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Do you ever wish you could turn back the clock and see a childhood free from commercialization or pressure to rush into adulthood?
As a mom who wants to encourage my children to work hard and play hard without screens, I know it can be hard to do that. The world beckons so seductively with all of the electronic media. TV, the Internet, video games, and mobile devices all clamor to suck our children away from simple play, natural delights outdoors, and classic books.
That’s why I love the Betsy-Tacy books. I read one of these books aloud to my two younger children over a year ago, and I’m delighted to see that some of the Betsy-Tacy books in audio are free online. The Betsy -Tacy books were written by Maud Hart Lovelace.
So who is Maud Hart Lovelace?
(The following is copied and pasted from the betsy-tacysociety.org:)
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. 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.