I have heard smatterings of the Betsy~Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace, so picked up the one and only book at our local library - Betsy ~ Tacy. It was the first in the series when Betsy and Tacy meet for the first time and they are five years old.
Oh my how times have changed.... mumps? Who gets mumps these days?? I remember getting the mumps - it was a part of childhood until the immunization came to be. That aside, there is an innocence in the book which we don't see today. The lack of "stuff" that bombards us today - tv, radio, electronics, etc. Betsy and Tacy find entertainment in a box that they can call home, or a store, or whatever they want it to be that day.
I remember my Dad working in a furniture store. One of the biggest delights I can remember is when he brought what I remember calling a "big big box" - I am assuming this was a box that sofas were delivered in. I don't remember much of what we did in the box, but it was a treat to be able to play in it.
Betsy and Tacy decide to put sand in jars their mothers provided for them. Getting a nickel back then was quite the thing as you could splurge.
Not sure how I missed Betsy~Tacy growing up - there were the other series I know of, but this one somehow flew under the radar screen for me. Guess I'll enjoy the innocence of children's literature written by Lovelace today.