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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,474 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maud Hart Lovelace Narrator: Sutton Foste Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Betsy hopes that whoever moves into the house across the street will have a little girl just her age. And the little girl who moves in is just her age. Her name is Tacy. She is very bashful, but she likes to listen to Betsy's stories—wonderful stories that the girls love, and that they keep as their own special secret.

After a while, it's hard to remember a time when Betsy and Tacy weren't best friends.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Slipping into a Betsy book is like slipping into a favorite pair or well-worn slippers: It’s always a pleasure to live in Betsy’s world for a little while, to experience her simple joys but also her (thankfully short-lived) sorrows.” 

    Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The Betsy-Tacy books…more than any other books, fed my dream of becoming a writer one day.” 

    Jill Kalz, Minnesota Book Awards Reader’s Choice Award Winner

  • “As a Minnesota girl, I read the Betsy-Tacy books about a thousand times as a kid. I used to go to sleep at night with one of the books under my pillow.” 

    Anne Ursu, award-winning author

  • “Sutton Foster’s reading is upbeat, reflecting the exuberance the two girls have for each other, for adventure, and for invention. Foster uses a strong voice for the inquisitive Betsy. For Tacy her portrayal is more subdued. This classic is a great shared listen for parents and children, especially for parents who grew up with these stories.”  


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathyred | 2/20/2014

    " This was listed as a classic on a list, and I had never heard of it. It is a very gentle read of 2 little girls who become friends at the turn of the last century. Episodic, kind of reminiscent in tone to Winnie the Pooh, except I think Pooh is more imaginative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/13/2014

    " 3.5 stars. I can imagine loving these books if I'd happened upon them earlier in life (say, at age 5 or 6). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy | 2/3/2014

    " I guess I missed out on reading these beloved series as a child. So my friends said I must catch up on these and I am going through the series now. Yes, they are written for kids so I have to accept the easy and simple writing style as is but it is slightly reminiscent of the series I did love as a child with simpler prose and thought...the Anne of Green Gables. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shmuzzie | 2/1/2014

    " Betsy-Tacy It is about two little 5 y/o girls, Betsy and Tacy, who meet at Betsy's 5th birthday party, and become best friends. There are 10 books in the series and it goes all the way through high school, up until Betsy's wedding and married life. Along the way they meet Tib, another little girl who lives a couple of minutes away, and together they make a threesome. I was suprised to find that the books are so modern. Even though it is set in the early 1900's, it is really modern. The girls worry about how to do their hair, what clothes they should wear, boys and much more. They go on picnics and have parties an hang out with their friends, just like girls today do. I loved being in their world for a little while. I'm sad to have finished the series. "

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About the Author
Author Maud Hart Lovelace

Maud Hart Lovelace (1892–1980) is the author of the Betsy-Tacy series, in addition to several other books for adults and children. She based the Betsy-Tacy series on her own childhood and once wrote, "I lived the happiest childhood a child could possibly know," and it is this joy that comes through in her books. Her legacy lives on in the beloved series she created and in her legions of fans, many of whom are members of the Betsy-Tacy Society, a national organization based in Mankato, MN.