Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A-Z Wednesday

A-Z Wednesday is hosted by Vicky of Reading at the Beach. To join, look here.

This weeks letter is: U

Understood Betsy by Dorthy Canfield Fisher

Book Description:
Thanks to her loving but over-protective guardian aunts, Betsy is a fearful, self-absorbed, nine-year-old hypochondriac. One of the most terrible items on her long list of fears is the horrid cousins her aunts never mention without shuddering. When her aunts are suddenly no longer able to care for her, Betsy is, incredibly, sent to live with those very relatives.

Arriving in Vermont alone and full of trepidation, Betsy is immediately invited by her Uncle Henry to drive the carriage. Steering the fearful horses is just the beginning of her adventures in New England -- and independence. By the novel's end, Betsy has become very fond of the rough but affectionate relatives who eat in the kitchen and expect her to wash her own dishes. When she gets a letter from the aunts inviting her to come home, Betsy must make a difficult choice.

Understood Betsy has been published in numerous editions worldwide since its 1917 debut, and continues to charm readers with its delightful and surprisingly liberated characters.

My thoughts:
I probably would have never read this book except it was a literature selection for the curriculum that we use. I read it to my kids a couple of years ago and we all loved the story. If I remember right, it is a little slow going in the beginning but is definitely worth perservering through.


  1. This does sound like a good children's book.

  2. Hi!
    Sounds great. I'll have to check it out. I love to read books for children. They are sometimes better that adult books. have a great day!

    Just Books

  3. This does sound like a book that taps into the insecurities and fears of childhood.

    My post:

  4. This sounds like something I'd like to read, even if it is for children!

    Thanks for playing!

  5. Sounds like it might be kinda funny with a nine-year-old hypochondriac.

    My `U` is here:

  6. I have this one on my radar for the Shelf Awareness Challenge.

    My U book is here.

  7. Sounds like a good read for kids.

  8. I have not read this, but it sounds absolutely charming.
    If you want to have a look, here's my U book.
    Happy new year!

  9. I am going to keep this one in mind for the States challenge.

  10. Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!!!

  11. I love that you post YA and children's books, It takes a very skilled writer to "get his message" across to youth in a "few" words. thank you I always love your choices, and have already ordered it from my library.



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