05 June 2011

Carney's House Party/Winona's Pony Cart; Maud Hart Lovelace

Carney's House Party/Winona's Pony Cart: Deep Valley Books (P.S.)Carney's House Party/Winona's Pony Cart: Deep Valley Books by Maud Hart Lovelace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a bit weird to read - the Carney part takes place when the characters are all in college, while the Winona part takes place years earlier. In each, Betsy Root makes an appearance (in Winona, Tacy and Tib also appear), but these aren't part of the Betsy-Tacy canon.

Readers will enjoy this look at early-1900s Vassar and Minnesota - it's not "historical fiction" because the author lived through those times, and it reads as an unforced look back. The customs, costumes, traditions and different pace are all appealing at a 100-year remove. While reading about the house party (a long sleepover) and all the outings, parties and fun the Crowd has, I wondered about this modern generation, where cyberfriendships and computer time often take the place of group fun.

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