Understood Betsy

by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Rated 4.9 out of 5


Rated 5 out of 5
November 1, 2020

I loved the personal tone that the author used in this book, like she was telling you the story in person. It made it so fun to see Betsy ‘wake up’ to herself and find delight in thinking for herself and realizing that she was truly capable of many things. I really like this book and I am excited to read it aloud to all my kids!

Mackenzie S


Rated 5 out of 5
October 30, 2020

This is a true family favorite! Oh, how we loved the story and messages. What a wonderful book about family relationships, overcoming anxieties, and kindness.

Lezlie-Anne I

One of our favorite books ever!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 6, 2020

I fell in love with this book and passed it along to my oldest daughter, who loved it and turned around and read it aloud to my youngest daughter at bedtime each night. It was so sweet to listen to them reading together and they both love the story. I asked my oldest why she loves it so much, and she said it’s because Betsy learns to become self-reliant, a good friend, and confident, and she wants to be like that too.

Danielle B

For everyone

Rated 5 out of 5
September 24, 2020

I would highly recommend this to all children age 9–14. It is such a beautiful story of change, compromise, and understanding. One can’t help but relate to Betsy and her trials.

My mother read this book as a child and recommended it to me. I am pleased now to recommend this book to my own daughter—although I hope that my sons will read it as well!



Rated 5 out of 5
July 13, 2020

This was a delightful book full of optimism, kindness, and resourcefulness. I enjoyed watching Betsy change from a fearful little girl to an outgoing friend. Enjoying the love of nature is wonderful to read about.

Linda L
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Level 8

Timid and small for her age, nine-year-old Elizabeth Ann has lived with her cautious Aunt Frances since she was orphaned as a baby. When her aunt can no longer care for her, Elizabeth Ann must leave her sheltered city life to live on a remote farm in Vermont with her “horrid Putney cousins.”

In the beginning, Elizabeth Ann is shocked by country living–the dog lives in the house, she must walk to school alone, and she is expected to do chores! As her perceptions change, Betsy starts to discover the strength and abilities that lie inside her.

“It was no surprise that this classic book was a top pick by our editors: the beautiful writing and profound messages of Understood Betsy sink deep into the heart.” —Jenny Phillips

159 pages, hardcover, ribbon bookmark

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