Understood Betsy

  • by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • Narrated by Anne Hancock
  • 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Ann is being carefully brought up by her Aunt Frances. Aunt Frances shares in all Elizabeth Ann's fears and slights, walks her to and from school each day, and conscientiously follows the most modern theories on child-rearing. She is the original helicopter parent. Not surprisingly, at nine years old Elizabeth Ann is timid and shy, friendless, and completely dependent on her doting aunt.
Then an emergency occurs, and the fearful little girl is temporarily sent to other relatives who live on a farm in Vermont. When her uncle Henry nonchalantly hands her the buggy reins for the ride from the train station, the newly named Betsy realizes that that this new family expects her to think for herself.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher was an early advocate of Maria Montessori's educational theory of learning by doing, and her heroine flourishes as she becomes aware of and interested in the world around her and discovers how truly capable she is.

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Like a picnic on a warm spring day

I really enjoyed this book. The descriptions of the countryside and the people who decorated it were warm and fuzzy - in a good way. Yes, it might have been a little predictable and pollyannish but those aren't always bad things. I watch my comfort movies over and over and know they aren't going to change and that's what I like about them. Sometimes I need a little sunshine and 'sometimes things do turn out alright' in my life and this fit the bill. I would say it 'was a simpler time' but I don't know that and suspect every time has its challenges and beauty. It was without cell phones, computers and sports cars and it appealed to my inner tween.
I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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- josie "Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear"

Beautiful Story about Discovery and Love

Who was your favorite character and why?

I adored Betsy and her cousins


Which scene was your favorite?

Loved the poetry reading, the story about the fair and so many others


Any additional comments?

This was a delightful story. It's a must read for Laura Ingall fans. The author creates such a wonderful setting. Ms. Hancock captures the essence of the setting and characters perfectly. It truly was an enjoyable listening experience.

I received a copy via audiobook boom in exchange for an unbiased review.

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- Tiasdolls "I love books...I love storytelling. Audiobooks allow me to enjoy a great story while still being able to do my daily routine. Thanks Audible"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2015
  • Publisher: Listen2aBook.com