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Betsy-Tacy and Tib
by Maud Hart Lovelace
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1.This book was written more than 65 years ago about a time more than 100 years ago. Can you name something in the story that seems old-fashioned?
 
2.Betsy, Tacy, and Tib see the Flying Lady at the Street Fair. How did you feel when you found out the Flying Lady couldn't really fly?
 
3.Betsy, Tacy, and Tib put on their own Flying Lady show for people in their neighborhood. Have you ever put on a show for your family or for your neighbors? If you said yes, what did you do at your show?
 
4.Why do you suppose Betsy, Tacy, and Tib can't actually fly?
 
5.Have you ever wanted to fly like Betsy, Tacy, and Tib wanted to fly? And have you ever tried? What happened?
 
6.One day Betsy, Tacy, and Tib get to play at Betsy's house all by themselves. What have you gotten to do without any adults around?
 
7.Tib's father says Tib's brother Freddie will grow up to be an architect and build houses. He thinks Tib will be a housewife. Why do you think Tib's father said these things?
 
8.Betsy and Tacy don't have basements at their houses, but Tib does. The girls build a play house from the firewood stored in Tib's basement. If you have a basement, what does your family do down there?
 
9.Betsy, Tacy, and Tib make Everything Pudding using everything in the kitchen at Betsy's house. Do you think you would have tried to eat what they made? Why or why not?
 
10.Betsy, Tacy, and Tib clean the kitchen really well after making Everything Pudding. Were you surprised they didn't get in trouble for using all that food and then throwing it out? What would happen at your house if you made something like Everything Pudding?
 
11.Betsy is a good storyteller. Are you a good storyteller? Or do you have a friend who is a good storyteller?
 
12.When Betsy, Tacy, and Tib were punished, they were forbidden to go up the Big Hill for a month. This made them want to go up the Big Hill more than ever before. Does NOT being able to do something make YOU want to do it even more? Why?
 
13.Betsy, Tacy, and Tib make themselves really messy so they look like hungry kids begging for food. Have you ever gotten really dirty on purpose? Why?
 
14.Betsy, Tacy, and Tib get in trouble for pretending to be beggars. Do you think they should have been punished? Why or why not?
 
15.Even though Betsy, Tacy, and Tib are 8 years old at the beginning of the book, they still need permission to climb the Big Hill. What do you wish YOU could do without having to get permission?
 
16.Who do you like best: Betsy, Tacy, or Tib? Why?
 
17.Why do you think Betsy told the story about the birds named Tibbin, Tacin, and Betsin?
 
18.Betsy, Tacy, and Tib form their own club. If you had your own club, what kinds of rules would you make up?
 
19.In the book, there were stories about when the girls cut off each others hair or when the girls made Everything Pudding. Did you think the stories are even better when you learned that these things really happened to the author and her friends when they were kids? Why or why not?
 
20.Deep Valley, the place where Betsy, Tacy, and Tib live in the book, is based on Mankato, Minnesota. Have you ever been to Mankato? If you haven't been there already, do you think you would want to go to see if the town is much like what it was like when the author grew up there?
 
21.Do you have good friends like Betsy, Tacy, and Tib have each other? If you say yes, what are your friends names? If you say no, would you like to have friends like Betsy, Tacy, and Tib?
 
22.The author, Maud Hart Lovelace, wrote stories based on her own life growing up in Minnesota. Do you think you would like to become a writer? Why or why not?
 
23.Of all of the things that Betsy, Tacy, and Tib did, which was your favorite?
 
24.After Betsy and Tacy meet Tib's Aunt Dolly, they wonder what it would be like to be grown up. Do you think it's better to be a child or to be a grownup? Why?
 
25.In Betsy, Tacy, and Tib's club, at first they do naughty things, even though they had planned to be good. Do you think their club was a good idea? Why or why not?
 
26.Instead of cutting off each other's hair, what else could Betsy, Tacy, and Tib have done to remember each other by?
 
27.Betsy, Tacy, and Tib make lockets out of pill boxes. Have you ever made your own jewelry or something else with your friends? Tell us about what you made.
 
28.Do you think it was a good idea for Betsy, Tacy, and Tib to cut each other's hair? Why or why not?
 
29.Do you know anyone who keeps someone else's hair to remember them by?
 
30.Tacy got really sick in the spring. Have you ever had a friend who was so sick she had to stay home a really long time? If you said yes, did you do any nice things for your friend like Betsy and Tib did for Tacy?
 
31.Betsy, Tacy, and Tib make a game out of using mirrors to see Tib's house in a different way. Would you like to play Mirror Palace the way Betsy, Tacy, and Tib did? And why might it NOT be a good idea to play this game?
 
32.When Betsy's mother suggested that Betsy, Tacy, and Tib have a club together with their older sisters, Julia and Katie, why do you think none of the girls liked that idea?
 
33.It helps to have good friends. What was one thing that happened in the story that would have been harder for each girl to do alone?
 
34.This book had lots of words that we don't often read in books written these days. Can you remember any unusual words you learned from reading this book?
 
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