Parents' Guide to

Betsy-Tacy Series

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Trio of young friends grows up in beloved 1940s series.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 5+

I loved it as a kid, and now my daughter loves it

I read this book when I learned to read at age 7, and quickly devoured the series. Now my husband and 5-year-old daughter are hooked as well. The characters are wonderful, the stories are great, and there are plenty of complex themes to discuss (death, religion, secrets, competition, friendship, family, being shy,...). We have read the first four books in the series, and my daughter just wants to read them over and over. She wants to read the 5th book as well, but I want to wait until she's older.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
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age 9+

Great story about friendship and neighborhood adventures

My daughter and I read the first two Betsy Tacy books with a mom/daughter book club so far. We both enjoyed reading about the young girls, their friendship, families, the time period and their adventures. I highly recommend!!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

This series is a beloved classic for a reason. If the Betsy-Tacy series were just about old times or just about friends, it would be a bunch of simple stories. But there's a depth and realness to the girls; their internal struggles as they grow up are relatable no matter the time period. Their failures and successes are open and honest on the page, and young readers will likely see part of themselves in Betsy, Tacy and Tib. The girls' struggles -- particularly Betsy trying to take her writing seriously while figuring out how to be social in high school -- are just as relevant today as they were when the horseless carriage was new.

Since the series starts when the girls are 5, older readers might find it too young at first, but they should hang in there because the girls age quickly and the stories become more relevant.

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