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What Katy Did

Susan Coolidge

Book Overview: 

What Katy Did is a children’s book written by Susan Coolidge, the pen name of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey. It follows the adventures of Katy Carr and her family, growing up in America in the 1860s. Katy is a tall, untidy tomboy, forever getting into scrapes but wishing to be beautiful and beloved. When a terrible accident makes her an invalid, her illness and recovery gradually teach her to be as good and kind as she has always wanted.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .act, there had just been a nursery rebellion on the subject. You must know that, for some weeks back, Katy had been too lazy to prepare any fresh Sunday Visitors, and so had forced the children to sit in a row and listen to the back numbers, which she read aloud from the very beginning! "Little Maria" sounded much worse when taken in these large doses, and Clover and Elsie, combining for once, made up their minds to endure it no longer. So, watching their chance, they carried off the whole edition, and poked it into the kitchen fire, where they watched it burn with a mixture of fear and delight which it was comical to witness. They dared not confess the deed, but it was impossible not to look conscious when Katy was flying about and rummaging after her lost treasure, and she suspected them, and was very irate in consequence.

The evenings of Sunday were always spent in repeating hymns to Papa and Aunt Izzie. This was fun, for they all took turns, and there was quite. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Like many girls, I read and enjoyed What Katy Did as a child. I use the word “girl” advisedly, as this was written in 1872, and is a typical American girls’ books of the period – perhaps one of the most famous books about a 12 year old girl and her family. It was written by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey...more

I discovered this book at one of those bargain book outlet dealies when I was a teenager and just ate it up. As someone who read Little Women and Anne of Green Gables over and over again, the fact that no one told me about Katy until I was in high school (and had already bought this book) was, we...more

Another 2018 re-read! Well, I didn't have any intention to read this today, but after spying a review on my newsfeed yesterday, I thought it might be good to see if my original 3 star rating still holds up today. It was a childhood favorite that my mother told me that her mother had read to her a...more

If every young girl should read just one book, it should be this.

This is a childhood favourite of mine, I love it. It's just the way a children's story should be, simple, slightly nostalgic to an older audience, and with a valuable lesson to learn.

When I was little, I read a ton of older children's books. I read authors like L. M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Eleanor H. Porter, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Margaret Sidney, and so on. For whatever reason, I totally missed reading any of Susan Coolidge's Katy series, though I was aware that they e...more

This was such a happy, delightful book. I am going to keep this really short, not because I didn't like the book, but there awaits my challenge.

This little book is the first of a trilogy. I loved the character of Katy. She is you and me. Elder sister, domineering, annoying, always wanting to be...more

This family tale is not to be missed! There are such gems of wisdom packed into these pages - you and your children will love benefiting by them.

Written in 1872 and set in Ohio, "What Katy Did" follows the Carr family. Katy and her siblings are not exactly 'purposefully' bad, but they certainly d...more

A trip down memory lane to read what was favourite book I read and re-read as a child. Back then I associated with the tomboy Katy and her imaginative stories and games. As an adult I still liked Katy and the Carr family. I loved their plans and games and enthusiasm for life. Perhaps, the style i...more

It's kind of disappointing to see how people want to compare this book to other classics. I truly believe that evey book has something different to convey so it wouldn't be fair to dislike a book only because it doesn't come down to the level of other great books.

The book had what one looks for i...more

What Katy Did has been compared numerous times to Little Women. I would like to clarify: What Katy Did is totally inferior to Little Women.

What Katy Did has a very bland writing style, and nothing is described. The descriptions were some of the best bits about Little Women. In Little Women, the c...more

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