Oh. my. Giggles received a book for Christmas that has captivated the little girl in me. Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace is a favorite new read at Abundance House. In only a few days, we have finished Betsy-Tacy and have moved on to the next book in the series Betsy-Tacy and Tib.
These books are the most delightful books I have read in years! Maybe ever. Two little girls, they are five years old at the start, growing up together experience the sweetness of the day to day becoming extraordinary in the way that only best friends can. I find myself longing for a time when furniture came in wooden boxes and children pretending to be grown could safely walk to town and "call" on their friends while dressed in their best finery aka dress up clothes.
Perhaps in hidden corners throughout the country communities, villages, and neighborhoods thrive where children freely play going wherever their imagination takes them. Anyone who is blessed enough to live in such a treasured place, those who remember such a childhood of their own, along with all who can only dream of such a blissful experience, will enjoy the writing of Maud Hart Lovelace in the Betsy-Tacy books.
Equally enjoyable are the Ralph Moody books. The first book, Little Britches, whets the reader's appetite for more and more of Ralph Moody's childhood adventures which can be found in other of Mr. Moody's books. While the Betsy-Tacy books are based on the childhood of Maud Hart Lovelace, Ralph Moody's books are the detailed telling of his. Mighty Man of God seems to remain more intently tuned in during the Ralph Moody books, this is probably because the main character is a real life boy instead of two little girls. Giggles snuggles in with rapt attention for both series and laughter can also be heard from other rooms giving away the older children who are listening in.
My own person pile of books continues to grow with almost alarming rapidity. Having received several books as Christmas gifts I must confess that very few of them have been read yet. One would think that the extreme cold of winter would have provided perfect reading weather. It did, for read alouds of Ralph Moody books. Since January, I have read two books on the Jezebel spirit. While informative reads, they were not exactly what I was hoping they would be so...I am not adding them to the post. The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp is an advent devotional so it is being saved for this year's advent season. I confess that after reading through the introduction, I was tempted to pretend it is already Nov./Dec. and read it anyway.
The reading of books seems to come and go in seasons much like the waves of the sea on the shore. Some seasons a lot of reading gets done and others much less. This is in a season of a lot of reading, just of a different type. For now, I am thoroughly captivated by Betsy Ray, Tacy Kelly, and little Miss Tib as well as the Moody family. I'll get to the other books another day.
Always ready to read,