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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  10,815 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Grade 5-8-Twelve-year-old Katy is constantly making and quickly breaking resolutions about how she will change her ways and treat others, especially her five younger brothers and sisters, with more respect and compassion. When Katy meets her Cousin Helen, an invalid, Katy is awed by her kindness, prettiness, and generosity. Katy is determined to become more like Helen, a r...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published December 22nd 2000 by Roberts Brothers (first published January 1st 1924)
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I loathe this book.

I'll concede that it's enjoyable for the first few chapters. Katy Carr is a tall, rambunctious tomboy who's constantly getting into "scrapes". Her prissy and dignified Aunt Izzy despairs of her wild, messy, nature, but her younger brothers and sisters all think she's the greatest thing ever. Katy is a writer and storyteller with zillions of great ideas, and she's the ringleader of the family, and Papa's favourite.
If Coolidge had just kept the story like that, it would have be...more
Cora Linn
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.
Twelve year old Katy Carr and her five brothers and sisters have all kinds of fun adventures. A thicket becomes "Paradise", a hayloft a place for a "feast", and the entire house a playground for games invented by Katy. Katy means well, but is impulsive and irresponsible and is constantly getting into scrapes and trouble. After the Carr's Cousin Helen visits, Katy vows to be more like Cousin Helen, who is saint-like despite the fact that she had a bad accident and hasn't been able to walk for yea...more
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 existed. This is possibly why I did not enjoy them much when I read them at age 24.

I'm going to note that What Katy Did was written in the 1870s. Even though I was reminded a lot of other books like Polly...more
Hm. Yes it's preachy. Of course we'd like Katy to be able to have fun, and not have to learn to be a little housewife while bedridden while still a young teen. But the thing is, in those days before antibiotics, people did die, and other people did have to step up. And apparently this series is as to a memoir - inspired at least by the author's childhood. So, given all the context, I'm glad I kept reading the series. In fact, I'll give this 2.5 stars.
It's... very moralistic. In a 19th-century, Christian fashion. HOWEVER, I still love it. It's such a ridiculous story and the bit about the School of Pain made me want to vomit (in fact, it reminded me of a stupendous article that appeared in Lupus UK about how chronic illness is really a "beautiful beast within" which is actually the most offensively stupid thing I have ever had the misfortune to see in my entire life, including that film where Jack Black is a luchador) but otherwise there is s...more
Katie (It's Time to Read) Leversuch
I remember having this when I was little, simply because my name is Katie too (although note the different spelling) and I don’t think I ever read it. That all changed when I decided to read some of the Wordsworth Children’s Classics. I liked this book and I will read the next two, although this has not been my favourite from the classics.

The story follows Katy Carr as she does some serious growing up. At the beginning of the book she is carefree, and although not inconsiderate, she thinks more...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
I came across What Katy Did while browsing bookshelves at The Works (and I also bought What Katy Did Next & What Katy Did at School and Little Women & Good Wives, all Wordsworth Classics editions). I knew nothing about What Katy Did, which seems to be a relatively unknown children's classic. I thought it would be similar to books such as Betsy-Tacy and Milly-Molly-Mandy but for a slightly older age group, which it is. At first.

Katy Carr is a spontaneous and playful 12-year-old who is the...more
Delicious Strawberry
I read this many years ago, but I still remember it fondly. It's a wonderful old classic like Anne of Green Gables, but it is shocking how underrated this book is. It's one of these books filled with the adventures (and misadventures) of a spirited girl named Katy Carr, though her siblings also play a part in this book (albeit smaller)

One can only wonder how Katy would have fared today after her accident. With today's medical technology, she probably would have been on her feet a LOT more quickl...more
Dina rahadian
Rasanya, lima bintang aja gak cukup, deh.
gue baca buku ini udah lama banget, tapi masih tersimpan rapi di lemari gue. Dan ketika kaka gue minta sumbangan buku buat perpusnya, buku ini tetep tersimpan di tempatnya.
Ceritanya sederhana, tapi mudah melekat di semua hati dan otak setiap orang. Itu yang jadi kelebihan utamanya.
Tentang Katy yang menjadi anak sulung dari segerombolan anak di sebuah keluarga yang tinggal di peternakan besar. Dia super bandel. Sampe suatu ketika, karena kebandelannya, dia...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, well, negligent on the part of anyone who knew me. This is a wonderful book in the vein of those other, more well-known classics, about a loving, rough-and-tumble family lead by the headstrong Katy. In the...more
I actually really enjoyed this book. I know it's a bit old-fashioned now, and obviously things have changed a lot since this book was written. Girls aren't expected to be perfect little angels these days. But it's still a very sweet book. It was interesting to see Katy change from a rebellious little girl into a polite and kind young woman.
One thing about this book that I didn't really like was the ending. I thought the last chapter seemed a bit rushed, and it seemed to me like the happy ending...more
Niamh Deay
Written by Susan Coolidge, What Katy Did is an excellent read! It has sat on my bookshelf since I was eleven, and it’s only now I’m getting around to reading it. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it for children aged between eleven and twelve. The book itself follows Katy Carr, the eldest of the Carr children through the difficult years she spends bed bound after an unfortunate accident. Having once been an adventurous and boisterous young girl, Katy finds h...more
Matthew Don
I most possibly detest What Katy Did. The first chapters, an endless odessy into Katy Carr (a tomboyish, mischievous, yet undoubtedly sweet and good-hearted little girl) are encouraging enough for a great book, yet fracturing her spine is not the way to go, Ms Coolidge, to make her nice to her awkward sister and to make her uphold her staunch Christian values.

I can see what she was going for (a little girl in emotional turmoil thanks to her outrageously detestable behaviour learns to be a prope...more
I notice my 1976 Armada edition isn't shown - with Claire Walker from the BBC TV adaptation on the cover. That TV series is one of my earliest memories, and the result was a lifelong love of reading (so, stick that, TV-bashers), because on the back of 'Katy' I started to read 'proper' books.

And I have always loved Katy Carr, because it was quite obvious that she was me! Oldest in a big family: check. Tall and clumsy: check. It really didn't take me long to get sucked in. The unfamiliar terminolo...more
This series is much more popular in England than in the US, despite being set in what seems to be a small New England town. Perhaps because reading about a girl who is bedridden is not the most exciting thing; however, I always enjoyed it.
Perhaps a bit saccharine and overtly moralistic for the modern reader but still, a good and nice story about a girl who learns the meaning of 'selflessness.' Read as part of the LOST book club for insight into 'Kate.'
I have always loved this book, even as a teenager. I felt as if could relate to Katy. And when Katy was paralyzed, I too felt paralyzed and learned how to be patient and kind with her.
Burke Hodgson
My grandmother was a big reader and my grandfather wasn't. After grandmothers death my mother borrowed books from my grandfathers library and religiously returned ever one she didn't like. Like my mother, my grandmother had kept and reread her favorite kiddie books from the 1870s. Thus when I was a kid, What Katy Did was in one or another of our bookcases and think I once was desperate enough to sink to the level of a girlie book when all the library books had been exhausted.

It amazes me that s...more
Jun 14, 2009 Sheree rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sheree by: my mum
This is such a sweet story and while hideously out-dated, it certainly made me smile to think how many young girls given this book were encouraged to model themselves on Katy's reformed character.

Set in a small town in the late 1800s the story begins with an introduction to the six Carr children, their kitten, and their best friend Ceci as they make a trip to 'Paradise' - "wild and endless and full of adventure as any forest of fairy-land" - the children's secret picnic place in the marshy thick...more
Indah W
Ini juga buku kenangan dari masa kecil duluu, terbitan Gramedia and beberapa waktu lalu gua baru tau bahwa nih buku itu ada sekitar 5 seri, tapi kenapa si Gramedia cuman mandek di seri pertama aja yaa?

Apa penjualannya kurang menggembirakan?! *hmm*

Anywayy.. ngga terlalu inget detailnya tapi kalo ngga salah sih si Katy ini jatuh dari ayunan yang menyebabkannya lumpuh.

Huaa.. dari tadinya seorang gadis yang aktif tiba2 aja harus duduk di kursi roda, kebayang ngga seeh betapa sengsaranya si Katy ini?...more
Apr 09, 2008 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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When I say I liked this book. That's what I mean, "liked" nothing more. I read it when I was a child. I won't probably read it again, unless in dire, short-of-reading-material, extreme boredom, circumstances. Unlike most, I thought the first half was boring, except for their little game, which I wanted to play (kikkeriki? was it?).

The second half was better. It showed how she matured into womanhood. But I've read better.
Cousin Helen... I didn't like that part of the story, but not for the same r...more
(re-read on July 18, 2013, the occasion of this review)

This is one of those books, like The Professor , that I think I'm a bit of an awful person for enjoying -- but then, as I grew up reading What Katy Did, it is probably somewhat to blame for my domestic, stuffy, rules-abiding, etc. tendencies.

Someday I really want to find out more about Susan Coolidge's life and to what degree Katy Carr's adventures mirror her own. I know she was the eldest daughter of a well-off family with many younger sibl...more
My favourite in the trilogoy was always What Katy Did at School which I read many times (I would read anything set at a school, though) and I know I found this one terribly dull. I remembered What Katy Did as overly pious and hard work - but, having said that, it must have been fifteen years since I read it last. At least!

Well. I recently read it for free on my phone Kindle app and I wouldn't call it dull now, exactly - and pious is not the word either. Or, at least Katy is not. Cousin Helen is...more
This is a charming pre-1905 novel of a young girl's growth as a person in the wake of a horrible accident.
Katy Carr, oldest of 6, is a tall tomboy in the household of her widowed father, Dr. Carr, and her aunt-housekeeper. Like all kids she is sometimes heedless of the feelings of others but she does have a big heart. She makes friends easily and visits people her aunt cannot approve... like the sick woman whose husband might be a crook.
All of the children are ecstatic when invalid Cousin Helen...more
12-year old Katy Carr is the oldest of the six motherless Carr siblings. She is spunky, confident, and spirited. She's full of lofty dreams on becoming "beautiful and beloved, and amiable as an angel" when she grows up. An accident renders her invalid - and she's suddenly in bed seeing her future crash down around her. What will Katy now do? That is the question the book aims to explore in this 19th-century coming-of-age story.

This book had many things going for it. The six chi...more
I think 40 years must have passed since I last read What Katy Did. As a child I read it several times, and although not tall like Katy, in many other ways, being the eldest, a bit of a story teller, and often trying so hard to be good but often failing, I felt I WAS Katy. Reading it now as an adult I can see the strong moral overtones that underlay the story... virtues of patience, tolerance and kindness, that I half realised were in the story, but as a young reader, I think I glossed over them...more
This is a classic children's book which I first read when I was about six, in a nice hardback edition which I still have. This time, I read it (free) on my Kindle. The medium hardly matters. The story is about Katy Carr and her five siblings, who live with their busy doctor father and his rather frazzled and frequently cross sister, Aunt Izzy. Katy is good-hearted but frequently heedless, and hates being told what to do.

The first half of the story lets us into the lives and personalities of the...more
So this book was sorta weird, in as much as I'm not really sure what I think of it. I started out really liking it. The antics of Katy and her siblings made me laugh out loud several times. Katy is a tomboy, impulsive, always getting into some scrape, saying the first that pops in her other words, fun. The kind of girl most of us would have loved for a friend when we were that age.

~*~*~*~SPOILERS TO FOLLOW~*~*~*~*~*~

The problem, though, is when Cousin Helen comes in half way through th...more
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Sarah Chauncey Woolsey was an American children's author who wrote under the pen name Susan Coolidge.

Woolsey was born January 29, 1835, into the wealthy, influential New England Dwight family in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father was John Mumford Woolsey (1796–1870) and mother was Jane Andrews. She spent much of her childhood in New Haven Connecticut after her family moved there in 1852.

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“She read all sorts of things: travels, and sermons, and old magazines. Nothing was so dull that she couldn't get through with it. Anything really interesting absorbed her so that she never knew what was going on about her. The little girls to whose houses she went visiting had found this out, and always hid away their story-books when she was expected to tea. If they didn't do this, she was sure to pick one up and plunge in, and then it was no use to call her, or tug at her dress, for she neither saw nor heard anything more, till it was time to go home.” 17 likes
“To-morrow I will begin," thought Katy, as she dropped asleep that night. How often we all do so! And what a pity it is that when morning comes and to-morrow is to-day, we so frequently wake up feeling quite differently; careless or impatient, and not a bit inclined to do the fine things we planned overnight.” 12 likes
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