Classics Challenge - Understood Betsy

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.


  1. I love this book. I first read it in fourth grade, then I read it to my daughter. This year she read it to her daughter. It is a wonderful book to read as a child, but it's an equally wonderful book to read as an adult. You're right of course that a child resonates with different parts than an adult does, and probably learns different lessons. It's by far my favorite of the DC Fisher books I've read.

  2. This is a book I intend to read, even started it once. Glad to hear you liked it.

  3. I love Understood Betsy. I read it aloud to our daughter a few years back as part of the Sonlight curriculum. I think it should be required reading for every young girl ;-)