Book Review: Betsy, Tacy and Tib

betsy-tacyandtibBetsy, Tacy and Tib

Maud Hart Lovelace

HarperCollins Publishers

141 pages

I read this book as part of the Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge over at A Library is a Hospital for the Mind.  The challenge runs through October 31.

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Betsy, Tacy and Tib is the second book in Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy series, which has ten books in all.  The first four books are written for younger, elementary aged children, so for adults they make a quick read.  Betsy, Tacy and Tib is much like the first book of the series, Betsy-Tacy, butfor the fact that it includes another little girl, Tib.  Much like Betsy-Tacy, the stories in this book were based on Lovelace’s life, and Tib is no exception–she is of the likeness of Lovelace’s other childhood friend Marjorie “Midge” Gerlach.  Tib could very well be my favorite of the three girls.  She is a sprightly, elfin little thing with short, blonde curls and seems to say what is on her mind a lot.  many of the chapters of Betsy, Tacy and Tib end along the same line, with the following quote being an example.

‘I’d have liked a cookie, though,’ Tib said matter-of-factly.  Tib always said things like that.  But Betsy and Tacy liked her just the same.

bttThe girls are an imaginative bunch.  In one chapter, they decide they will teach themselves to fly.  Betsy, being the ringleader, as always, asserts that anyone can learn to fly so long as they practice and take it one step at a time.  Tib and Tacy, although reluctant at first, follow suit.  Once the girls eventually realize that maybe flying is not a possibility, a fact made particularly evident by the “flying” lady they see at the fair, they decide instead to put on a show for their family and friends where they merely pretend to fly, going so far as create an illusion that had tricked them in the first place when they went to the fair.

If you enjoyed the first book in the series, Betsy, Tacy and Tib follows the same vein.

For other reviews, check out:

Redlady’s Reading Room

Booking Mama

A Library is a Hospital for the Mind

I’m Booking It

A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy

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