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Understood Betsy

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Sheltered, nine-year-old Elizabeth Ann is terrified when she is sent from her loving Aunt Frances to live with "those horrid Putney Vermont cousins". ... Show synopsis

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  • Understood Betsy (University Press of New England) – Trade paperback (1999)
    by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

    Understood Betsy

    Trade paperback, University Press of New England
    1999
    English
    182 pages

    ISBN: 0874519209
    ISBN-13: 9780874519204

    Thanks to her loving but over-protective guardian aunts, Betsy is a fearful, self-absorbed, nine-year-old hypochondriac. One of the most terrible items on her long list of fears is the horrid cousins her aunts never mention without shuddering. When her aunts are suddenly no longer able to care for her, Betsy is, incredibly, sent to live with those very relatives. Arriving in Vermont alone and full of trepidation, Betsy is immediately invited by her Uncle Henry to drive the carriage. Steering the fearful horses is just the ... Show more

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Reviews of Understood Betsy

Overall customer rating: 4.750
Ann H

Understood Betsy

by Ann H on Feb 24, 2011

I read this book as a child and wanted to read it again to refresh my memory. It was every bit as delightful as it was then.

mommyschooler

Wonderful Book!

by mommyschooler on Jan 8, 2008

This is a wonderful read aloud with your children. A very heartwarming look at the past.

melody

Understood Betsy

by melody on May 17, 2007

This is a great book for read-aloud at school, and is a wonderful picture of the past.

VoraciousReader

Classic Children's Literature

by VoraciousReader on Apr 5, 2007

Understood Betsey is a delightful story about a timid girl, dependent on her aunts, who is transformed into someone of character, strength, and ability. Betsey learns solid moral lessons, often through humorous mishaps, that readers of any age would do well to remember. She learns that doing something good only for the praise you get, is not the best motivation. She also learns to think and care about others. The author's attachment to the Montessori style of education is quite apparent in her portrayal of Betsey's schooling. She promotes learning at one's own pace and points out that learning to live is more important than learning how to pass a paper examination. In summary, this is a good, wholesome book with warm characters. The author weaves a tale which will both amuse her readers and cause them to stop and think.

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