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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.

It's a new year, and Betsy has a new wish: She is going to play football on the boys' team. Of course, the boys refuse to play football with a girl....
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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.

It's a new year, and Betsy has a new wish: She is going to play football on the boys' team. Of course, the boys refuse to play football with a girl. That is, until Betsy and Mr. Kilpatrick cook up a secret plan to win Betsy a spot on the team. . . .

Betsy and her fourth-grade friends discover football.

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Betsy is back, in this fourth volume of Haywood's once-popular series, now an Odyssey Harcourt Young Classic. Here Betsy is initially excluded from the football team that Billy and the other boys are forming, until kindly policeman Mr. Kilpatrick makes her the gift of the one thing the boys still lack: the football itself. With traditional feminine wiles, Betsy does not reveal she is the proud owner of a football until the boys' desperation to own a football reaches a fever pitch after failed schemes to obtain one by selling Surething Flea Soap. Then the grateful boys welcome her aboard, though Betsy still has to navigate the remaining mine field of Valentine's day. Almost 60 years after its first publication, the text is likeably dated in some days, and disturbingly dated in others. It's pleasant to spend time in a world in which children create their own sports teams rather than enrolling in organized sports from preschool on, and quite amazing to spend time in a world where children need to work together to earn the money to buy something as simple as a football. But it will likely disturb today's readers to find that, after all Betsy's efforts to join the team, Betsy's mother decides "that Betsy has played enough football," after Betsy tears "one of her best school dresses" during a game. Overall, the Betsy books lack the enduring appeal of other revived classics, such as Maud Hart Lovelace's "Betsy-Tacy" books or the "Moffat" books by Eleanor Estes. 2004 (orig. 1945), Harcourt, Ages 6 to 10.
—Claudia Mills
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152051068
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: 1-Simul
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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. Pancakes and Cream Puffs 1
2. Names are Funny Sometimes 16
3. Eenie, Meenie, Minie, and Mo 28
4. It's a Secret 44
5. How to Get a Football 55
6. Twenty-Four Cakes of Flea Soap 70
7. Just-for-Instance Presents 87
8. The Christmas Fairies 100
9. Betsy and Her Valentines 114
10. A Strange Valentine 125
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2015

    excellent

    Haywood's stories still ring true for today's kids. They are fun to read to children or grandchildren who find the anachronisms amusing.
    More of them should be re-issued.

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