Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Book Review: Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (Family Read Aloud)

Understood BetsyUnderstood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


What a great book!  We read this aloud and the lessons Betsy learns, the approaches the different adults take, the feeling the reader gets from the characters is well balanced, interesting, and beautiful.

Betsy's growth and improvement over the course of the book is wonderful.  She starts as a pitiable, incapable child and becomes a reliable, admirable child.  The descriptions of her education at home and in the one room schoolhouse are striking examples of what teaching and learning can be.  The love she is taught to express to little 'Lias, in very few words, is an example to this Mommy.

My daughter, M-girl, in particular, fell in love with this book.  She could relate to Betsy as a girl near her age, and learned to love Aunt Abigail, Uncle Henry, and Cousin Ann.

This is a book I would love to add to our library.

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  1. Lydia and I loved this book as well. Getting Ryan to read it may be a bit of a challenge though. Maybe I'll try reading it aloud to him.

  2. Never heard of this one- thanks for sharing!


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