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 ...
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... (wikipedia.org)
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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