Reviewing our latest chapter book read-aloud is sort of like reviewing Charlotte’s Web, maybe. (Oh, wait! I did that, didn’t I?) I feel like everybody already knows how wonderful the Betsy-Tacy books are and I’m the only one who is late to the party. Reading Betsy-Tacy to my girls last year was one of those sweet, sweet mommy experiences, and I think it was made even sweeter by my own unfamiliarity with the story. We all loved it so much that I picked it as one of our favorite chapter books read in 2009!I decided to pick up the next book in the series when I realized that the Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge is coming back to A Library Is a Hospital for the Mind this fall. I thought we’d get a head start!
Betsy-Tacy and Tib is every bit as good as Betsy-Tacy! In fact, it might be even a little bit better because the girls are a little older and the duo has become a trio with the addition of Tib. The best way I can describe this series is old-fashioned fun. They’re simply the story of three little girls and their experiences. Their hi-jinks (how’s that for an old-fashioned word?) remind me a little bit of the stories my mother tells about her own childhood. In Betsy-Tacy and Tib, the girls do everything from masquerading as beggars at a neighbor’s house to forming their own Christian Kindness Club (as a reaction to their older sisters’ club which they are not invited to join). Oh, there’s also the requisite haircutting episode and my personal favorite, the time when the girls are allowed to “keep house” alone and practice their cooking skills by concocting a dish they call “Everything Pudding.” This book is just plain FUN. It also includes the subtleties that a friendship of three girls will ‘most always include. For example, Maud Hart Lovelace does a fine job of repeatedly pointing out that Tib is the one who is the most grounded in reality. Tib’s always the one to point out why some scheme or other won’t work, but this observation follows every paragraph in which Tib lets their air out of the other girls’ balloons, so to speak:
Tib always said things like that. But Betsy and Tacy liked her just the same.
Our particular edition of the book (I believe it’s the same as the one pictured above) includes information about the author, too. We enjoyed reading a little about Maud Hart Lovelace’s life and about how she came to write these books that very closely mirror her own childhood. What a sweet time–childhood in a true age of innocence. (Isn’t that what we want for our own children? It’s certainly what I want for mine!)
If you have little girls, or not so little girls, I think you’ll find these especially enjoyable. This fall would be a great time to plunge into this series, too, so you can join in the Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge!
Have you read any good books lately with your children? Please share! Either link up your Read Aloud Thursday blog post below, or simply leave a comment.
Happy Read Aloud Thursday, everyone!