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Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
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Dec 04, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-grade
Read in December, 2010

Even though my elementary school library had the whole series, I never read any of the Betsy-Tacy books as a kid because I thought the titles sounded girly and babyish. I guess I missed out! I just read the first book out of curiosity at age 26 and discovered that Betsy-Tacy is a delightful kind of spun-sugar retelling of the author's girlhood adventures in turn of the century Minessota. Betsy, the main character, is based on the author herself, and Tacy, whose name provides the other half of the book's title, is her best friend (and here I always assumed that "Betsy-Tacy" was just one girl with a silly name). The story centers on the two girls' friendship, their explorations of their (extremely WASPy) neighborhood, lives with their families, first experiences at school, and the stories they dream up. I can't quite think of how to describe it--it's sweeter than the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, not as fantasy-laden as Winnie the Pooh, and not as programmatic and plot-driven as the American Girl books. It's just . . . cute as a button. If I had very young children, I would probably read this book to them.

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message 1: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth "and here I always assumed that "Betsy-Tacy" was just one girl with a silly name"

That was my assumption, too! (I've never read these books either, so hey, I learned something new.)

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