Over the Big Hill

Over the Big Hill

By: Maud Hart Lovelace Complete Authored Works
Published by: Thomas Y. Crowell Company
Publication Date: 1942
Series: The Betsy-Tacy Books
Series Number: 3

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A Queen of Summer was going to be crowned on Hill Street, where lived those three happy friends, Betsy, Tacy, and Tib. Betsy, Tacy and Tib were very good friends, and they never quarreled. They wanted Tib to be queen, for she had yellow curls and an accordion-pleated dress, and she looked just like a princess. But Julia and Katie, who were older, wanted Julia to be queen. The immediate results were exciting but regrettable.

Their adventures during the electioneering for the queen led them to Little Syria, which was over the Big Hill. There they stumbled on a colony of humble but picturesque refugees from Old World expression.

During this eventful summer Betsy, Tacy, and Tib learned a great deal. (Which is just as it should be, since they now had two numbers in their age.) They elected a queen, and had contact with a real, live king. They learned that it is useless and disagreeable to quarrel. They learned that new Americans are often among the best Americans. And they learned that they were proud of being American themselves.

Of course, being Betsy, Tacy, and Tib, they had lots of fun. Thanks to the lively text and to Lois Lenski's delicious illustrations, the reader will have fun too.

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