by Maud Hart Lovelace
Betsy, Tacy, and Tib: Book 2 in the series
Betsy, Tacy, and Tib are nine years old now and still up to their little adventures around town. What I love about these books is the peculiar situations and mishaps the girls get into (usually instigated by Betsy). The very uniqueness of their shenanigans makes you realize they are true-to-life (their poor moms!). Most of the adventures really happened to the author Maud (Betsy) and her two child-hood friends. Because Maud thinks as a nine-year old when she writes this book, girls can really relate to the happenings. If your child is apt to imitate, however, you may want to pass on this book…do you really want half your daughter’s hair (and her friend’s) cut off?
I would keep this book as a read-aloud for this reason and because there are one or two spots that need discussion (or skipping). A discussion on heaven between a nine-year old Episcopalian, Baptist, and Catholic produces quite the theology… resulting in a works-based religion! And Betsy’s idea for a Christian Kindness Club backfires. Like I said, you can skip that section, or have a discussion on how and why their good intentions went awry…
Listed as: Ages 8 and up (I think 6 and up)
Available from: Amazon, some public libraries
*Recommended as a Read-Aloud*