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“It was difficult, later, to think of a time when Betsy and Tacy had not been friends.”

~Betsy-Tacy~

 

Maud Hart Lovelace is best known for her beloved series of Betsy-Tacy books which were set at the turn of the twentieth century in Mankato, Minnesota (Deep Valley). These captivating  stories of small town life, family traditions and enduring friendships have captured the hearts of young and old for over 65 years. 

The Betsy-Tacy books are timeless stories of small town life, family traditions and enduring friendships that have captured the hearts of young and old for over 65 years.  Few books engage readers of all ages and are passed from generation to generation as these books have.

      The honesty and detail of the books makes them interesting historical and social documents of the period, as well as entertaining reading for all ages. The "Betsy-Tacy" books have attracted interest from scholars since they represent a rare example of turn of the century literature written from a child's perspective.

 

      All thirteen books in the Betsy-Tacy series were published by Thomas Y. Crowell Co. (now HarperCollins) between 1940 and 1955. Due to their enormous popularity and demand, they were reprinted in the 1970s, 1990s. In 2000 HarperCollins released a commemorative 60th anniversary edition. The books have been translated in many different languages including German, French, Italian and Japanese.

 

Betsy-Tacy books with dates of publication,

setting dates and ages implied in the books. 

Betsy-Tacy Series

by Maud Hart Lovelace

Published

 

Dates
Maud's age
 Betsy-Tacy
1940
1897-1898
5
 Betsy-Tacy and Tib
1941
1900-1901
9

 Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill

1942
1902
10
 Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
1943
1904-1905
12
 Heaven to Betsy
1945
1906-1907
14
 Betsy In Spite of Herself
1946
1907-1908
15
 Betsy Was a Junior
1947
1908-1909
16
 Betsy and Joe
1948
1909-1910
17
 Betsy and the Great World
1952
1914
22
 Betsy's Wedding
1955
1914-1917
22-25
 
 
 
 
More Deep Valley Books
 
 
 
 Carney's House Party
1949
1911
18
 Emily of Deep Valley
1950
1912-1913
19
 Winona's Pony Cart
1953
1900-1904
8 or 9

 

Other Children's books written by Maud Hart Lovelace:

Title
Published
 The Golden Wedge
1942
 The Tune is in the Tree
1950
 The Trees Kneel at Christmas
1951
 What Cabrillo Found
1958
 The Valentine Box
1966

 

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