When I received The Betsy-Tacy Treasury: The First Four Betsy-Tacy Books by Maud Hart Lovelace, the first thing I noticed was the illustration of the girls on the cover. As a lifelong reader, I immediately recognized the work of Lois Lenski. I loved Lois Lenski books and read them over and over again.
Then I started reading some of the blurbs from other authors:
“Slipping into a Betsy book is like slipping into a favorite pair of well-worn slippers: It’s always a pleasure to live in Betsy’s world for a little while, to experience her simple joys but also her (thankfully short-lived) sorrows.” – Meg Cabot
“There are three authors whose body of work I have reread more than once over my adult life: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Maud Hart Lovelace.” – Anna Quindlen
And then I became confused. How had I missed these books? How could I be this far along in my life, and just now discover them?
I don’t know how I missed them before, but I am so thankful to have discovered them. It is just like Meg Cabot states, they are a joy to slip into. So simple, so sweet. It was so nice to leave my stressful everyday life and follow the adventures of Betsy and Tacy and Tib. The joys of having picnics and tea parties, trips to the big city, plays to put on. I enjoyed every second of these books.
I plan on reading all of the other books in the series, I can’t wait to watch Betsy grow up and get married.
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