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". But she comes to love her new family, who teaches her self-reliance. Then her aunt recovers, and Elizabeth Ann must choose between two ways of life. Illustrated.

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Ann H

Feb 24, 2011

Understood Betsy

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

Wonderful Book!

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


May 17, 2007

Understood Betsy

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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