Understood Betsy

Understood Betsy

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by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
     
 

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Understood Betsy is a 1916 novel for children by Dorothy Canfield Fisher.

The story tells of Elizabeth Ann, a 9-year-old orphan who goes from a sheltered existence with her father's aunt Harriet and cousin Frances in the city, to living on a Vermont farm with her mother's family, the Putneys, whose child-rearing practices had always seemed suspect to Harriet

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Understood Betsy is a 1916 novel for children by Dorothy Canfield Fisher.

The story tells of Elizabeth Ann, a 9-year-old orphan who goes from a sheltered existence with her father's aunt Harriet and cousin Frances in the city, to living on a Vermont farm with her mother's family, the Putneys, whose child-rearing practices had always seemed suspect to Harriet and her daughter. In her new rural life, Elizabeth Ann comes to be nicknamed "Betsy," and to find that many activities that Frances had always thought too demanding for a little girl are considered, by the Putney family, routine activities for a child: walking to school alone, cooking, and having household duties to perform.

The child thrives in her new environment, learning to make butter, boil maple syrup, and tend the animals. When Frances announces she is to be married and has come to "save" Elizabeth Ann from the dreaded Putney cousins, she is amazed to discover that the little girl is quite content to stay. The story ends after Frances has returned home, with Betsy, her aunt Abigail, uncle Henry, and cousin Ann sitting quietly and happily around the fireplace enjoying the knowledge they will now be a family for good.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013253681
Publisher:
Publish This, LLC
Publication date:
11/02/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
907,737
File size:
186 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Understood Betsy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to read, and have read MANY, but this is my favorite! I read it over and over, as a girl, and then read it aloud to my husband and children, several times. Now, the kids are grown and married, and I'm about to read it, again, as my new daughter-in-law has never heard it! Sure, I could let her read it, herself, but this is an excuse for me to live in Betsy's world, once more! When I get to the chapter in which Betsy learns she must soon leave the farm, I cry, every time, though I try bravely not to! I feel that that says something for the author, Dorothy Canfield. She makes her stories truly live! I hope my kids will pass this story on to generations to come, as it is timeless, educational, and heartwarming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book for girls! Boys may not like it because it is not exciting!Betsy learns to think for herself and to be brave. When she is 8 she is sent to live with her horrible coisins out in the country.Well when she gets there she finds out that they are not horrible at all!And.....well you will have to read it to find out. Its a great book, read it!
Azizza More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book as a child. Didn't disappoint now that I am 69. Will share with my grandchildren,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful!!!
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verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry cute and inerstin gurt 4 kids
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This is a story of a young girl growing up and learning self reliance all wrapped up in a very enjoyable story. I was given this book when I was ten years old and it became one of my favorite books of all time. I purchased this copy for a great-niece.
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Bailey Graf More than 1 year ago
This book changed my childhood. read it. now. seriously. buy it. its free. do it. now.
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An old family favorite - I was glad to find it in a form that could go on my Nook. A few typos, but nothing really annoying. . .
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a childhood favorite of mine. I always disappeared into the story, and I liked this old-fashioned picture of Vermont farm life. A child reading this gets a glimpse into a world that has disappeared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never read this book but im giving a three. Because its probably a good book. Once i read it ill rate it again.