Add this to my "Childhood Classics I'm Sad I Didn't Read as a Child" List. It was wonderful and I certainly got a lot out of it as an adult but I know the lessons I learned and parts that resonated with me were not the ones I would have back then. But no use crying over spilt milk. I'll just be glad to know it will be in my children's curriculum in a few years. In fact, I think my mom even passed down an audio book version of this from when she taught my younger brother.
As a child, I think I was a lot like Betsy, not necessarily shy but unsure and timid in certain situations. I liked knowing what to expect and didn't like situations where I had to venture into the unknown, socially speaking. Know as a parent, I'm watching as my own little girl learns to navigate that same world. I loved seeing how Betsy grew more confident and how the adults around her subtle encouraged that growth.
Understood Betsy is my Classic Children's Book selection for the Back to the Classics Challenge. Visit Books and Chocolate to learn more about the challenge.