Betsy- Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace
This is the first of 3 posts in a row on Maud Hart Lovelace’s series Betsy-Tacy
Here’s an even better book review Another series for girls- move over American girl books! I just now discovered them and wanted to read them in proper succession. I read the first one- Betsy Tacy (2nd grade level reading) then I skipped a few to get to Heavens to Betsy /Betsy in Spite of Herself which was two books in one thick paper back from the library; and it was a brand new paperback which are nice and clean. The only disagreement I had with the book was the Ouija board time in one chapter. It looked like innocent fun, but Ouija boards are not innocent fun. Time period is before WW1 when Betsy is in grade school through high school.
Betsy is starting high school in the book- somewhere in Minnesota, but what I liked about the book was her visit to Milwaukee one Christmas to her Aunts home. Her Aunt (Dad’s sister) lives in a German household with Grandma and Grandpa who once lived in Germany . The description of the how they celebrated Christmas was fun to read about. Everything was very German- their love for Christmas trees and they go visiting friends and neighbors to see their decorated trees… the food, the festivities… that particular chapter was the best of the book. She goes to the Pabst theater and everyone was speaking German at intermission. This is about 1906 time wise.
Betsy is a junior in high school in this book. (above)
Betsy and Joe (below) was the best book yet. they are seniors in high school, Julia her sister is away in Germany and in the book Anna the cook was making nougat which inspired me to want to make nougat. For ravioli I only use the yolks of the eggs, so now I’ll save the egg whites and gather enough to make nougat.
I’m waiting for the last one from the library- Betsy and the great World/ Betsey’s wedding. They’ll be the best ones out of the series I’m sure.