Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
The title is also misleading, but I ...more
12/2009 This story finds Betsy, Tacy and Tib at ten years old. Their world is getting wider, and they are learning new things. This is the first time that the Lebanese settlement of L ...more
Maud Hart Lovelace is a talented storyteller and she has a vivid recol ...more
Here's an example of a paragraph that put a smile on my face:
"The sooner we don't see them the better, I think," said Betsy gloomily. "Gee whiz!" she added. Betsy very seldom said "Gee whiz!" She was too religious. But it was all she could think of to express her feelings now.
("Them" being their old ...more
"Tacy loved to say 'indeed.'"
Here's a quote from the sentimental Mrs. Kelly that I had never noticed before:
"Mrs. Kelly did not seem to notice the grown-upness. She took Betsy's round red cheeks in her hands and said, 'It's five years today that you and Tacy have been friends.'"
I love Mrs. Kelly. Love that she saves Tacy's shorn curl in a candy box and that she remarks on the longevity of B&T's friendship.
Re-read for the VSC discussion.
Imagine my surprise when what what is over the hill is the neighborhood of Little Syria. And my further surprise when Little Syria and its Syrian immigrants end up being a major story line. How unexpected and wonderful! I love that the real event of the King of Spain assuming power on his 16th birthday in 1902 is included here, and that they all decide they are in love with him. I ...more
When the three girls go over the big hill and meet a little girl who has immigrated from Syria and doesn't speak any English, their warm acceptance of her and her family starts a beautiful chain reaction in the community. I love the way that this series en ...more
This book was just as childish (in a good way) as the first, but with more complex and mature struggles, ideas, and resolutions than the first books. I thought that Betsy, Tacy, and Tib really grew up in this story, they now had a desire for power, love, importance, and beauty. Their quarrel over whether Julia or Tib could be queen wa ...more
It's interesting to compare Maud Hart Lovelace's handling of patriotism to that of Laura Ingalls Wilder. W ...more
"I'm glad Tib stood up for the little Syrian girl. Foreign people should not be treated like that. America is made up of foreign people."
And after the Syrians showed their pride in living in America: "Julia said soberly, 'They think a lot of being Americans, don't they?' 'They certainly do,' Katie answered. 'Boys like ...more
I feel it may be her best story. Rather then being a series of vignettes, as most of her books are, it tells a lovely concise story about the Syrian refugee camp that the girls visit. And what they find there is what one finds at any Minnesota refugee camp: pure good hearted Christians who take Betsy, Tacy and Tib into their c ...more
As a child I only read the first three.
As of Saturday I now own all of them.
If you suspect my stony disposition is showing signs of happiness over this fact as well as the anticipation of FIRST READS of books starring these beloved characters, you are quite right.
I definitely recommend purchasing (or library-ing) the new editions to anyone who enjoyed these as a kid. The forewards are wonder ...more
Betsy, Tacy, Tib, Julia, and Katie come across a group of boys, led by a particularly mean boy named Sam, bullying an immigrant girl. While breaking up the mob of bullies, Tib's new dress gets torn. All of the girls go home with Tib to explain to her mother about t ...more
Anyway, Betsy, Tacy, and Tib fall in love with the young king of Spain and decide one of them should be queen. They choose Tib. But, their older sisters, Julia and Katie want to have a queen for themselves, the Q ...more
These books remind me so much of books I loved as a kid; Elsie Dinsmore, Anne of Green Gables, The Bobbsey Twins, The Happy Holisters, the old style Nancy Drew, and the classic version Boxcar Children, which makes me regret I didn't find this trio...more
Maud’s birthplace was a small house on a hilly residential street several blocks above Mankat ...more