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After Tacy Kelly moves into the house across the street from Betsy Ray, the five-year-olds become inseparable friends.
Publisher: New York : HarperTrophy, 2007, ©1940
Edition: Revised HarperTrophy edition
ISBN: 9780064400961
Branch Call Number: j Fiction Lov
Characteristics: 122 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Lenski, Lois 1893-1974


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ArapahoeKati May 15, 2018

A delightful novel about two little girls growing up that made me nostalgic for the "good ol' days" of woolen stockings, hot cocoa and sledding.

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!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW 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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