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  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (18 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0554379368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0554379364
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.1 x 15.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,203,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Coolidge was the pen name of nineteenth-century American author Sarah Chauncey Woolsey. Born to wealth, Coolidge worked as a nurse during the Civil War before returning to her family home to take up a career in writing. Although best known for her classic Katy series of children s novels including What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next, Coolidge also published more than twenty works of fiction, and edited The Autobiography and Correspondence of Mrs. Delaney and The Diary and Letter of Frances Burney. Coolidge died in 1905.


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Format: Hardcover
Katy's tale could so easily have been preachy. Set in 1860s USA it's about a thoughtless, careless, happy girl who has a terrible accident. As she learns to live with pain and with not being able to walk, she also learns how to be patient and loving.
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.
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Format: Paperback
Katy Carr is a twelve year-old girl, a tomboy who lives in a small house with her father, aunt and five younger brothers and sisters. At first, the book appears to be about growing up; with the plays, antics and misadventures of Katy, her siblings and friend Cecy Hall. The cheerful tone present early in the story is swiftly replaced about halfway through after a tragic incident which makes the book take a darker outlook and it becomes a nail-biting page turner.

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.
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Format: Paperback
What Katy Did shows us American family life in old times with a simplicity everybody understands. Having read its Portuguese translation with 10 years old, I've found the orginal even more interesting, at 48.
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Format: Paperback
I thought this book was absolutelty tremendous! When reading this book it gave me great pleasure to read it over and over! Whenever i get the chance you can guarentee i will have "What Katy Did" in my hands reading all day. An uplifting story by Susan Coolidge. I will still be reading to my children's children.
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This book is a classic and so rightly it should be. It's great and when you're reading it time goes by really fast, it's a joy to read especially as its free. However, I haven't given it five stars as sometimes it feels like it's preaching you and it isn't really realistic, is it?
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I remember reading this novel as a child and loved it just as much the second time around! Katy is a tomboy of a girl who finds herself in trouble very often, though not through trying. She is the eldest of the Carr children and the reader will soon fall in love with this realistic character, foibles and all.
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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I remember loving this book when I was little and my copy was so worn out, yet all I could remember of it as an adult was Katy falling off a swing at some point. It is a kids book but not so much that you can't enjoy reading it. Definitely a good quick read that doesn't take much effort. If you read this years ago, get it for your Kindle and enjoy your childhood memories coming back to you.
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When I saw that the series of five 'Katy' books was available for the Kindle, I downloaded them at once; as an added bonus, some of them were free. My old books were much-loved and read and reread and, many years after they went to a charity shop or a jumble sale, to read them once again was a lovely reminder of childhood. They are well-written, and not so aimed at children that a forty-something-year-old got bored.
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