A few of the books (at least three that I can remember) on the Top 100 Children’s Books List are mentioned in my favorite movie of all time, You’ve Got Mail, starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Betsy-Tacy, by Maud Hart Lovelace, is one of them. Why is it mentioned in that movie? And why should you care?
- You’ve Got Mail is a beautiful movie about supporting local business, loving art and beauty around you, and the endless fate of love.
- Kathleen Kelly (played by Meg Ryan) is a wonderful character, small business owner, and lover of children’s books.
- Betsy-Tacy is one of the cutest, most endearing novels for young girls that I have ever read.
- Kathleen Kelly recommends Betsy-Tacy to one of her customers.
Enough said, my friends. If you have or know a young girl from the ages of five to ten, put this book in her hands or read it to her. And then watch You’ve Got Mail. Because both actions will make you happy. Or at least make me happy.
by Maud Hart Lovelace
Originally published in 1940