Understood Betsy

Brief Description: City based orphan goes to live with her country relatives, depicts farm life at beginning of 20th century

Geographical Setting: , , ,

Historical Era:

Date Range: 1916

Keywords: , , , ,

Original Publication: 1917

Suitable for Grades: 3-7th

Target Audience: Middle Grade

Librarian's Review

Elizabeth Ann (“Betsy”) is a nine-year-old orphan when she reluctantly goes to live with her country relatives.  This delightful novel depicts turn of the (last) century farm life, as Betsy learns to sew, cook, drive horses and raise kittens.  In the process, she grows to love her rough hewn relatives in a world of country fairs, no mirrors, and a one room school house.  The author was instrumental in introducing the Montessori teaching method to America, and this story is an illustration of that method.

Leave a Reply