Maude Hart Lovelace is the one in the center. The books are The Besty-Tacy series.
I guess when you get older, you yearn to relive your youth. The way I'm reliving my youth lately is this challenge. I want to own all 15 copies of the series. And I don't want just any copies, I won't be happy with the re-issued versions, I want the actual hardcover books that were written in the 1940s.
So I've been searching Ebay, Amazon, Half.com and other book sites trying to find copies. I just ordered 3 books of the series on Ebay and wouldn't you know. The books got lost in the mail. It was so distressing, until I got the yellow slip at the post office saying there was a package for me.
And there they were. Three lovely old library books. This is one of the books, and the illustration mirrors the photo at the top. These are Betsy, Tacy and Tib, the characters based on Maude herself and her two best friends (in the above photo).
And here's a bonus from the book. Remember these? An actual library card with a whole list of my kindred spirits. I'll have to look up and see if I can find any of them.
I can't tell you how much I loved these books and in fact, still do. I reread them every few years and get reeled back to the time I was 11 or 12. I just ordered another book today. I'll now have 6 of the original copies - 9 more to go!
I'm not the only one that loves these books. There's even a convention each year for like-minded fans.
But somehow I think that's going a little too far, in more ways than one.
I'd love to know if any of you have this same yearning for books from your youth.
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