Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace
What is there not to love about this book? It’s a *Milly-Molly-Mandy-type book* without the interminable “Father and Mother and Grandpa and Grandma and Uncle and Aunty and Little Friend Susan”s. It’s a *Five Little Peppers type book*, but with some adults who help out with the children’s goings-on. The kids aren’t perfect – indeed, the squabbles are most realistic, but they are eventually resolved. There is plenty of scope for “what would you have done?” or “what do you think they will do?” questions without ruining the story. There is adventure and mystery and intrigue and cross-cultural relations and friendship and family….a totally delightful book, which appealed to both our lads and lasses.
We’ll be looking for others in the series:
* Betsy-Tacy (1940)
* Betsy-Tacy and Tib (1941)
* Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill (1942)
* Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown (1943)
* Heaven to Betsy (1945)
* Betsy in Spite of Herself (1946)
* Betsy Was a Junior (1947)
* Betsy and Joe (1948)
* Betsy and the Great World (1952)
* Betsy’s Wedding (1955)
And if we ever get to Mankato (is it the same as in Little House on the Prairie?), we’ll be taking the walking tour and visiting Betsy’s and Tacy’s houses, which are in the process of being renovated. Details available at the Betsy-Tacy Society.
At the children’s request, this book is awarded five stars.