This is the last of the younger Betsy-Tacy books, before Betsy grows up and goes to high-school and beyond. Betsy, Tacy, and Tib are now 12 and they are starting to grow up. They can go downtown on their own (hmm…wonder where the title came from) and they take an interest in the theater for the first time.
The book takes us through some more adventures with the trio and like Over the Big Hill, it is more of a fluid story than the first two books. This was another Read-a-Thon book and it was really a great one for the evening hours.
My favorite thing about this book was all of the “modern conveniences” that are introduced. The Rays get their first telephone (which I imagine to be a lot like my family getting it’s first computer when I was 10 or the internet when I was 14 or even that first car phone my dad had that came in a bag). And best of all – there is a HORSELESS CARRIAGE! And it can go 16 miles per hour!
I must say that I really enjoyed this one, but I am most excited for the later books. I’ve started Heaven to Betsy and I’m just loving it. Boys, clothes, gossip – all in 1906.