Tuesday, January 4, 2011

book talk tuesday

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!

5 comments:

holly said...

The Betsy-Tacy books were my absolute favorite growing up!

Ninang said...

Thank you for mentioning the Betsy-Tacy Tib (don't forget Tib!) books! These marvelous books were once described as "cheerful as a cup of tea and ten times as stimulating." Grace Lin books can be described similarly with "cupcake" replacing "cup of tea."
The headless woman story, Flossie's Accident, is a delightful adventure that has surely prompted many a fan to climb maple trees in hopes of finding Betsy Warrington Ray's other works, such as Lady Gwendolyn's Sin, Hardly More Than a Child, and The Mystery of the Butternut Tree.

BookClubGirl said...

Re-reading BTGD every winter is an excellent tradition! You're right, the entire story seems set in the cold and cozy winter.

Grace Lin said...

Yes, I love these books! I found out last year about this time that there is even a big Betsy-Tacy club/group. It's huge!

Nicole R. Zimmerman said...

I must check this one out of the library for a mid-winter read. I dearly remember lying on my stomach on twin beds with my best friend in 4th grade, devouring these stories that she'd introduced me to. Now I read them to my girlfriend on summer road trips!