Understood Betsy

by Dorothy Canfield


4.0 rating
February 25, 2021

Nice book and my children liked it, however, I found it a bit slow or dry at times. I liked the quality of the book. Rating 3.5 stars

Krista B.

Beautiful messages

5.0 rating
January 7, 2021

I never read this gem as a kid but I’m such a fan now and especially recommend it to fans of Anne of Green Gables. The book is level 8 for its reading level but I’d still recommend it as a read-aloud for families of younger children too.
Beautiful messages in this one!

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Nurture Bringing out True Nature

5.0 rating
December 14, 2020

Great book! It was amazing to see Betsy transform through the story. With the right nurturing, her nature was really able to grow and blossom.

Ann M.

Started out slow but got better

5.0 rating
November 2, 2020

I thought it was a cute book. I thought it was a sweet story about growing up and overcoming fears. My kids enjoyed listening to it.



5.0 rating
October 31, 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
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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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