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"B" is for Betsy
Haywood, Carolyn, 1898-1990.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1967]

Physical Description:
159 pages ; 21 cm
Betsy experiences an interesting first year in school and looks forward to summer vacation at her grandfather's farm.
Reading Level:
660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 2.0 5.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.9 4 Quiz: 13322 Guided reading level: P.
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Clearfield Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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"In this delightful story you will find out how Betsy learned to love school and how each day brought interesting new experiences and new friends into her life."-- Christian Science Monitor

Author Notes

Author and illustrator Carolyn Haywood was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 3, 1898. She graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls and the Philadelphia Normal School in 1922. After teaching one year at the Friends Central School, she received a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. While there, she studied portrait painting for three years, spent one year studying in Europe, and came back to study illustration. Her first children's book, When I Grow Up, was published in 1931. She is best known for her books in the Betsy and Eddie series. The first book, B Is for Betsy, was published in 1939. Her other works include Snowbound with Betsy, Hello, Star, and Eddie's Friend, Boddles.

Besides writing and illustrating her own books, she also painted children's portraits and painted murals in banks and schools in the Philadelphia area. She received the distinction of a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania in 1969 and received the Pennsylvania Librarians Outstanding Pennsylvania Author Award in 1970. She stopped illustrating her own books in the 1970's, but started writing adult books including Book of Honor, a collection of biographies of famous Pennsylvanian women. She died of a stroke on January 11, 1990 at the age of 92.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 1-Carolyn Haywood's 1939 story involves a series of mini-adventures during Betsy's first year of school. Although written more than 65 years ago, the anecdotes are just as relevant to children today: making a first friend, getting lost on the way to school, going to a birthday party, and other exciting exploits. Narrator Stina Nielson provides a straightforward interpretation, changing her tone slightly for each character. Although some of the language is archaic and politically incorrect, such as the word "Indian" instead of "Native American," this is a classic tale that could help prepare young children for their first year of school.-Cynthia Grabke, Thayer Public Library, Braintree, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1. Betsy Goes to School and Finds a Big Surprisep. 1
2. How Betsy Found Ellenp. 11
3. How Betsy Went to School Alonep. 23
4. How Wiggle and Waggle Grew Upp. 33
5. Ellen Has a Birthdayp. 46
6. Grandma Pretziep. 58
7. A Present for Betsyp. 70
8. How Betsy Went to Pick Violets and Got into Troublep. 82
9. Circuses are Funp. 95
10. Betsy Goes to the Farm and Tells Old Ned Some Newsp. 108

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