Understood Betsy

Understood Betsy

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by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
     
 

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Henry Holt and Company originally published Understood Betsy in 1917 and published newly illustrated editions in 1946 and 1971. We are delighted to reissue this beloved classic once again, with new illustrations by a respected artist, for a new generation.

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Henry Holt and Company originally published Understood Betsy in 1917 and published newly illustrated editions in 1946 and 1971. We are delighted to reissue this beloved classic once again, with new illustrations by a respected artist, for a new generation.

Editorial Reviews

Emilie Buchwald
This edition is a pleasure to hold and to read. I hope that it will introduce another generation to Understood Betsy, a book that will continue to warm readers well into the next millennium. Riverbank Review
Children's Literature - Ellen R. Braaf
Nine-year-old Elizabeth Ann, who was orphaned as a baby, lives in the city with her two doting aunts. They suffocate her with love, dedicating all their energies to her care. When Aunt Harriet becomes ill, Elizabeth Ann is ordered away by the doctor. Having heard terrible things about her cousins, the Putneys of Vermont, she's terrified when she has to go live with them. As soon as she gets off the train in Vermont, Elizabeth Ann's life is never the same. Her much-feared Great-uncle Henry gently begins the transformation when--with only a brief explanation of how to control the horses--he hands her the reins and lets her drive their wagon home. With the Putney's love and encouragement, the coddled, frail and insecure Elizabeth Ann changes into the robust, confident, and capable Betsy. Dorothy Canfield Fisher's commitment to the Montessori philosophy is evident in this delightful and heartwarming classic. The pencil drawings by Kimberly Bulcken Root add charm to this new edition. 1999 (orig.
New York Times Book Review
Understood Betsy is sure to delight a new generation of very busy, overscheduled chidren whose own chances for early independemce and initiative are limited. It may even teach their parents a thing or two about the best way to raise a child.
—Elizabeth Spires
From the Publisher
"Understood Betsy is as satisfying in its evocation of an earlier, simpler way of life as Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, and psychologically more acute. Fisher is a master of presenting, in a low-key, humorous way, a 'New Englandy' way of doing and saying things . . . Understood Betsy is sure to delight a new generation of very busy, over-scheduled children whose own chances for early independence and initiative are limited. It may even teach their parents a thing or two about the best way to raise a child." —New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781445508504
Publisher:
Read Books Design
Publication date:
07/26/2010
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Named by Eleanor Roosevelt as one of America's ten most influential women, DOROTHY CANFIELD FISHER (1879 - 1958) brought the Montessori Method of child rearing to America, presided over the country's first adult education program, and for 25 years influenced American literary tastes as a member of the Book-of-the-Month Club selection committee. A committed social activist and educational reformer, the popular Arlington, Vermont writer produced 22 works of fiction, including Seasoned Timber and 18 nonfiction books on a wide range of subjects.

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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!
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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.