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What Katy Did By Susan Coolidge
What Katy Did Series Book 1
Pages 274
Ages 8 and up
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Katy Carr is a rambunctious girl of twelve, who is forever getting into scrapes. She loves to play with her five siblings and dear friend Cecy. What grand times they have playing in the forest and romping around the house with childhood delight. Although Katy has grand intentions of being a good older sister, she all too often falls short. An accident happens to Katy and it takes the surrendering of her will to survive. Will Katy be an invalid her whole life? Will she grow into the young woman she wants to be? (This book is a scan of the original.)

What Katy Did was written in 1872 by Susan Coolidge the pseudonym used by Sarah C. Woolsey (1845-1905). Her books were printed by the same publishing house as Louisa May Alcott who authored Little Women. The What Katy Did series gave girls more books in the same genre as Little Women.

Here are what the critics of her day said about Susan Coolidge’s books
"Susan Coolidge has always possessed the affection of her young readers, for it seems as if she had the happy instinct of planning stories that each girl would like to act out in reality." 
The Critic, 1899

"Not even Miss Alcott [author of Little Women] apprehends child nature with finer sympathy, or pictures its nobler traits with more skill."
Boston Daily Advertiser, 1899

What Katy Did is the story of an impulsive child, who, until, her thirteenth year, although full of vague day-dreams of becoming great and doing good, was simply rude, troublesome, and disagreeable. By a fall from a swing she receives a very serious injury, is confined to her room, and unable to walk for two years. During this time, thanks to the teaching and example of an invalid cousin, a great change is wrought in her character. She becomes gentle, considerate, and lovable, and we leave her finally in her sixteenth year, the center and stay of the house, a mother to her motherless brothers and sisters, and a sunny comfort to everybody.

This is the moral side of the story; but its great charm to the little people will lie in the graphic picture of the life of Katy and her five brothers and sisters, before Katy's accident took place. Not even Miss Alcott herself could have given more vivid pictures of children's good times and sad scrapes than are in the first half of this story.

The marshy thicket full of wild rose-bushes and sassafras shrubs, which the children called "Paradise," and which could be reached by different routes, one called "The Path of Peace," one, "Sassafras Path," and another, "The Pilgrim's Path and the Hill Difficulty;" the dead tree stump out of which grew a rose-bush, called the "Rosary," and believed to be the home of a Fairy; the forbidden game of "Kikeri, Kikeri, Kikeri, Ki;" the Loft, and "The Youth's Poetical Bible," will give endless delight to little hearts.
--The Century Magazine, 1873

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Katy gave this book to Aunt Izzie for Christmas. It’s a beautiful allegory.

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 30 January, 2010.

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