Understood Betsy [SCM]
by Dorothy Canfield Fisher Author
(From Amazon): The insightful story of how an over-protected girl becomes a self-confident young woman.
- Resource Type
- Print Status
- In Print
- Suggested Grades
- 1st - 4th
- Geographical Setting
- 1 Aunt Harriet Has a Cough
- 2 Betsy Holds the Reins
- 3 A Short Morning
- 4 Betsy Goes to School
- 5 What Grade Is Betsy?
- 6 If You Don't Like Conversation . . . Skip This Chapter!
- 7 Elizabeth Ann Fails in an Examination
- 8 Betsy Starts a Sewing Society
- 9 The New Clothes Fail
- 10 Betsy Has a Birthday
- 11 Understood Aunt Frances
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Slow start but charming and engaging
Reviewed by Parent/Teacher
We were skeptical of this book at first. I was reading it to an eight-year-old boy, but the protagonist is a girl. The slow beginning sets the reader up for the contrast in Betsy's "boring" previous life and her new life in the country. Persevere past chapter two and you'll be rewarded.
Self-reliance is a major theme in this book. Also charming are the descriptions of the one-room schoolhouse (very much like a homeschool in the way pupils are grouped according to ability), and entertainments of days-gone-by, such as a county fair. My son gave this a "thumbs up" at the end. We read this aloud as "leisure reading" and he begged for more at the end of each chapter.