theatrical performance through their eyes, and thrilling when Betsy’s parents encourage her to frequent the new Carnegie library in town.

Maud Hart Lovelace had a real talent for writing the girls in a very honest way.  They never act out of the ordinary for girls their age.

I am putting the Betsy-Tacy books aside for the time being so I can read other books, but I have purchased the rest of the series to I have them at hand when I want to jump back in, which I look forward to doing.

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