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My Betsy-Tacy Miracle by Kathleen Baxter
My Betsy-Tacy Miracle
A Literary Pilgrimage to Deep Valley

By Kathleen Baxter

Have you ever wished you could meet a book character?

I grew up in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, renowned as the place where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived in On the Banks of Plum Creek, as well as the setting for the TV show Little House on the Prairie. My mom had gone to college in Mankato, knew that it had been fictionalized as Deep Valley in the Betsy-Tacy books, and suggested I give them a try. Little did she know that she would create a lifelong passion. Never, in my wildest dreams, would I have thought that one day I'd meet several of the real-life counterparts upon whom characters in the books were based, let alone correspond with their author. Betsy, Tacy and Tib - and Maud Hart Lovelace-have opened so many doors for me through the years. Without them, my life wouldn't have been this much fun!
~ Kathleen Baxter


Soft Cover, 81 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-9961204-6-3
Photographs and letters
Book Dimensions: 8 x 4.5 inches
Retail: $12.00
About the Author

Kathleen Baxter, a proud native of Walnut Grove, loves Laura Ingalls Wilder, but her love for Maud Hart Lovelace is greater. In college, she went on a Betsy-Tacy pilgrimage to Mankato and had many extraordinary adventures. She was a librarian in New York City, then head of children's services at Minnesota's Anoka County Library, a job that evolved into a speaking and writing career. Her seven books about getting kids excited about reading, her 17+ year column in School Library Journal magazine, and her talks in 46 states, Canada and Mexico, led to her listing in Who's Who in America

View this in depth interview with Kathleen Baxter by Peter Shea for the cable show "Bat of Minerva".

Excerpt One


Reviews & Comments

Received the book yesterday and could not put it down until I had finished the whole thing.   
JoAnn K, Montana

I loved reading your story and I adored getting to see the original letters. What a gift to Betsy-Tacy fans!   
Jennifer D., Massachusetts

It was with great joy on a rainy evening that I read Kathy Baxter's wonderful new book, "My Betsy-Tacy Miracle". I had planned to read the first 2 chapters but devoured it. Now I will go back and reread it at a slower pace. What a treasure!  
 Ellen G., Wisconsin

What a wonderful adventure you and your friends had! And all those marvelous photos, and the letters - thank you, so very much, for sharing it all with us. You are a great writer and gifted storyteller, and I will treasure your book.  
 Jan G., Oregon

My lovely signed copy of Kathy's book arrived yesterday afternoon, and I devoured it immediately. Kathy's writing, along with the letters and pictures, really made the "pilgrimage" come to life!  
Peggy O., California

I really enjoyed reading about your adventures, as well as the pictures and the letters. How wonderful that you wrote to Maud and Marion! Not only did they answer you, but their other correspondence shows how much they enjoyed hearing from you.  
Krista B., California


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Review by Minnesota History editor, Laura Weber
Minnesota History, Winter 2017-2018

Kathleen Baxter is a legend among fans of Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy book series, set in the fictional town of Deep Valley, a nom de plume for early-twentieth-century Mankato, where Lovelace grew up. Baxter cofounded and led the Maud Hart Lovelace Society, based in the Twin Cities, and through her position as head of children's services at the Anoka County Library for 32 years and as a prolific public speaker, championed the series locally and nationally. Baxter's "legend" began with the 1965 trip to Mankato she and college friends made while library science students at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. They met two of the many real people Lovelace based her characters on, which eventually led to a correspondence with Lovelace herself. Baxter tells the story in words and pictures in this latest offering from Minnesota Heritage Publishing, which has brought out seven previous Lovelace-related volumes, including reprints of two of her adult novels, which, like the Betsy-Tacy series, rest of deep research into various aspects of Minnesota history.