“Understood Betsy”

03 Aug

Before I forget, I have to mention a lovely children’s book I read a few weeks ago.

Have you heard of “Understood Betsy” by Dorothy Canfield Fisher?

I’d heard mixed reviews about it and so hadn’t been encouraged to pick it up. Plus, it wasn’t on our school reading horizon as it’s definitely more of a girls’ book than a boys’.

But then, one night, when I was looking for something to read (I’d obviously planned to read it at some point as it was already loaded on my kindle), I decided to give “Understood Betsy” a try.

Well I’m glad I did!!  I really should stop listening to negative reviews.  Some people just don’t know what a good book is!

“Understood Betsy” was delightful.  The story follows the transformation of Betsy as she goes to live with her country relatives.  She’d been living with her over-coddling aunt and had been taught to fear these relatives that she now had to live with.  But thankfully, they are not nearly as ominous as she had been expecting. A truly charming book!

There are some wonderful messages in this story too – resourcefulness, responsibility, independence, not to mention an interesting look at parenting styles.

Did you know that the author was a friend of Maria Montessori?  You can spot her philosophies sprinkled within the pages of the book.

I really enjoyed this book.  I would have loved it as a little girl.


*  I downloaded my copy for free from Gutenberg

*  I discovered that you can also download the audio for free from Librivox

*  But I might just have to purchase my own copy to put on the shelves.  🙂


1 Comment

Posted by on August 3, 2014 in My Library


One response to ““Understood Betsy”

  1. Elsa

    August 3, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Ah yes. We enjoyed that book here. Even my eldest son. I personally, think it’s good to read aloud both ‘girls books’ and ‘boys books’, to both. Gives them another perspective. Glad you’ve found it, and agree also, that what some people don’t enjoy could be your own little gem, and vice versa. 🙂


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