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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill

This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

B is for Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace

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This is the third book in the Betsy-Tacy series and is set in the United States in the early 1900's. Betsy and Tacy turn 10 years old and feel that now they should be more grown up.  They decide to go over the big hill in their town where they meet a little girl their age who lives in Little Syria. The descriptions in the book help the reader to understand the culture of those who have immigrated to Little Syria.

When I was young (many, MANY years ago), I thought 13 was that magical, "grown-up" age - the age where I would suddenly be thought of as more mature.

Other B books around the world:
Picture Books
Bea's Own Good by Linda Talley
The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay by Narelle Oliver
The Biggest Frog in Australia by Susan L. Roth
The Blind Men and the Elephant by Karen Backstein
Bon Appetit, Bertie! by Joan Knight
Bonaparte by Marsha Wilson Chall
The Bremen Town Musicians by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Chapter Books
The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
Bruchko by Bruce Olson

What was the magical "grown up" age for you?
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