Betsy and Tacy have lots of fun together. They make a playhouse from a piano box, have a sand store, and dress up and go calling. And one day, they come home to a wonderful surprise—a new friend named Tib."
I love classic children's stories, especially those about young girls, such as Heidi, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and Little Women. I'm always pleasantly surprised when I find a new series (as I recently did with Little House In The Big Woods) but these discoveries get rarer and rarer over time. One day while cruising the Classics section, I came across an intriguing book titled Betsy Was a Junior and I excitedly almost picked it up before noting it was part of a series. When I got home, I did some research and discovered the Betsy Tacy series, which starts with a children's book about two five year old girls!
I was thrilled. The series seemed to have a following and it was based on a friendship. After getting it from the library, I read it in minutes and then went to add Betsy-Tacy and Tib which is the next book to my library queue.
This is one of those rare, sweet stories that is aimed at children but pleasant to read as an adult. The topics it touches on such as friendship, growing up, death, imagination, and going to school could be enjoyed by a very young girl AND a slightly older woman. A friend mentioned that she planned to read these with her baby girl when she was old enough and I envied her. This is exactly the type of book I'd love to share with a daughter.
It's full of the every day lives of a couple of girls from the turn of the century and it easily shows that imagination is timeless. Betsy's ability to tell a story that creates a way to play for her and Tacy is fun and their little serious conversations on topics such as the death of a loved one are both heartwarming and amusing.
Verdict: 8. I'm pleasantly surprised at how well it stood up for my reading.
Thoughts: I have already started to continue with the series, but I'm quite excited for the later books in which Betsy is slightly more grown up and the story is less childish.
- Betsy-Tacy and Tib