B Is for Betsy

B Is for Betsy

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by Carolyn Haywood
     
 

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School is going to be terrible! Betsy doesn't know much, but she knows that. It's the first day of first grade, and Old Ned has told her stories about how horrible school was for him.

But it turns out Old Ned is wrong: Betsy's teacher, Miss Grey, is nice, and the friends Betsy makes, Ellen and Billy, are even nicer. What with all the fun Betsy has and the things

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School is going to be terrible! Betsy doesn't know much, but she knows that. It's the first day of first grade, and Old Ned has told her stories about how horrible school was for him.

But it turns out Old Ned is wrong: Betsy's teacher, Miss Grey, is nice, and the friends Betsy makes, Ellen and Billy, are even nicer. What with all the fun Betsy has and the things she learns -- about tadpoles and the true meaning of Thanksgiving and much more -- school might turn out to be one of her very favorite places!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Haywood's "Betsy" books have been well loved by children since they were published in the 1930s. In this book, Betsy is six-years-old and about to start school. She has heard negative things about school, so she is afraid to go. However, school turns out to be nothing at all like what she expected. Her classroom is large and sunny, and her teacher is pretty and nice. She quickly makes a special friend. She learns about tadpoles turning into frogs. She gets lost when she walks to school for the first time, but then happens to meet the wife of the school crossing guard who comforts her until the crossing guard returns and takes Betsy to school. Many teachers, parents and children will welcome the re-issue of this book. It is an easy book for beginning readers. However, I find the dialogue quite stilted. Also, Betsy's naivet� and her picture perfect, all-white, upper middle class surroundings may make it difficult for readers to relate to her. I would recommend that teachers who use this book talk about the differences between Betsy's world and the world as it is today. They could also balance the story by pairing it with a story of a modern child in a more diverse environment. 2004 (orig. 1939), Odyssey Classics/Harcourt, Ages 6 to 10.
—Kathy Egner, Ph.D.
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Praise for "B" Is for Betsy:
"Simply and naturally [told]. . . . A pleasing addition to the list of realistic stories."--The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606022293
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1990
Series:
Odyssey Classic Ser.

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