How is it I never read this as a child? I can only suppose that my local public library didn't have this series, which is a crying shame, because I would have loved them. Loved them.
Betsy and Tacy are little girls who live across the street from each other near the top of a hill in a small Midwestern town called Deep Valley. They meet each other when Tacy's family moves there, and become friends before long. They have lots of sweet adventures, like making a play house inside a piano crate. And they comfort each other and rejoice with each other through various things like a sibling dying, the first day of school, and a new baby.
It was really easy for me to imagine the town where they lived because Lovelace based Deep Valley on her hometown of Mankato, MN. And that is where I went to college, at the top of a hill in that very city. I know exactly how the hills sweep down toward the river and what was once main street. In fact, it was in Mankato that I first heard of these books, as of course there's a house there to tour and whatnot, though I never did that. Because I hadn't read the books! Next time we visit, I'll try to arrange for us to take the tour.
Now, why did it take me more than a dozen years from hearing about these books to actually read one? I have no excuse. I'm just glad I've started them at last.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: G. Clean, innocent, and lovely.
This is my sixteenth book read and reviewed for the I Love Library Books challenge and my fourteenth for the Classics Club.