My introduction to Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy series came when my mother gave me a copy of Betsy-Tacy to me when I was eight or so years old. Although I enjoyed the book, I didn't get another chance to get to know Betsy and Tacy until I was in high school and from that point I became a life-long fan. Still, I think there is something to be said about starting at the beginning and having the opportunity to grow up with these books, which is why I am so excited about next summer.
Next summer my little girl will turn five and among some other milestones that she will reach I am planning to introduce her to Betsy Ray and Tacy Kelly when I begin reading aloud to her from Betsy-Tacy, the first in the series. As a teenager (and even now as an adult) I love Betsy and Tacy, but I am really curious (and yes, eager) to see what it is like to meet them as a five year-old girls through the eyes of my own little girl.
Of course the timing couldn't be any more perfect than now because next month Harper Collins Publishers is reprinting the first four books from the Betsy-Tacy series in special collection -- The Betsy-Tacy Treasury.
To learn more about each of these books be sure to check out the reviews I posted:
Betsy, Tacy and Tib
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
Betsty and Tacy Go Downtown
If you haven't read these books before (or even if you have, but you know of some little girl who has yet to be introduced) now is the time to pre-order your own copy at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Of course, for one lucky participant in this reading challenge there is a chance to WIN a copy. To enter for a chance to win The Betsy-Tacy Treasury be sure to sign up to participate in this Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge before Sunday and then return on Sunday (10/9/11) to officially enter.