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By Carolyn Haywood

Carolyn Haywood's tales approximately her irrepressible personality Betsy have by no means been out of print, and now, because of dynamic new covers, the Betsy books will locate their method onto the bookshelves of contemporary younger readers--and into the hearts of an entire new iteration. it is a new 12 months, and Betsy has a brand new want: she's going to play soccer at the boys' group. after all, the men refuse to play soccer with a woman. that's, till Betsy and Mr. Kilpatrick cook dinner up a mystery plan to win Betsy a place at the crew. . . .

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What colour is it? " requested Betsy. "It's a yellow one," stated Mrs. Kilpatrick. "The just one within the clutter that wasn't just like the mom. I claim, it is simply as if the Queen did not just like the kitten simply because it truly is diversified from her and the remainder of them. " "Sort of an unpleasant duckling? " acknowledged Betsy. "That's it! " responded Mrs. Kilpatrick. "But you take into accout the grotesque duckling grew to become out to be the great thing about the lot, and it is my opinion that this kitten could be the attractiveness, too. Now the place do you think that cat concealed that kitten? " Mrs. Kilpatrick's stitching basket used to be on a low stool. Betsy regarded into the basket. It used to be packed with Mr. Kilpatrick's socks and shirts that wanted mending. yet curled up within the middle of the basket was once a around golden ball of soppy fur. "Here it really is! " cried Betsy. Mrs. Kilpatrick leaned over the basket. "Well, definite as religion! you've gotten stumbled on it," she cried. opting for it up, she put it in Betsy's hands. Betsy carried the kitten again to the laundry. "What have you ever named them? " she requested. "They're no longer named yet," stated Mrs. Kilpatrick. "Have you any principles approximately names? " Betsy was once overjoyed. She enjoyed naming issues. "Well," she acknowledged, "first of all, are they boys or ladies? " "Sure, i suppose merely time will tell," acknowledged Mrs. Kilpatrick. "It's not easy to inform while they're so younger. " "Of course," stated Betsy, "their mom being a Queen, they are going to be princes and princesses. " "Now I by no means considered that," acknowledged Mrs. Kilpatrick. "But after all you are correct. Princesses and princes they're. " "It will be funny," stated Betsy, "if you gave them ladies' names, like Princess Mabel or Princess Katherine, after which they grew to become out to be boys. Prince Mabel or Prince Katherine may sound exceptionally humorous. " Mrs. Kilpatrick and Betsy either laughed. "That's right," acknowledged Mrs. Kilpatrick. "It could most likely have a foul impact on their inclinations. " Betsy puckered up her forehead and regarded down on the kittens. She was once nonetheless maintaining the yellow one. eventually she appeared up at Mrs. Kilpatrick. "I understand what! " she cried, and her eyes have been shining. "We may perhaps name them Eenie, Meenie, Minie, and Mo. Then after they get greater it will not make any distinction whether or not they are Prince Eenie or Princess Eenie or Prince Meenie or Princess Meenie or Prince Minie or Princess Minie or Prince Mo or Princess Mo. " Mrs. Kilpatrick clapped her arms jointly. "Now that is what I name correct smart," she stated. "What do you need to name the only you're conserving? " Betsy checked out the kitten. "I imagine this one might be Eenie," she stated. "And the black ones should be Meenie, Minie, and Mo. " "Well now, that is correct stylish! " acknowledged Mrs. Kilpatrick. "And how do you want to have Eenie on your personal kitten? " "Oh, that might be very good! " exclaimed Betsy. "You suggest i will take him domestic and maintain him? " "Certainly," stated Mrs. Kilpatrick. "Oh, i'm wondering if Thumpy may mind," stated Betsy. "Thumpy is my cocker spaniel, you recognize. " "Well, Thumpy could not deal with that kitten any worse than its personal mom treats it," stated Mrs. Kilpatrick. "That's right," acknowledged Betsy. "I bet Thumpy may get used to it.

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