by Maud Hart Lovelace
Best Friends Forever. There are lots of children on Hill Street, but no little girls Betsy’s age. So when a new family moves into the house across the street, Betsy hopes they will have a little girl she can play with. Sure enough, they do—a little girl named Tacy. And from the moment they meet at Betsy’s fifth birthday party, Betsy and Tacy becoms such good friends that everyone starts to think of them as one person—Betsy-Tacy. Betsy and Tacy have lots of fun together. They make a playhouse from a piano box, have a sand store, and dress up and go calling. And one day, they come home to a wonderful surprise—a new friend named Tib.
Ever since their first publication in the 1940’s, the Betsy-Tacy stories have been loved by each generation of young readers. This is the first book in a series of at least 6 books which end with Betsy getting married, so obviously the later books are for older readers than 5 year olds. My girls are enjoying the first book right now. It’s best kept as a read-aloud as there are some slight edits you might want to make as you read. Also, Betsy’s 5 year old theology regarding heaven is a little off in one chapter! But the realness of the characters makes the book so enjoyable 🙂
Age: 5-10 (book says age 7 and up, difficulty of vocabulary increases throughout the series)
Fiction / somewhat autobiographical
Available from Hamilton Public Library