What Katy Did at School Hardcover – 18 Aug 2008
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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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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 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 3 days ago by tildster
An old favourite, now being shared with granddaughterPublished 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 3 months ago by Kindle Customer