Understood Betsy Author:Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Dorothy Canfield 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.
The illustrations in this edition were done by Catherine Barnes« less
This book is one my daughter and I enjoyed quite a bit. It tells about the gradual maturing of Elizabeth Ann (who has been sheltered and babied her entire life) into Betsy, an independent and happy child who begins to understand that life does not have to be overwhelming. All this is accomplished in a way that is not preachy or overly sentimental. I would highly recommend reading this book.