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Back to School with Betsy (Betsy)

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In the third grade, Betsy and Billy have lots of fun in school and out. “Large, bold type, perfect pictures, and a charming story.”--Christian Science Monitor
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 19th 1943 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1943)
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Connie  Kuntz
This is the third "Betsy" book we've read. Haywood's writing is excellent, and her illustrations are undeniably charming, but for realz, the Betsy experiences are starting to blur for me. But...my kids still love to read about her childhood, and that is why I'm reading this series.

I think it is remarkable how much they relate to her, even though they don't have nearly as many friends as Betsy does, go to school, or have a friendly policeman friend. I guess it is because Betsy is caring, and all
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Laura
I bought Back to School With Betsy thinking that it was part of the Betsy-Tacy series. Wrong! (Oops…) As it turns out, I think I like it better than the only Betsy-Tacy that I’ve read.

The Story.

Betsy and her friends Elle and Billy are horrified to learn that their favorite teacher, Miss Grey, will not be returning to teach them in the fall. She’s getting married! How perfectly horrid of her! Not even the arrival of a new neighbor, Mr. Jackson, in the house next door is enough to cheer them up co
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Caleb Mckenzie
I liked Back to School with Betsy. They got a chicken in the end chapter and it turned out to be a rooster. They went on a sleigh ride and Betsy's father. Betsy's father had a dream once where he was in a sleigh and he was with Santa Claus and they went to an old inn and there were two dogs talking to each other. There was a fire. The dog said I'm a hotdog!
Luke Ewell
I liked it a lot. Betsy's neighbor married Ms. Grey and Betsy was so happy. She also got to go on a sleigh ride with Santa's twin brother. I was wondering who the new teacher would be and it was Mrs. Ross.
Anne G
When I was little, this was my favorite book ever. I found it in the library at Christ the King school in first grade and as I got older I would secretly hide it in my book pile at the library to only read it one more time. The best part of this book is that it was written so long ago but yet displays interracial adoption. When I look back at it and think of what year it was when this book was actually written, its amazing to see that someone encompassed this so early on in a decade where someth ...more
Jacqui Robbins
In which I learn not to reread some childhood favorites.

I remembered liking this book. I had a fond feeling in my heart when I flipped through the illustrations. After rereading, I'm not sure what I liked. Maybe it's just dated (I did laugh out loud when little Betsy begged her mother to adopt her "a little colored baby"), or maybe kids' books now are so much more complex and realistic. Either way, I was disappointed that Betsy and her friends didn't buy their teacher a monkey as a wedding pres
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Cheryl
ok, there's one reference to a Christian god, and one chapter in which Betsy decides she wants her family to have more babies of all colors. But this was seriously charming, without being twee or unrealistic, or even all that dated. Some children really do have happy childhoods, and it's ok to celebrate that.
Annie
I love these books! They have nice little stories and fifties pictures to go along with them. Great read-alouds for the kids.
Casertalaura
Love this series. Timeless story about growing up!
Laura Quilter
Back to school with Betsy by Carolyn Haywood (1943)
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