Understood Betsy Author:Dorothy Canfield Fisher For all of her nine years, fragile Elizabeth Ann has heard her Aunt Frances refer in whispers to her "horrid Putney cousins." But when her aunt can no longer care for her, Elizabeth Ann must leave her sheltered life to live in the wilds of Vermont with those distant relatives. — In the beginning, Elizabeth Ann is shocked by country living--pets a... more »re allowed to sleep in the house and children are expected to do chores! But with country living comes independence and responsibility, and in time, Elizabeth Ann finds herself making friends and enjoying her new family. When the year is up and Aunt Frances comes to get her niece, she finds a healthier, prouder girl with a new name--Betsy--and a new outlook on life.
Understood Betsy has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published by Henry Holt and Company in 1917. Kimberly Bulcken Root's charmingly detailed illustrations capture the winning spirit of this classic.« less
This is a precious book about a very sheltered, timid girl who comes to find the courage and resourcefulness she is really made of. Even though the main character is a girl, I read this aloud to my boys who would always beg for more. Don't miss this one!
Every parent and child should read this classic. The characters are so well developed you would recognize any of them instantly if you met them on the street, and the underlying theme, that children learn by doing, by being given real responsibility and work, is one sorely needed today.