Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Books: Maud Hart Lovelace challenge!

OK, call me a geek ... but I'm excited about this challenge from "S" at A Library is a Hospital for the Mind ...

In conjunction with the release of the Betsy-Tacy high school reprints from Harper, she has created a MHL Reading Challenge!

My almost 10 yod and I are going to read all the Betsy-Tacy books all the way through her wedding .... and I'm going to check out her other books which "S" assures me are also good reading! 

Won't you join the challenge?
[HT:  Jennifer at BookClub Girl]


On another note, Jennifer at BookClub Girl is launching a Betsy-Tacy Convert Week ... a chance to get others converted to reading these fabulous Betsy-grown-up books!  These are such fun stories.  Each goes through a year of high school, her "world tour" and then her marriage to Joe.  These are GREAT, coming of age books that are reminiscent of some of the great Hollywood movies like:  Life with Father, Cheaper by the Dozen (the original), or Meet Me in St. Louis -- classic movies where the family is at the core and there is love and faith and trust and all is good (eventually).  This is the kind of world where teens grow up with their families -- with involvement and love and solid values of right and wrong -- the kind of world we need now (even if instead of note-passing during class, there is texting).

Check out these just-reprinted Betsy-Tacy books ... Harper decided to bundle the books, so you get two books for the price of one (and get to really get into reading these!). 

The earlier books, with great illustrations by Lois Lenski, include:

While we're reading these books, String Bean and I will be knitting up a couple of items I've designed just for this occasion -- a snuggly hood, bright scarves and a lace-edged handkerchief ... based on the following two quotes:

…it was too cold for Betsy and Tacy to play in the snow any more. Their hands inside mittens ached, and their feet inside overshoes grew numb. The wind nipped their faces in their snugly tied hoods; their breath froze on the bright scarves knotted around their necks. (pg. 42)

She got it out of the bureau drawer. One side was filled with cards which said ‘Mrs. Robert Ray’. A little lace-edged handkerchief, smelling of violet perfume, peeked out of the other side. Betsy’s mother carried this case when she went calling. (pg 77)
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
Illustrated Lois Lenski

Won't you join the Betsy-Tacy Conversion party? 

Zet, Zet, Zetamathians!

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