Understood Betsy

Understood Betsy

by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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ISBN-13: 9781466233539
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/04/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About 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. 26 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!
llpollac on LibraryThing 7 months ago
When nine-year-old Elizabeth Ann's Great-aunt Harriet becomes ill and she and her Aunt Frances are no longer able to take care of her, Elizabeth Ann is sent to live with her cousins in rural Putney, Vermont. With the application of chores and country living, Elizabeth Ann, now known as Betsy, transforms from a weak, anxious, sickly child to a sturdy, independent, self-confident girl. The narrator of "Understood Betsy," originally released in 1917, is overly chatty by today's standards, especially in the first few chapters. The story development, while solid, is also easily predictable to anyone familiar with this genre. This book seems aimed at middle-grades girls. However, today's middle-grades girls might not have the background necessary to enjoy the book, and older readers with the necessary background might find the subject matter and execution childish. Overall, "Understood Betsy" is dated, and probably most enjoyable for people who have exhausted more familiar books such as "Anne of Green Gables" and "The Secret Garden."
Teazle on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I loved this children's book about a timd girl sent to live with relatives, and how the way they treated her helped her become a self-confident person. I just wish I'd met it when I was a child!
randomnickname on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A lovely early 20th century American children's book. Elizabeth Anne, a timid, coddled child, is sent to live with her New England relatives and blossoms into a capable, independent, compassionate girl. This would be a good book for reading out loud, with it's quaint habit of directly addressing the reader at points in the story.
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