What Katy Did
Illustrated by Susan Hellard
Age range: 9–11
Katy, a twelve-year-old gangly tomboy, dreams of blossoming into a sophisticated young woman, capable of grand deeds and adventures. She is however prone to mischief, and leads her six siblings into various scrapes, much to the annoyance of her kindly father and domineering aunt. Her life is turned upside down by a terrible accident, which leaves her a bedridden invalid. Now she is forced to learn the virtues of patience, sacrifice and hopefulness, as she comes to terms with her disability.
A heart-warming tale that has become a children’s classic since its publication in 1872, Susan Coolidge’s What Katy Did is a lesson in the value of good humour and perseverance against the odds for young readers. Beautifully illustrated by Susan Hellard, this is a poignant and timeless story that every child should read.
Susan Coolidge was the pen name of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey (1835–1905), an American children’s author who resided for most of her life in New England. She is best known for the classic children’s novel What Katy Did, in which the fictional Carr family was modelled after her own.