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What Katy Did

by Susan Coolidge

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From School Library Journal
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 resolution that lasts only a few hours. Soon, however, Katy gets a chance to become more like cousin Helen than she ever wished as she finds herself confined to her bedroom for four years as a result of an accident. Much of the story is focused on the change Katy undergoes during her illness. Helen visits again to advise Katy to learn from her experience and to try to become the center of the house by making her room and herself more attractive to others. One way Katy decides to take Helen's advice is through assuming the responsibility of running the house, a job that consists of giving the servants instructions and ringing her bell to summon her sisters when she has a task for them. As soon as Katy has learned the lesson about how to care for others, she recovers and regains the ability to walk. Barbara Caruso's expressive narration is well done. She has given each character a distinct voice that helps portray his or her personality. This is a lengthy audiobook, but Caruso's pleasant narration helps to keep listeners' interest. Written by Susan Coolidge (Viking Penguin pap. 1997) and originally published in 1872, this work is dated and offers a limited vision of the roles of girls and women within the world and the family. Although there are moments of good storytelling, this title is too dated to be recommended for purchase.
Erin Drankwalter Wyatt, Palombi School, Lake Villa, IL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From AudioFile
Katy, the spunky and eldest of the Carr children, leads the other five on imaginative adventures, much to the consternation of Aunt Izzie who cares for them. Balancing on the ice house roof, holding poetry recitations in the loft, and playing the game of Kikeri in the dark are only a few. All this changes with the inspirational visit of Cousin Helen. Barbara Caruso's narration carries this story of yesteryear. She presents in a confident and authoritative voice and takes great enjoyment in telling of Katy's escapades. Her modulated voice carries the listener from Katy's spontaneous and scattered existence to her new world in which the personal ideals of study, helping people, and becoming famous are a reality. A.R. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Book Description
Illustrated by Priscilla Lamont The story of Katy's adventures and misfortunes. This new edition features new colour illustrations by Priscilla Lamont and introduction by Jacqueline Wilson.

Card catalog description
Twelve-year-old Katy always planned to do a great many wonderful things but in the end did something she never planned at all.



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