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Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
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Mar 22, 08

bookshelves: my-childhood-classics
Recommended to Libby by: Ruth Stein, my Bobe
Read in January, 1985

Looking back, I think Betsy-Tacy had a profound effect on my child self's notion of what might be truly important in this world, namely friendship. The events in the Betsy-Tacy books are pretty mundane, unlike those other Minnesota-centric novels I loved as a child (hello, Little House!) but these novels taught me that friendship itself is a gripping story, an adventure, a tool for transforming the quotidian, prosaic everyday world into a secret, magical place.

Maud Hart Lovelace based her novels on her life, and today you can actually visit Mankato, MN (the setting for Betsy-Tacy) and see The Big Hill, Betsy-Tacy's bench, etc. I don't recommend it if you are an inveterate sentimentalist such as myself, because you WILL cry.
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Lisa Vegan I agree with Chandra. But, what's wrong with crying?! It's worth it to have this experience of reading this.


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