There’s certainly no shortage of excellent children’s literature out there.
But IMNSHO, nothing’s better than the classic – and highly enjoyable - Betsy-Tacy series.
Actually, these books kind of run in our family. Not only were they my mother’s favorites when she was a girl, but all the Shiputzim daughters love them as well.
In fact, when ACSD (a certain Shiputzim daughter) was in elementary school and had to do a project about a children’s author, she naturally chose Maud Hart Lovelace, the author of the Betsy-Tacy series.
Part of the assignment was to write a biography. ACSD chose to do it in the form of an [imaginary] “interview” and graciously agreed to share a few excerpts*:
An “Interview” with Maud Hart Lovelace
ACSD: Hello. How are you?
Maud: Oh. I’m fine.
ACSD: May I please ask you a few questions about your life?
Maud: Yeah. Sure.
ACSD: When where you born?
Maud: I was born on April 25, 1892, in Mankato, Minnesota.
ACSD: How did you get the idea of writing the “Betsy-Tacy” books?
Maud: I would tell Merian [Ed. note – her daughter] bedtime stories about my childhood, and that gave me the idea to write the “Betsy-Tacy” books.
ACSD: That means that these books are based on your own life. Doesn’t it?
Maud: Well, yeah.
ACSD: What year did the first book come out?
Maud: The first book, Betsy-Tacy, came out in 1940.
ACSD: And the last one?
Maud: The last one, Betsy's Wedding, came out in 1955.
ACSD: I have one last question. I don’t want to be rude or anything, but when did you die?
Maud: Oh, it’s fine. I died on March 11, 1980.
ACSD: Thank you for agreeing to talk to me. I enjoyed hearing about your life.
Maud: You’re welcome. Goodbye.
Thanks, ACSD! Every time I read this interview*, it makes me smile!
!שבת שלום ומבורך
*Readers are invited to come to TRLEOOB (=the real life equivalent of our blog) to see the project – including the rest of the interview – in its entirety.