Anyone who has loved Maud Hart Lovelace’s ‘Betsy-Tacy’ series will no doubt be delighted to learn that these books were basely almost entirely on her very happy girlhood in a small Minnesota town at the turn of the last century. Maud grew up in a loving and supportive family that encouraged her in her dreams of writing from the time that she was a child. What began as bedtime stories for her own little girl of the adventures of her youth later became her best-known and most beloved work: the chronicle of Betsy Ray and her two best friends, Tacy and Tib, through childhood, young womanhood, and into the Great World beyond. What makes these books so special is that Betsy is a real, living human girl, with beautiful ideals and honest struggles that girls of any time can identify with. Reading them as a teenager, I saw in Betsy someone I longed to be friends with; reading them as a 30-year old married woman (yes, I admit it!) I found that we had been friends all along.
Maud Hart Lovelace exemplifies the adage to ‘write what you know’. And what she knew was that the love of family and friends can make a story of a life.
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