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After Tacy Kelly moves into the house across the street from Betsy Ray, the five-year-olds become inseparable friends.


Best Friends Forever

There are lots of children on Hill Street, but no little girls Betsy's age. So when a new family moves into the house across the street, Betsy hopes they will have a little girl she can play with. Sure enough, they do—a little girl named Tacy. And from the moment they meet at Betsy's fifth birthday party, Betsy and Tacy becoms such good friends that everyone starts to think of them as one person—Betsy-Tacy.

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.

Ever since their first publication in the 1940's, the Betsy-Tacy stories have been loved by each generation of young readers.

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Tells of the friendship of two little girls and the joy of growing up with a friend

Publisher: New York : HarperTrophy, 2007, c1979
Edition: Revised HarperTrophy ed
ISBN: 9780064400961
Branch Call Number: j First Chapter Book Lov
Characteristics: 122 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Lenski, Lois 1893-1974


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Apr 23, 2016

I have such good memories about reading this book many times when I was a little girl. I especially like how Tacy's hair is described as being like "fat sausages" and the last chapter is my favorite!

Apr 09, 2016

This is one of those classic books that I somehow missed as a kid and which I'm sure I would have loved. It's extremely episodic, with each chapter more or less standing on its own, and would work great as a readaloud for young kids for that reason. Not that much actually happens, but there's just a sort of cozy old-fashioned feel to it that I know many readers will likely appreciate (I certainly did), even if the book itself is thin on plot. Calling something "sweet" sounds condescending and unenthusiastic, which isn't how I mean it in this case -- it's just the perfect adjective to describe this book.

Mar 25, 2016

Great book for young readers. I didn't find the characters mischievous enough. A very quick read.

nkostyrka Oct 13, 2012

The first books are simple, but as the series develops and the characters age, the language gets more complex. It ends with "Betsy's Wedding" -- you really need to read the whole series to appreciate it!

Aug 26, 2012

I don't know why these are such classics. I think the writing is pretty bland and just one thing happens and then another without much plot development. Maybe 4-5 yr olds would like it read to them because it sounds a lot like someone just recorded them playing house.

May 09, 2006

It's about 5-year-old Betsy and her shy friend, Tacy. Together they have many adventours such as running away from school, making (and selling) bottles of colored sand, and many more. This is a wonderful book, and all of it's (almost) true! (It's based on Maud's (Betsy's) own childhood adventours with her friend Bick (Tacy).


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