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"B" is for Betsy (A Voyager/HBJ book)

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A book by Carolyn Haywood

Praise for "B" Is for Betsy:  "Simply and naturally [told]. . . . A pleasing addition to the list of realistic stories."--The New York Times Book Review  --This text refers to an alternatePaperbackedition.

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Author: Carolyn Haywood
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
1 review about "B" is for Betsy (A Voyager/HBJ book)

Stories for Children Magazine 5 Star Review

  • Oct 5, 2008
REVIEWED BY: Wayne Walker
Carolyn Haywood (1898-1990) was a native of Philadelphia. One of America's most popular authors of children's books, she published her first book, "B" Is for Betsy, in 1939, and wrote more than forty books altogether. Many of her own childhood experiences can be found in her novels. In this book, Betsy has turned six. It chronicles her first year in school and tells how school goes from being a large and frightening place, based on the scary tales of Old Ned, her grandfather's hired hand, from his childhood school days, to being something exciting and interesting.
This book describes what schools were like in the "olden days." For example, just before Thanksgiving, Betsy's teacher tells how the Pilgrims gave thanks to God. Betsy is not an "ipsy-pipsy perfect" little girl. She is naughty on occasion, but she suffers the consequences of her actions, is sorry, and learns to do better. I had never heard of this series. Haywood's stories about her irrepressible character Betsy, originally consisting of twelve books, have never been out of print, and now the first four Betsy books are back for a whole new generation of young readers. The other three are Back to School with Betsy, Betsy and Billy, and Betsy and the Boys.

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