Saturday, January 7, 2012

Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace

Although I’m a huge fan of children’s literature, I haven’t visited it much in the past few years due to the fact that three of our sons are now in college.  But the other day I wanted a light, fun read and picked this off the shelf.  The story is about two little girls growing up in Minnesota at the turn of the century, a time when cars and telephones were new and exciting inventions.  The book opens with references to Lady Audley’s Secret and contains many delightful allusions to books throughout its pages.

Twelve year old Betsy is an aspiring writer.  Unfortunately she’s been influenced by sensational and melodramatic novels and is writing stories with similar themes (“Lady Gwendolyn’s Sin”).  Betsy’s mother and father handle this problem with gentleness and sensitivity.  Instead of condemning her, her father gives her a library card and 15 cents for lunch so that she can spend all day Saturday in town, reading the classics.  Her trips to town open up a new world to her.

Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown is a book about simple pleasures and great kindnesses.  With its references to classic books, it’s good writing, and it’s pleasant tone, I found it hard to put down.  Thank you to fellow book blogger, Sarah, for putting this author on my radar.  I loved this book!


Annette W. said...

I got this one for Christmas as part of the treasury. I love MHL, but her best book by far is Emily of Deep Valley. if you are interested in my thoughts.

Beth said...

I think I have read all the Betsy book, except for this one. I must remedy that.

Regarding my list: Don't worry about reading anything fun. I will read plenty of fun, but I didn't plan that out. I'll read whatever catches my eye or interest!

Thanks for stopping by.

Margaret Mayfield said...

Hi, Awhile back you asked for recommendations on travel books about England, and right now I'm reading a very charming book about London called: " The Silent Traveller in London" by Chiang Lee. It was published originally in 1938, so there are things that wouldn't apply now, but the more I read this book the more I like it. I won't go into a lot of detail here, but when I found your blog I felt I'd found a kindred spirit as our reading Yates are SO similar, so I think I can safely recommend it to you.

hopeinbrazil said...

Annette and Margaret, Thank you for the lovely book suggestions!