The Betsy-Tacy Treasury: The First Four Betsy-Tacy Books

The Betsy-Tacy Treasury: The First Four Betsy-Tacy Books

by Maud Hart Lovelace
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The Betsy-Tacy Treasury: The First Four Betsy-Tacy Books by Maud Hart Lovelace

“Some characters become your friends for life. That’s how it was for me with Betsy-Tacy.” —Judy Blume

The First Four Books in the Betsy-Tacy Series in One Volume

With Forewords by Judy Blume, Ann M. Martin and Johanna Hurwitz

The first four books in the beloved Betsy-Tacy series, together in one volume, ready to delight a new generation of readers—and to bring a grownup generation of readers back to the engrossing stories of their youth. Following the childhoods of Betsy Ray and her friends in the late 1800s and early 1900s, this handsome anthology collects the original Betsy-Tacy as well as Betsy, Tacy and Tib, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, and Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown. Forewords by Judy Blume, Esther Hautzig, and Johanna Hurwitz, and the original illustrations by Lois Lenski, will make readers of all ages feel at home in the imaginative life of young Betsy Ray as she awakens to the challenges and triumphs of her home in Deep Valley (Mankato), Minnesota.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062095879
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Series: Betsy-Tacy Series
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 96,920
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.26(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Maud Hart Lovelace (1892-1980) based her Betsy-Tacy series on her own childhood. Her series still boasts legions of fans, many of whom are members of the Betsy-Tacy Society, a national organization based in Mankato, Minnesota.

What People are Saying About This

Ann M. Martin

“I am fairly certain that my independent, high-spirited grandmother must have had a childhood similar to Betsy Ray’s…As I read..., I felt that I was having an unexpected and welcome peek into Granny’s childhood—a gift to me from Maud Hart Lovelace.”

Johanna Hurwitz

“When I was growing up in the Bronx, I had lots of friends. But the girls I most enjoyed spending time with were Betsy, Tacy and Tib . . . three girls full of good ideas, adventures and fun.”

Bette Midler

“I read every one of these Betsy-Tacy Tib books twice. I loved them as a child, as a young adult, and now, reading them with my daughter, as a mother. What a wonderful world it was!”

Anna Quindlen

“Betsy-Tacy fans never die. They just reread.”

Judy Blume

“Some characters become your friends for life. That’s how it was for me with Betsy-Tacy.”

Mary Kay Andews

“I now realize that one of the reasons I believed I could someday become a writer was because of Betsy’s own infallible confidence that she would be a writer.

Esther Hautzig

“Family loyalty and the devotion of friends to one another, which for me are the defining characteristics of the Betsy-Tacy stories.”

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also heard these from the mother daughter book club (my fav series ever!!!!) These books r soooo good....a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read these 30 years ago and I loved them. Am sharing them with my 8 year old daughter and she loves them too. Good wholesome stories that follow Betsy and Tacy from childhood to marriage. As the girls get older, the writing becomes more sophisticated but is never, ever inappropriate. Love, love love these books.
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I am very excited to be able to pass this family favorite on to the next generation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Betsy-Tacy series is as necessary to children's book collections as Laura Ingalls Wilder! The first four books, collected here, bring the characters from age 5 to 12, and the reading level/plot advances with them. The first two books, especially lend themselves to reading aloud to youngsters. The next two are compulsively re-readable. It's great to have it on Nook for long car trips/vacations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hadn't read these in years and had forgotten how charming they are! They are a peek into the past in terms of the setting, but Betsy, Tacy and Tib are as real as today. Read the entire series! I read them aloud to my children and even the boy liked them.
HamletteTheDame More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty and charming collection of the first four Betsy-Tacy books. I'm so glad these books are available without having to hunt them down at used book stores, because these kind and gentle stories are exactly the sort I like to read to my small children. If you love old-fashioned, gentle books about children having believable adventures, living their lives with joy and wonder, and learning about life and friendship, read these! I'd recommend them to anyone who likes "Anne of Green Gables," "Little Women," "Heidi," "Pollyanna," or "Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read these books but i heard about them from the best sries in the world!!!! The mdbc boooks there so good love them and i plan on reading all of the books that they talk about!!!
mlhawley More than 1 year ago
I read these books as a child and they are as wonderful as I remembered them to be. Over the years I have given many sets as gifts. This was a gift to myself. I had such a great time revisiting my journeys with Betsy, Tacy and Tib. The excitement and joy of childhood can be enjoyed by all ages and it is so nice to have a series where a child of the 2010's can visit the children of the 1910's. Don't let this series pass you, or your children by!
quinnLY More than 1 year ago
I love the Betsy books. I first read them when I was 6 and have read every one multiple times. They took me to a place that was different from my life and yet i could relate. I read them to my three daughters and now my granddaughters are reading them. I hope to some day visit the Betsy-Tacy museum.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much that as i grew older i went on a search to find them. A timeless read about growing up and enjoying childhood, friends, family, and life
PyrBon More than 1 year ago
These books should be considered American Classics. Maud Hart Lovelace had the same gift as Jane Austen, the gift of observing people and situations and creating interesting, deep characters. Yes, they are wholesome stories, but they are not boring or dull or preachy. Instead, they are lively and engaging and show how a young girl, Betsy, experienced growing up in Middle America in the early 1900's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i grew up reading the Betsy-Tacy series. My mother is from Mankato (or Deep Valley as it is called in the books) and I knew first hand, many of the places as described in the books. I like the idea of having 4 books in one volume, making storage easier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good i read it all the time
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Thee are few books I will ever red more than once. I have read all the Betsy-Tacy books about three times. Tha is how much I love these books.
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Heard about these in a seties called mother daughter book club (which are really really good) so i decided to try them! ~jess
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book series can really make you happy. All the fun, creativity and spunk from this bright, wonderful book made this a very satisfing story. It is based on a true story of the lives of Maud and her friends Bick and Midge, otherwise known as Betsy, Tacy and Tib. It really is a great book for everybody. My book club loved it!
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Since I began reading books in my early childhood, I kept the love of reading alive well into my later adult ones and some of the classics are beginning to resurface such as the Betsy-Tacy series, in this collection that I had the opportunity to review. The best part this has been being able to share this simple but timeless stories with my youngest daughter who is enjoying them as much as I am. Since the books begin when the girls are 5 and continue until they are 12, the stories provide a rare opportunity to open up dialogue with my own daughter. The stories share what it's like for girls to grow from childhood to adolescence even though this books were written in a different time period, the situations are still real life for any girl to have to endure and lessons are learned along the way. I received this book collection to review compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and have to stamp this a perfect 5 out of 5 stars!
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Betsy-Tacy Betsy-Tacy and Tib Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown