- 出版社: University Press of New England (1999年3月31日)
- 丛书名: Hardscrabble Books
- 平装: 182页
- 读者对象: 9 - 12 岁
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0874519209
- 条形码: 9780874519204
- 商品尺寸: 13.3 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
- 商品重量: 213 g
- ASIN: 0874519209
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Understood Betsy (英语) 平装 – 1999年3月31日
New York Times Book Review" "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" 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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This novel reminds me of other novels about children. It reminds me a little bit of "Anne Of Green Gables", but, as I recollect, is somewhat shorter. This is a little girl who has lost her parents. She embarks on a series of childhood adventures with various relatives. In he course of these adventures, she learns a great number of life lessons. She also learns a lot about herself. It is truly a delightful story.
As a grandparent, I am looking for stories to read with my grandchildren and grand nieces and grand nephews. This story is perfect for such an endeavor. I believe it will suit a young lady more than a young man.
I thoroughly enjoyed this reading experience. Thank You...
Uncle Henry, Aunt Abigail, and Cousin Ann, who all call her Betsy, are very different from Great-Aunt Harriet and Aunt Frances. While in Vermont, Betsy learns how to drive a horse-drawn wagon, starts helping with meal preparation, walks alone to a school where Aunt Frances has not told the teachers to pamper her, starts a sewing society among her friends and schoolmates to help a needy boy, and celebrates her tenth birthday by going to the Necronsett Valley Fair over in Woodford where she is accidentally left behind and must get herself and her little friend Molly home by themselves. By the end of her stay, she is no longer pale, thin, and weak, but tanned, muscular, and strong. What will Aunt Frances think when she comes to take Elizabeth Ann home? And will Betsy decide to go with her or will she want to stay with the Putneys?
Understood Betsy is a delightful story. Dorothy Canfield Fisher helped to introduce the Montessori method of teaching into the United States, and this book reflects her belief that children learn best in natural settings rather than artificial environments. This sounds a lot like what homeschoolers have found, doesn't it? Mrs. Fisher's views that school should be a place for actual education and learning rather than a mere formality may seem quaint to some but helps to explain what so many of us have found objectionable with modern public education. The word "gosh" is used a few times, and one man says, "Lord, no." There is one reference to dancing. Some have objected to what they feel is the author's somewhat heavy-handed "preachiness," but it is still a wonderful book and will give children a good view of what life was like almost a hundred years ago.