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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 Foster Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9780061624278
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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.”  

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariecris | 1/31/2014

    " My daughter doesn't understand it yet (9 months) but someday, she'll love it like I do :) at least I hope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel | 1/30/2014

    " This book was great but for some reason after I finished this book and tried to read 'Betsy Tacy and Tib' I Never was able to get inot it like the first one, it was very disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 1/30/2014

    " This is a wonderful audiobook. I have never read this charming little classic as a child, but I must say that this was an enduring and uplifting story about two little girls becoming best friends and tells of their adventures set back in the year of 1897. This is recommended for ages 7-10 and though I think it would be wonderful for all little girls to read, it is wholesome and sweet; I also think that adults who may have never read this should read it as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Craig | 1/16/2014

    " I've been wanting to read the Betsy-Tacy books for sometime. I truly enjoyed this story. Their childhood seems almost idyllic, though the story deals with the death of a baby and the birth of a new sister, so there's nothing naive or unrealistic about it. At times it made me wish my daughters could have such a sweet, simple childhood, and a friend as lovely as Betsy and Tacy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/12/2014

    " What a sweet, charming book of the friendship between two girls in the early 1900s. Nice to revisit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/12/2014

    " A trip back to my childhood. I loved, loved, loved these books, so it was fun to re-read this first one now and not only see it from an adult perspective, but place it in its proper time period with all the assumptions and values that come with that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 1/6/2014

    " Aww, I remember I LOVED this book when I was younger. Brings back good memories! =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/3/2014

    " Kids thought it was a little slow, but I liked it. Very old-fashioned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ziona | 12/30/2013

    " I began reading this series when I was in elementary school. I loved it and I recommend it to all of the young adventurous girls out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa N | 12/29/2013

    " Super cute start to a series I had never heard of before reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 12/15/2013

    " I read this to my five year old and fell in love with it all over again. Such a great, sweet, honest book without ever being saccharine. Lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie B-K | 12/10/2013

    " Read as a child; loved it. Re-read with Kiernan, loved even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saralyn | 12/10/2013

    " The first Betsy book I read. I LOVE these books. They are so wonderful. I introduce them to everyone I can. I've read the whole series once every one or two years since I first started reading them! Wow! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sweet Caroline | 8/29/2013

    " I want to read the whole series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 7/6/2013

    " I loved these books when I was young--it was such a sweet, simple story of 2 girls who become friends and how their lives intertwine through love, school, jealousy, and all the other sort of live issues that girls deal with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/12/2013

    " Delightful. No wonder people still love these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 11/22/2012

    " lovely on audio - wonderful friendship story, with an old-fashioned sensibility "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 10/23/2012

    " Such a very cute book! I'm glad I read it again. This time I plan to read the whole series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mecque | 7/26/2012

    " So sweet and nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Moore | 3/10/2012

    " One of my favorite authors as a young teenager... loved these books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 11/17/2011

    " The Betsy-Tacy books are my all time favorite children's books. I reread them many times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janel | 10/10/2011

    " Do yourself a favor and get the whole series for the little girl in your life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 4/16/2011

    " I love this series so much! I've read each one at least three times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 4/15/2011

    " Another trip down memory lane :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 3/31/2011

    " I picked this up for the first time at age 26 - and loved it:) Perhaps I'm a sucker for the reminescent. Nothing wrong with a tale of friendship, right?

    If you'd like to be whisked back to the early 1900s and meet your childhood best friend there - pick up Betsy-Tacy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 3/28/2011

    " Apparently I am named after this book. My mom read it when she was little and said the name sounded like Stacy when she read it. She thought she was the originator of the name Stacy....PS i dont really like my name:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 laaaaames | 3/24/2011

    " Sometimes my childhood taste is still reliable.

    (read: 10) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffani | 3/14/2011

    " I loved it! It was so cute. It reminded me of a shortened version of Anne of Green Gables. It's one of Melanie's favorites and she finally persuaded me to start the Betsy Tacy Series. I'm excited to start the next one. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/22/2011

    " Super cute start to a series I had never heard of before reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/5/2011

    " This rings a bell as a childhood favorite, I'll have to re-read it sometime! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/4/2011

    " Norah and I loved this. Hardly anything happens, but it's such a sweet little book...made me glad to have a daughter, and that she's getting old enough to like some of the same things I liked when I was a little girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/28/2010

    " Definitely for the younger set, but still enjoyable for the idiosyncrasies that children have when trying to make new friends and play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/27/2010

    " Such a darling, fast read. I want my girl (and my boy!) to have a great friend like this and have imaginary adventures like Betsy and Tacy do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobi | 12/15/2010

    " Was introduced to it as an adult bu my stepmom...now all my girls have grown up with Betsy and Tacy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/4/2010

    " A very sweet children's book. "

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