The Betsy-Tacy Illustrations are so fabulous. They capture the comfort and coziness of the fabled American Midwestern childhood (well, my mother’s anyways). The girls looks so stiff that they are almost like stuffed dolls. The backgrounds are American Regionalism, reminiscent of Wanda Gag. When trying to think of new ways to draw a tree, I stumbled back into these book – and made a sketch to learn the basic lines.