Betsy-Tacy Series

Book review by Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

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

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 1 review

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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.

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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
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Book Details

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love friendship tales and historical fiction

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