BETSY AND TACY GO DOWNTOWN by Maud Hart Lovelace
IndieBound Description: Betsy, Tacy, and Tib are twelve--old enough to do lots of things...even go downtown on their own. There they see their first horseless carriage, discover the joys of the public library, and see a real play at the Opera House. They even find themselves acting in one! Best of all, they help a lonely new friend feel at home in Deep Valley--the most wonderful place in the world to grow up. Ever since their first publication in the 1940s, the Betsy-Tacy stories have been loved by each generation of young readers.
My Thoughts: During the winter, I always reach for this book out of Betsy-Tacy books. The characters always seem to be bundled up and walking through the snowflakes in this book; and I love to see the snow fall and read the book the same time. I also adore this book because this is the one where Betsy really begins to say she is going to be a writer-- she tries and fails to publish her "headless woman" story (I still laugh when I read it) but is surprised by the publication of her poem in the local newspaper at the end of the book. A real inspiration for aspiring authors!