With forewords by Judy Blume, Ann M. Martin and Johanna Hurwitz, illustrations by Lois Lenski, and biographical information and photographs of the "real" Deep Valley, Mankato, Minnesota.
There are lots of children on Hill Street, but no little girls Betsy's age. so when a new family moves into the house across the street, Betsy hopes they will have a little girl she can play with. Sure enough, the moment Betsy meets Tacy, one of the most heartfelt friendships in all of cuildren's literature begins.
The Betsy-Tacy Treasury brings together the first four books in the classic series. Tracing the girls' lives from early childhood to the brink of adolescence, Lovelace illuminates their innocent, mischievous fun and their eye-opening adventures exploring the world around them - from the stories Betsy spins from their neighborhood bench and the sand stores they run in their backyards to their first experiences at the library, the thrill of the theater, and the sight of their first automobile.
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.