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Betsy-Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace
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Oct 12, 2009

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Betsy-Tacy and Tib, the second book in the beloved Betsy-Tacy series, was originally published in 1941. Betsy, Tacy, and Tib are 8 years old now. Betsy and Tacy have been friends for 3 years, and they’ve been friends with Tib for 2 years. Their friendship is quarrel-free, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get into their fair share of trouble. Like Betsy-Tacy, Betsy-Tacy and Tib lacks a major plot and is comprised of mini adventures. Nevertheless, this book was ever more entertaining than the first one, opening with the girls walking up the Big Hill, becoming too famished to make their way down (despite the fact that they just finished breakfast), and deciding to smear mud on themselves and their dresses to appear like beggars so they can get food from the owners of the house on the hill. I also laughed out loud when the girls decided to make lockets to hold each others’ hair to remember one another in case one of them got sick and died (Tacy had just recovered from a long illness) and when they started The Christian Kindness Club and decided to wear bags inside their dresses to which they would add a stone whenever they did something bad.

Maud Hart Lovelace truly remembered what it was like to be a child, and you can tell from her writing that she loved life. Betsy, Tacy, and Tib are a handful, but there’s an innocence and a liveliness to them that make it impossible not to fall in love with them.

Full review on Diary of an Eccentric.

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