Good News/Bad News for Betsy-Tacy Fans

May 28, 2008 @ 7:38 pm | Filed under: Books, Uncategorized

The good:

betsycoverBetsy-Tacy has been reissued in a spiffy new edition. Nice big trim size, appealing to young readers. The beloved Lois Lenski art inside. Quite a beautiful painting on the cover—you may recognize it from the previous edition, which featured the same art peeking through a cutout on the front cover. And a nice bonus: in back is a big chunk of interesting biographical material about Maud Hart Lovelace. My young B-T fans (and their mother) were delighted.

The bad:

This doesn’t necessarily mean the entire series is being reissued. As you may recall from posts last year, many people have lamented the gradual going-out-of-print of this series, which is one of the best children’s serieseses of all time (she says authoritatively). If you’re a fan, now’s the time to show you want books like this in print…I for one will be stockpiling enough copies for my brood.

(P.S. Pardon the lack of wrapped text around the picture above. WordPress is being persnickety with me. Can’t remember the HTML do wrap it manually. Tried float=”left”. Didn’t work, obviously. Too lazy to google it. Too lazy even to capitalize google. Almost too lazy to close my parenthesis here, but…will…muster…the…strength.)

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  1. I can’t believe I have never read Betsy Tacy! I hate knowing that there is a good book or series that I missed out on… I believe I’ll have to check that out.

    LOL Glad you found the strength to go on!

  2. Good to know! I’m slowly collecting a few of the books through Paperbackswap but they are hard to find!

  3. Man, I need to let my mom know so she can stockpile them for her grandchildren. I loved those books when I was a kid.

  4. We’ve been furiously collecting and even got the audio cd’s of the first book, it’s delicious!!

  5. I love Betsy-Tacy, but I love Carolyn Haywood’s Betsy books even more. I just told a funny story on my blog about the hedgehog in your Martha books and a porcupine in our back yard.

  6. […] posted on one of my favorites, Heaven to Betsy, at The Expanding Life. Sounds like Susan and I share a common grief over the out-of-print status of the high-school Betsy-Tacy […]

  7. I love this series. I’ve shared the first three with my 4 year old daughter and she loves for us to play Besty and Tacy going on a trip (like they pretend to do while sitting in the carriage in Besty’s barn). I’m so sad to hear that many of them are out of print! I didn’t discover these stories until college but now I am so glad that I asked for the whole series for Christmas that year and my generous parents got all the books for me.

  8. I have spent my adult life trying to overcome my book hoarding habit, and here you are working me up again, now, in addition to not passing on any of my childhood books I actually have to look for replacements for any that might have disintegrated so that they will be available for my children?! Puts me in mind of Ashurbanipal, the worlds first librarian (668 BCE) — hooray for homeschooling, before which I totally thought Alexandria was the first library.