The Summer of the Swans was not Betsy Byars’s first book, but it was the first to be showered with praise and awards. One critic called it an over-whelming success. Since the novel was first pub-lished in 1970, two generations of readers have come to agree. The novel contains many details that are bor-rowed from the author’s own life. The setting is West Virginia, where Byars lived at the time she wrote the book. The main character, Sara Godfrey, is a fourteen-year-old girl who resembles Byars herself as a teenager. Byars explains, When I was little, I had big feet for my age; I gave those. The Summer of the Swans Chapters 1–6 Personal Response. What is your impression of Sara at this point in the book? Explain. Analyzing Literature.
I first encountered Betsy Byars' Summer of the Swans in German translation (probably in 1976 when I was ten years old, but it might in fact have been a year earlier, in 1975). And I do well remember that I absolutely loved Summer of the Swans as a child (or Als die Schwäne kamen as the novel is known in German), that I read the novel three times in a row, that I most definitely felt very emotionally close and connected to main protagonist Sara Godfrey (and although she at the age of fourteen was perhaps. This was such a disappointment after enjoying Betsy Byars' The Winged Colt of Casa Mia. Color me nutty, but if a book is titled The SUMMER of the Swans, perhaps swans should somehow be part of a whole summer instead of just two friggin' days. I guess this was one of the first books to deal with an autistic child (long before the word "autism" was coined).
by Byars, Betsy Cromer. Publication date 1974. Topics People with mental disabilities, Brothers and sisters. Publisher New York : Avon Books. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Gutierres on February 11, 2010.
Betsy Cromer Byars (August 7, 1928 - ) is an American children's author. Her novel "Summer of the Swans" won the 1971 Newbery Medal. In 1987 she received the Regina Medal, for lifetime achievement, from the Catholic Library Association. Byars was born Betsy Cromer August 7, 1928, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Betsy Byars began her writing career rather late in life. In all of my school years,. not one single teacher ever said to me, 'Perhaps you should consider becoming a writer,'" Byars recalls. Anyway, I didn't want to be a writer. Writing seemed boring. Also go check out some of her other book they are very balanced as well. Would rate this book 5 stare because it has all the 5 things that a book need to be a good book. I am so grateful and if you read the books I recommend you will she what I mean.