- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Avyx (December 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1887840133
- ISBN-13: 978-1887840132
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Understood Betsy Paperback – December 1, 1996
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So this book was both entertaining (hard to put down!) and instructive (you don't really want to BE that smothering aunt... nor do you want to be that kid who has to endure one)... but it's a bigger story than even that. For there is generosity of spirit and not condemnation that meets each person where they are.
Truly a beautiful book! Definitely recommend!
Dorothy Canfield wrote this children's classic and the book was first published in 1916. After reading about Ms. Canfield, I discovered she was a contemporary of Maria Montessori and with this current reading, I was attuned to her promotion of Ms. Montessori's ideas. Really, this book seems to be written to promote self-reliance, open-mindednes, hard work to reach goals, charity to those with less, and not prejudging others based on hearsay. Well, that's a few of the values promoted in Understood Betsy.
Elizabeth Ann was orphaned young and lived with her aunt and great aunt in a city in the northeast. The younger aunt, Aunt Frances, watched and worried over the child so much that Elizabeth Ann was scared of her own shadow. Aunt Frances loved her charge very much, but she herself was high strung and skittish. She was especially overprotective of her niece.
Circumstances occurred that would force Aunt Frances to send the girl to live with her country cousins, the Putneys. These people were so totally different in their treatment of Elizabeth Ann, whom they immediately started calling Betsy, that Betsy could not but help but become less afraid, more self-reliant, and healthier all around.Read more ›
The book is well-written enough for an adult to enjoy. There's not an ounce of sentimentality in it. A tiny kitten, clasped ecstatically by Betsy, regards the young girl with "bored, speculative eyes". At the farm in Putney Vermont, Betsy learns how to work hard, relate with integrity, not self-serving charity. Most importantly, she learns to see the world with acuity and to think for herself. Any child would identify with Betsy gaining her independence. And any mother struggling to not become a "helicopter mom" will find heartening support here.
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I had read this book a long time ago but had forgotten the story. I felt nudged to read it again and purchased it as a Kindle book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Karen T Foust
Reading about the transformation of this child through her eyes was refreshingly different and beautiful. Read this with your family. I would definitely recommend this book.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is my favorite children's literature read-aloud story. There are complex themes and feelings, lots to talk about with your children. Excellent story.Published 10 months ago by CMoss
We just love this book, my kids cannot wait for story time. Kids 7 and 9 totally get the plot line and the nuances. Really great read-a-loud.Published 10 months ago by V. Arduini
This is a great story that my family enjoyed reading together. It was entertaining with things to learn as well! Those are the books I love to read.Published 13 months ago by jay_vee_zee
Good and easy read. Love some of the old fashion words used. I would definitely recommend this book, even a young child would enjoy it.Published 13 months ago by lchinito