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What Katy Did (Children's Classics) Paperback – 5 Mar 1994
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Those who enjoy Jodie will turn with interest to Laurel Lefkow's spirited reading of Susan Coolidge's What Katy Did, not only because of the heroines' similarities, but because it opens such a vivid window into a domestic world that we have lost: full of aunts and cousins, innumerable siblings and clearly drawn moralities. Abridgement has meant a loss of detail, but has made the book work better for a modern audience. --Christina Hardyment, The Times
Katy Carr is untidy, tall and gangling, planning for the day when she will be "beautiful and beloved, and amiable as an angel". An accidental fall from a swing seems to threaten her hopes for the future, but Katy struggles to overcome her difficulties with pluck, vitality and good humour.See all Product description
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It is a lovely story, which - while clearly set in the past - doesn't feel dated. In fact, it's set far earlier than I would have guessed. Perfect to appeal to young girls aged about 8-11, (much as I try to avoid gender stereotyping, I can't see it appealing to many boys) - it has that wonderful combination of girls with a bit of feistiness / character about them, good adventures, moral improvement, an idealised family environment, wise adults.
My children aren't quite old enough for this yet, but I'm looking forward to reading it with them in a couple of years.
Katy is the oldest of 6 siblings and the most free-spirited and dominant with limited care for others around her other than her sister Clover, her cherished Papa and her invalid cousin. When a traumatic and careless accident confines Katy to bed for many years, our heroine has to grow up quickly and see things in a very different way as she strives to become "the heart of the house".
This is the first in a series of 5 that follows the lives of the Carr family and whilst they are all special, this first is still the most endearing as we see childhood in the victorian mid west of America and how it is different yet similar to the childhood of today.
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.
I would recommend it for good natured children of pre-teen age, easy enough to read, it encourages maturity, and graceful with it.
A very amusing, heart warming read which I thoroughly enjoyed and while I read it, I almost wanted to be there with Katy in the Boarding school.
However, as a Kindle Version, I have had some problems with the text. The Mrs and Mr start randomly on new lines, even if they are in the middle of a paragraph. I would recommend the book version.
Even so, a must read to any Katy fan.
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