Daily Archives for: March 9th, 2015

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield (1917)

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher has delighted generations of young readers since it was published in 1917. A tale of a young girl’s growth toward independence, it has been reissued in numerous editions, proving its timelessness. The 1999 edition from Henry Holt and Co. described the book in brief:

“For all of her nine years, fragile Elizabeth Ann has heard her Aunt Frances refer in whispers to ‘those horrid Putney cousins.’ But when her aunt can no longer care for her, Elizabeth Ann is forced to leave a sheltered life to live in the wilds of Vermont with distant relatives. Read More→


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Come and Get It by Edna Ferber (1935)

From the original review in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle by Betty Brainerd, February, 1935:  In Come and Get It by Edna Ferber is a lusty and dramatic saga of life in the Wisconsin north woods.

Before mentioning anything else you have to say about Edna Ferber, it’s that she has been places and she has seen things. And then, having seen things, she proceeds to picture them for others in a manner that is so natural and clear that you, too, begin to see them, and to live them. But not like Edna Ferber sees them. Read More→


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