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What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
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Sep 20, 11

Read in September, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 3

I absolutely abhor this book -- and that's not something I say very often. The message of this book -- that a tomboyish girlhood in the 19th century was something not only wrong, but something punishable amd that the ideal woman is one who subordinates her own desires and feelings to that of the man in the house and yet always looks pleasant and pretty -- makes me cringe. I'm not a fan of censoring what children read, but this is a book that I would never give a child of my own volition. It's valuable in terms of scholarship, but the pretty pink cover is misleading. Little Women this is not.

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