Betsy and Billy [NOOK Book]

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Carolyn Haywood's stories about her irrepressible character Betsy have never been out of print, and now, thanks to dynamic new covers, the Betsy books will find their way onto the bookshelves of modern young readers--and into the hearts of a whole new generation.

Second grade holds lots of surprises for Betsy, such as her first loose tooth, a Halloween party like no other, and lots of trouble. She and her ...
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Betsy and Billy

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Overview

Carolyn Haywood's stories about her irrepressible character Betsy have never been out of print, and now, thanks to dynamic new covers, the Betsy books will find their way onto the bookshelves of modern young readers--and into the hearts of a whole new generation.

Second grade holds lots of surprises for Betsy, such as her first loose tooth, a Halloween party like no other, and lots of trouble. She and her friend, Billy, try to do right, but every one of their plans winds up with the two of them right in the center of a hilarious mess.

Betsy, Billy, and their friends enjoy and learn from the many activities in the second grade.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The whimsical adventures of two best friends, Betsy and Billy, come alive in this re-issued chapter book. The book starts as the two are about to start second grade. Betsy feels sad and worried, as she does not expect to have her beloved first grade teacher. As luck turns out, Miss Grey gets promoted to second grade along with Betsy and Billy! The rest of the book chronicles the year's events from losing baby teeth, putting on school parties, and expecting a new baby in the house. Children will enjoy the lighthearted stories with characters that reflect the feelings of children their own age. Because the book first appeared 1941, some of the stories use outdated words. Parents may have to help little ones understand all of the concepts of how life was like before television, video games, and cell phones. The tales make for great read aloud bedtime stories. Black and white illustrations highlight the text. The book is the second in a series of "Betsy" books. 2004 (orig. 1941), Harcourt, Ages 6 to 10.
—Patricia Silverberg
From the Publisher
Praise for Betsy and Billy:
"Mirrors the delights of second grade."—Library Journal
"A real achievement."—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547537382
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,119,646
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

CAROLYN HAYWOOD (1898-1990) was a native of Philadelphia. One of America's most popular authors of children's books, she published her first book, "B" Is for Betsy, in 1939, and wrote more than forty books in all. Many of her own childhood experiences can be found in her novels.
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Table of Contents

1. Betsy Goes Back to School 1
2. What Happened to Billy's Tooth 12
3. The Halloween Party 21
4. Bread and Molasses 33
5. The Present That Betsy Wanted 46
6. Christmas Star 59
7. Valentine Hearts 69
8. Thumpy Goes for a Ride 82
9. May Day and Mother Goose 93
10. The Wishing Well 108
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Oldies but goodies.

    It is a really realaistic story, it has great artwork and the best non-adventure suspence.I personally love these type's of story's, so if you only like story's where someone falls off a cliff every five seconds don't read this book.
    Great jolly book this is.

    What ever that means.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    Long a fan!

    I loved Carolyn Haywood's books back in elementary school in the mid 60's, sad that the current books don't have the original artwork...to me that helped emphasize the times. The books are funny and sweet...definitely worth reading to any young girl or boy! Or a good segue into reading for elementary school kids!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

    Loved it !!!!!!

    I read it in 2nd grade and I'm going to 5th grade and I'm planing to buy it. I recomend it for old time lovers like me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Betsy and Billy, by Carolyn Haywood

    This is a wonderful book for an independent 2nd grade reader who wants to read on her own but loves to share what she reads with her great-aunt. The story line is straight-forward, without frills. It depicts a time past and has led to some great discussions comparing the lives of 7 year olds from the early 1940s to 7 year olds now - clothes, stay-at-home-moms, etc. Our talk is not just about the differences but also how Betsy and her life have similarities to the "modern" 7 year old reader - emotions, desires, needs.
    There are some words and phrases that need defining or explaining - our English language does evolve! - and that has led to excellent discussions, as well.
    This series is a terrific introduction to the history of ordinary people in the middle of the last century.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    wonderful old-fashioned book

    This book has a cover that misleads one into thinking it was recently written, but the original publishing date is around 1940. Having said that, my 3rd grader devoured the book after having read the first in the series, titled 'B is for Betsy.' I suggest reading the forementioned first as it gives an introduction to Betsy and her adventures in 1st grade. How different school was in the the good, old days! The writing is wonderful and the chapters are just the right length to keep my little reader thoroughly engrossed in Billy and Betsy's daily adventures in 2nd grade. It has made me want to search out more books published in this time period. There's never a dull moment in these sweet, well-written books.

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    Posted April 9, 2010

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