What Katy Did (Andre Deutsch Classics) Hardcover – 10 Oct 1996
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"This book really got me hooked while she struggled and was happy. I recommend it to all children and I hope you enjoy it too!!!" (Alice Brown, aged 10 Guardian)
"This tale of a boisterous child coming into maturity reads with the same zest and insight as it would have done when it was first published over 130 years ago" (Guardian)
"So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!" (National Association for the Teaching of English)
"A book about a long lanky tomboy with tangled hair, a crazy imagination and a whole heap of good intentions. Katy Carr wasn't perfect - far from it - but she was perfect for me!" (Cathy Cassidy) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The boisterous, tall, unstoppable Katy Carr will win your heart in her struggle to become good --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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However, the lessons are interspersed with annecdotes about Katy and her family. These are so alive and colourful that I am sure they must be partly true! There's the time Katy befriends a counterfeiter's wife; an important visitor finds and reads aloud Katy's story about Bop the blue poodle and Lady Edwitha of the Hebrides; and her sister Johnny's 'baby', a chair named Pikery falls ill and must be dosed with stolen medicine.
I love the underlying message, which is that good deeds begin at home - think globally, act locally. After Katy falls ill, she lies in bed fretting that she will never be able to perform all the great deeds she hoped to do. However she learns that she can make a difference to her family and friends.
I love the honesty of it - although at the end Katy is adored by her family, she is still sometimes headstrong and impatient, and there are times when she must work at being good. I loved the fact that her change has not consumed the joyous, impetuous part of her and there are still merry times after the accident.
I would love to know what a person who has suffered a similar disablement thinks of this story.
Similar reads are L M Mongomery's Anne and Emily books, Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneering stories and Louisa M Alcott's Little Women.
Well-written with great supporting characters including severe yet kindly Aunt Izzie, the siblings: Clover, Elsie, Dorry, John and Phil, each with a unique personality and my favourite character, the Carr children's sickly yet wise and patient Cousin Helen.
If you have read and enjoyed similar books such as Little Women or Anne of Green Gables, you should give this a try.
A light read of about 200 pages with a good message to it - but parents buying this book for a child should read it first and then decide for themselves whether their child will be able to cope with the slightly dark, melancholy and sad second half.
After an accident she has to learn some major life lessons, mainly patience and how to live with pain. Her family are very dear to her, despite her being difficult to live with for some time after her accident but she learns her lessons well and is able to be an important member of her family, despite being bedridden.
A lovely story, still appealing although written in 1872.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My sister bought me the entire collection of Katie books when I was a girl. I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Very innocent books loved by girls like me a shame things have changed.Published 28 days ago by dosh1
My mum downloaded me this book and I thought oh according classic but is it really good. I felt like I wanted to slap Cousin Helen though. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tildster
An old favourite, now being shared with granddaughterPublished 2 months ago by Mrs Elizabeth P Simpson
A wonderful antidote to reading a perfectly horrible book, I have gone through the whole Katy canon now! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs. Olga A. Danes-volkov
I read this and others in the Katy series as a child myself and throughly enjoyed them . Therefore when I was looking for a gift for a 9 year old girl who is a very keen reader I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lindsey Aitchison
I like it. Its nice for people who are invalids to be inspired to be like Katy and be active.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer