A total life change. That s what Elizabeth Ann gets when she goes to visit her Vermont relatives, the Putneys. First of all, they call her Betsy, instead of Elizabeth Ann. But they don t just change her name. They change her whole life. Things she has never done before, she is suddenly expected to do things like driving a wagon, taking care of ...
A total life change. That s what Elizabeth Ann gets when she goes to visit her Vermont relatives, the Putneys. First of all, they call her Betsy, instead of Elizabeth Ann. But they don t just change her name. They change her whole life. Things she has never done before, she is suddenly expected to do things like driving a wagon, taking care of kittens, and doing her own hair. At first Betsy doesn t know what to think. And then she realizes that life on the Putney farm is much more exciting than life in the prim old city house."
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
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.
Jan 8, 2008
This is a wonderful read aloud with your children. A very heartwarming look at the past.
May 17, 2007
This is a great book for read-aloud at school, and is a wonderful picture of the past.
Apr 5, 2007
Classic Children's Literature
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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