- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Rough Draft Printing (July 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603865764
- ISBN-13: 978-1603865760
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.3 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Understood Betsy - Illustrated Paperback – July 24, 2013
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Dorothy Canfield Fisher was a pioneer in children's literature. In addition to writing more than fifty books for children, she was a co-founder of the Book-of-the-Month Club and a key reviewer for The New York Times. While Ms. Fisher lived most of her life in New York City, she retained an enormous affection for the hills of Vermont, where she was raised. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Uncle Henry, Aunt Abigail, and Cousin Ann, who all call her Betsy, are very different from Great-Aunt Harriet and Aunt Frances. While in Vermont, Betsy learns how to drive a horse-drawn wagon, starts helping with meal preparation, walks alone to a school where Aunt Frances has not told the teachers to pamper her, starts a sewing society among her friends and schoolmates to help a needy boy, and celebrates her tenth birthday by going to the Necronsett Valley Fair over in Woodford where she is accidentally left behind and must get herself and her little friend Molly home by themselves. By the end of her stay, she is no longer pale, thin, and weak, but tanned, muscular, and strong. What will Aunt Frances think when she comes to take Elizabeth Ann home? And will Betsy decide to go with her or will she want to stay with the Putneys?
Understood Betsy is a delightful story. Dorothy Canfield Fisher helped to introduce the Montessori method of teaching into the United States, and this book reflects her belief that children learn best in natural settings rather than artificial environments. This sounds a lot like what homeschoolers have found, doesn't it? Mrs. Fisher's views that school should be a place for actual education and learning rather than a mere formality may seem quaint to some but helps to explain what so many of us have found objectionable with modern public education. The word "gosh" is used a few times, and one man says, "Lord, no." There is one reference to dancing. Some have objected to what they feel is the author's somewhat heavy-handed "preachiness," but it is still a wonderful book and will give children a good view of what life was like almost a hundred years ago.