Old-Fashioned Story Loses Its Sparkle

0
590

When I first picked up the first four books in the "Betsy-Tacy Treasury" by Maud Hart Lovelace, I expected them to soon become one of my favorites, because my mother loved these books whe

When I first picked up the first four books in the "Betsy-Tacy Treasury" by Maud Hart Lovelace, I expected them to soon become one of my favorites, because my mother loved these books when she was little, and I generally like old-fashioned books such as these. These books also looked very promising because many famous authors such as Ann M. Martin and Judy Blume wrote in the forward about how much they loved these books when they were children. However, I was wrong. The "Betsy-Tacy Treasury" is four boring, predictable books with characters that have no flaws and whose idea of adventure is starting a club on the top of a hill.

 

"Betsy-Tacy" is a book about three best friends named Betsy, Tacy, and Tib, and the adventures that they have together. This book is very old-fashioned because it is set in the 1940's. It is also very boring because the characters do not do fun or memorable things together. For example, the book has a whole chapter on Betsy and Tacy making a "sand store" in their backyard by pouring sand into jars and using dyes to color them.

 

Although this particular old-fashioned book did not appeal to me, I can recommend some other books from an older generation that are far more interesting — for example, "All of a Kind Family" by Sydney Taylor, "A Little Princess" and "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett, "The Saturdays" by Elizabeth Enright, and "The Changeling" by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Unlike the "Betsy-Tacy Treasury," these books have characters that you can relate to and who go on exciting adventures and keep you amused throughout the entire book.

 

In conclusion, although the "Betsy-Tacy" treasury did not interest me, don't get discouraged — there are still plenty of old-fashioned books that will keep you gripping the back of your chair in suspense.