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Understood Betsy
Dorothy Canfield Fisher



Hardscrabble Books–Fiction of New England

UPNE
1999 • 182 pp. 5 1/4 x 7 5/8"
Children's Fiction

$12.95 Paperback, 978-0-87451-920-4



“Understood Betsy is as satisfying in its evocation of an earlier, simpler way of life as Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books, and psychologically more... [continued in Reviews below]”—The New York Times Book Review

A well-loved classic is once again available

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.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Understood Betsy is as satisfying in its evocation of an earlier, simpler way of life as Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books, and psychologically more acute. Fisher is a master of presenting, in a low-key, humorous way, a ‘New Englandy’ way of doing and saying things . . . Understood Betsy is sure to delight a new generation of very busy, over-scheduled children whose own chances for early independence and initiative are limited. It may even teach their parents a thing or two about the best way to raise a child.”—The New York Times Book Review



Named by Eleanor Roosevelt as one of America's ten most influential women, DOROTHY CANFIELD FISHER (1879 - 1958) brought the Montessori Method of child rearing to America, presided over the country's first adult education program, and for 25 years influenced American literary tastes as a member of the Book-of-the-Month Club selection committee. A committed social activist and educational reformer, the popular Arlington, Vermont writer produced 22 works of fiction, including Seasoned Timber and 18 nonfiction books on a wide range of subjects.



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