Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Betsy Library

Haywood Library

We love 'old-fashioned' children's books.  I wrote a bit about the beloved Milly-Molly-Mandy last summer.  This spring we discovered a new series at our library.  The Betsy (and Billy) series, written by Carolyn Haywood in the 1940s, 50s, & 60s, is a sweet collection.  Like the Milly-Molly-Mandy books, the Betsy stories are written about the simple joys and struggles of childhood.  I am reading them out loud to Amabel and Ellen, and both girls love the entertaining cast of characters.  The children in the stories delight in the simplest things: puddles, fresh flowers, making lemonade, eating watermelon, giving a friendly dog a biscuit every day on the way to school.  I think the The Mixed Up Twins has been Ellen and Amabel's favorite book so far.  It is about a pair of identical twins and their little neighbor friend who discovers a series of ways to determine who is Ronald and who is Donald.

How surprised I was to learn that we were the only family to check out these books from our little local library in ten years!  Unfortunately for other readers, that made them eligible to be discarded.  Fortunately for us, however, my librarian mother rescued the little collection and offered it to Amabel and Ellen (and me too).

Now we have a Carolyn Haywood library upstairs on our bookshelves.  So, if you want to escape into the world of Betsy and friends this summer, please come over and check out a book!

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