Friday, March 27, 2009

Betsy-Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace

Betsy, Tacy and Tib are now eight-years old as we join them in the second children's novel titled appropriately, Betsy-Tacy and Tib. The three girls have become fast and loyal friends who are rarely seen apart. When they aren't found at school together or playing over at each other's home, then they are sure to be found playing make-believe or sitting on their favorite bench on the Bill Hill.

In this story the girls have their own share of adventures. A few include when they go begging for food at a neighbors on the Bill Hill... only to be discovered by Betsy's and Tacy's older sisters, Julie and Katie. Then there's the time they discover that Julie and Katie have a secret club, Betsy, Tacy and Tib form their own called The Christian Kindness Club (TCKC) which is based on the idea of being good all the time and when one is bad having to put stones in a bag around their necks... Of course this only leads the girls to want to be naughty so they can add stones to their bags, which leads to some interesting and funny moments. Then there is the time they finally get to meet Tib's beautiful Aunt Dolly who looks like she stepped right out of a fashion magazine... And of course there is the time they realize how much they mean to each other when Tacy becomes very ill with diphtheria and they cut each other's hair as remembrances with disastrous results.

All in all, this story is full of the day to day adventures that any young girl might meet with her friends in the late 1890s. It's not by any means an exciting read, but it is a fun one that can be enjoyed by young readers as a read-aloud or older ones as read- alone, or even by adults. This is my second (or maybe my third) reading and I still love this book (this series) as much as ever.

If you haven't considered adding this series to your TBR list you're missing out. And the good news is the earliest works in the series are still in print, though usually only available online. Stay tuned as I'll be reading and reviewing the next in the series in the next few weeks.

On a scale of one to five, one being horrible and five being excellent I would rate Betsy-Tacy and Tib a five. I really love this book.


BubblesandMoney said...

I read these books when I was young and enjoyed reading them with my daughter too. These are books that I can easily recommend and they always get rave reviews by all ages. love your blog

pussreboots said...

I have an old tattered copy that's on my TBR pile. Thanks for the review.