A children’s series that ages with its audience: Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill captures 10 year old life well

The third Betsy-Tacy book takes our heroines on picnics over the big hill that has previously marked the edge of their world.

Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill is the third in Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy series. The girls are now 10 years old and the largely standalone chapters of the first two books smoothly transition into larger story arcs involving a terrible fight with their older sisters and various encounters with the immigrants in the nearby New Syria community. The depiction of their cross-cultural encounters with the neighbouring Lebanese community are gently done, as is the fight with Julia and Katie and its various consequences.

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