First off, for all you Maud Hart Lovelace fans who devoured the Betsy-Tacy books (including the spin-offs Winona's Pony Cart, Carney's House Party, and Emily of Deep Valley), I recommend you drop everything and give this one a try:
The 9-year-old and I have re-read our way up to Betsy In Spite of Herself, so we're on track there. I'd forgotten how humorous the books are and how well Lovelace captures the mindset of each age. The 9YO skipped a bit through Heaven to Betsy because she deemed the Essay Contest "boring" (!!). I grant you, the Philippines don't light my fire either, but there is no skipping over any possible mention of Joe Willard for this reader.
As for the 13YO, she hasn't picked up a single LIW or Betsy-Tacy book, to my disgust, but she did submit to sitting through Episodes 1 and 2 from Season One of Little House on the Prairie. I must confess: we howled through it.
|A rare pic of Pa with shirt on|
With Plum Creek on my mind, I picked up this book from the library:
And one final note, coming full circle to Betsy-Tacy, after my first post on the Literary Dream Tour, a reporter from The Free Press in Mankato contacted me about doing a story on our visit! We'll see if anything comes of it, but how cool would it be to be mentioned in the very newspaper that Winona's dad used to edit? That's like a rip in the life-literature continuum! When worlds collide, baby.
Thanks for tuning in! Now if I can just get some more writing done, in between all this reading...