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Mary Hallock Foote (1847-1938) was an American author and illustrator. She is best known for her illustrated short stories and novels portraying life in the mining communities of the turn-of-the-century American West. Susan Coolidge (Sarah Chauncey Woolsey) is best known for her classic children's novel What Katy Did (1872). The fictional Carr family was modelled after theMary Hallock Foote (1847-1938) was an American author and illustrator. She is best known for her illustrated short stories and novels portraying life in the mining communities of the turn-of-the-century American West. Susan Coolidge (Sarah Chauncey Woolsey) is best known for her classic children's novel What Katy Did (1872). The fictional Carr family was modelled after the author's own, with Katy Carr inspired by Susan (Sarah) herself, and the brothers and sisters modelled on Coolidge's Woolsey siblings. Two sequels follow Katy as she grows up: What Katy Did at School (1873) and What Katy Did Next (1886). Two further sequels were also published: Clover (1888) and In the High Valley (1890). Sarah Chauncey Woolsey (January 29, 1835 to April 9, 1905) was an American children's author who wrote under the pen name Susan Coolidge. Background: Woolsey was born on January 29, 1835 into the wealthy, influential New England Dwight family, in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father was John Mumford Woolsey (1796-1870) and her mother Jane Andrews, and author and poet Gamel Woolsey was her niece. She spent much of her childhood in New Haven Connecticut after her family moved there in 1852.[1] Woolsey worked as a nurse during the American Civil War (1861-1865), after which she started to write. She never married, and resided at her family home in Newport, Rhode Island, until her death. She edited The Autobiography and Correspondence of Mrs. Delaney (1879) and The Diary and Letters of Frances Burney (1880). She is best known for her classic children's novel What Katy Did (1872). The fictional Carr family was modeled after her own, with Katy Carr inspired by Woolsey herself. The brothers and sisters were modeled on her four younger siblings: Jane Andrews Woolsey, born October 25, 1836, who married Reverend Henry Albert Yardley; Elizabeth Dwight Woolsey, born April 24, 1838, who married Daniel Coit Gilman and died in 1910; Theodora Walton Woolsey, born September 7, 1840; and William Walton Woolsey, born July 18, 1842, who married Catherine Buckingham Convers, daughter of Charles Cleveland Convers....

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What Katy Did at School Reviews

  • Lindley Walter-smith
    2019-04-23 23:04

    Another sanctimonious Carr family book, in which Katy and Clover teach the other girls at boarding school (which they only go to for ONE YEAR because having made them go against their will, Father decides he "can't spare them at home" and, besides, the starving poor relative he got to housekeep and childmind for free escaped to anotehr relative) not to look at at bow to young men they haven't been properly introduced to, forming a society against unladylike behaviour and against flirting and inspiring priggishness in all they meet.There's a bit less illness fetish and disability fetish than in the first book, although the perfect Angel of the House is still necessarily an invalid ("nothing could be prettier" than watching her husband carry her around "like a child"), and getting seriously ill still causes miraculous personality changes in women, with a grumpy teacher healed by illness this time. The ultimate evil power, passive-aggressive Cousin Helen and her mercilessly wielded disability, is thankfully reduced to writing saccharine letters to Katy. Katy, on her part, has been rendered a feminine saint by illness. She was so much more interesting as a tomboy. :(The other moral is that you can't judge people by how much money they have and how much they move in Society, providing of course that at the very least they have a big house and servants and can send their daughter to an expensive boarding school and are "respectable". It's almost a critique of classism. Almost.I initially thought the fairly likeable (although she is very tiresomely winsome and quirky AT ALL TIMES) Rose Red was a ripoff of Phil from L m Montgomery's Anne of the Island, but it seems I was entirely unfair and this is an earlier book. Montgomery, I suppose, was never above "lifting" material. Im any case, her distinctly sapphic mutual infatuation with Clover - they ultimately promise never to love anyone else as much again - is the best part. There are other bright spots with the letters from the smaller children, who are much more likeable than their older sisters, and the fun of Katy having to face down hideous accusations of having written a note to a boy asking him to give her some cake. She was nearly expelled.

  • Naomi Sarah
    2019-04-12 01:49

    I remember reading this a few times when I was younger, but I never liked it that much. Now, as a re-read, I liked it. It wasn't very good, though, but I can give it three stars because - the Katy books are just cute. :-)What I liked:1. The Elsie-and-John-go-to-the-farm story. Poor kids. :-P2. All the presents Katy and Clover get when they leave to school. Goodness, I do like the sound of those watches. And the sound of those watch boxes Elsie made. Old-fashioned watches are the bestest prettiest things.3. My favourite chapter in the entire book is the one where Katy and Clover read all the letters from back home. Elsie's is my favourite - how she goes on about her dresses and what John said and that Dorry has a crush on her new friend. (And then, Dorry, in His letter, he says, 'Elsie has a new friend - she's rather pretty.' I just loved reading the letters.) Also, Cecy's all grown up!!! Long skirts and 'rats' in her hair."Elsie says she's got rats in her hair, but I don't believe her." HAHAHA.4. I love the poem game Katy and Clover and her friends at school play. I played it once with my sister when I was little, but when we played it it was very dull. :-P5. Rose Red is the coolest name ever. End of story.What I didn't like:1. I'm going to say it again - the writing style. It's SO soppy sometimes. For instance this - Katy and Clover after reading a letter from Cousin Helen:"Isn't she the dearest in the world? After Papa, that is, of course.""Indeed. There is none like her."SERIOUSLY GUYS. That is SO how teenage sisters talk to each other. And also, the way everyone gets so emoooootional. Hahaha.2. Some bits were boring - like all the chitter-chatter of the school girls. All those girls are the same. With the exception of a few.But yes, I liked it. :-)

  • Louise Armstrong
    2019-04-19 22:53

    I enjoyed this. I remember thinking what an attractive character Rose Red was when I read the book as a child, and I still found her so now.When we first meet Rose she is described as having 'a rosy, mischievous face' and she is not enchanted to be greeted by a rich, but spoilt character. She laughs, she has dimples, 'she's a twinkling wild rose, with saucy whiskers of brown calyx'. Her eyes sparkle with fun, she has dimples that make you want to laugh too, and 'Whatever she said or did seemed full of a flavour especially her own.'And throughout the book it's always Rose who gets into mischief.

  • Bethany
    2019-04-05 03:56

    I enjoyed reading this more the second time round than I did the first. Katy and Clover's adventures and misadventures at a distant boarding school were both amusing and realistic. I also appreciated the way in which the author made a point of instilling good morals and lessons into the story throughout the book, without making it dull or tiresome. Probably one of my favorite books in the Katy Did series.

  • Deborah
    2019-04-21 21:53

    An old favourite - Katy's adventures at school are just as engaging as her adventures at home. As a child I was somewhat confused by a school which only had holidays in September and at Christmas (and not much of a break at Christmas), and I really didn't understand the whole 'not talking to the boys' thing - even if Katy had passed Berry a note asking for a piece of cake I couldn't see why this was a matter of such disgrace. I was also confused by references to things like wash-stands and bath-houses, and Dr Carr's instruction to Katy ('Never study until your back aches' simply didn't make sense - was he really telling Katy that she should wait until she had an aching back before settling down to study?) And why didn't they play netball? (although this last one made more sense halfway through, when the date is made clear - presumably netball hadn't been invented then).As an adult, I have traced Katy and Clover's journey to and from school using first an atlas and then Google maps (and the later journeys too) - thoroughly recommend this for an enjoyable hour or so after reading the actual story.Rubbish ending though - saying that now that Katy is grown up she won't be writing any more stories about her. I'm so glad this turned out not to be true!

  • Carina
    2019-03-26 23:49

    If I was reading this for the first time now this would probably get either two or three stars depending on my mood - however, this is about the 10th time I have re-read this book (in fact it was the book that introduced me to this series) and I still really enjoy it.This book is a lot less 'preachy' than the first in the series, but it still has its morals and tales of what is considered ladylike behaviour. This does make this incredibly outdated (although I personally think they are still good standards to live by) but it is an enjoyable read regardless.

  • Kristi
    2019-03-27 03:49

    There’s a sweetness to these books that I find irresistible. And I don’t mean sweet in a cloying way; there’s just a preponderance of characters who care more about other people’s feelings than their own, who love sacrificially and speak with honesty and love. Call it old-fashioned if you like; I call it refreshing. And I also love that none of the characters are perfect. They all have selfish moments and make mistakes, especially when they have to deal with difficult people, but in the end grace wins. These books remind me how I want to be.

  • Tess O'Donovan
    2019-04-22 05:00

    "What Katy did at School" is a brilliant book, and Susan has a way of making you feel you are right there, on the spot. I know that most people say that but, really, I mean it. You can feel the excitement and tension, and the unhappiness and depression. Sometimes Susan could try to show us what it really is like, for example, the bedrooms, kitchens...All this in one book.

  • Emmeline
    2019-04-18 05:54

    A wonderful sequel to a wonderful series. Words cannot express the love I have for this book :)

  • LadyCalico
    2019-04-09 06:09

    Perfect, perfect Katy goes East to school with her vain selfish evil cousin. This book was a bit more interesting than the first because the school has some mean girls and an anonymous letter about Katy gets her off on the wrong foot with the school authorities who thus fail to see her perfection, so thus our boring inhuman...Katy thus actually gets into a few scrapes which gives us a story in spite of Katy's boring superhuman perfection.

  • Stephanie Chambers
    2019-03-29 01:46

    I remember reading this in the light of my window during the blizzard of 93 with the power out. I had gotten it from school and loved it. I didn't like the first book, but loved this one. I wanted the 3rd book so bad! And I had to wait until the blizzard was over to go back to school and get it! Turns out we didn't have it and the book was out of print! ☹️

  • Malinda
    2019-03-28 00:02

    A little boring

  • Dorothea
    2019-04-11 01:41

    What Katy Did at School begins with a chapter that's not about Katy at all; it's a short story about her youngest two sisters (who are still children, not adolescents, here) and an unhappy visit they make. I find this chapter pretty strange. There is sort of a lesson -- don't assume that everything in a new situation will be exactly as you hope it will, especially when those older and wiser warn you otherwise -- but it's meant to be humorous, I think.Elsie and John hope they'll escape from the summer heat by visiting family friend Mrs. Worrett on her little farm. But the farm isn't really in the cooler country after all; there's little shade, the house is hot and stuffy, and the only entertainment is reading moral literature and chasing the chickens. (Coolidge sometimes does have her characters reading moral stories -- here, tracts by Hannah More -- in ways that make it clear she thinks of herself as writing something else, i.e. entertainment for children.) They are dismayed to find that they're meant to sleep in a feather bed -- something that puzzled this modern reader (who imagines a feather bed to be something luxurious) until I realized how it would envelop and insulate the body on a hot night with no air conditioning.Some of these disappointed expectations are pretty funny, but I draw a blank at one of Elsie and John's complaints: "Mrs. Worrett was just as kind as could be, but so fat!" I think this complaint must be meant as a joke itself, because of course they had seen Mrs. Worrett before the visit. Unfortunately it's not surprising to see fatness ridiculed in a children's book of the 1870s, since it still happens in children's books and television now. What's rather interesting is that the nature of the ridicule seems to have changed. Everyone seems to acknowledge that Mrs. Worrett can't do anything about her size, and it's not linked to laziness or gluttony as it might be today (her mobility is limited, but that seems to be a consequence of her weight, not a cause) -- but that doesn't seem to stop anyone from holding it against her. Unadorned fat phobia, I guess.I thought the funniest part of this chapter is that the area in which Mrs. Worrett's farm is located is called "Conic Section."Well, on to the Katy story. In this book, she and her sister Clover spend a year at boarding school. Not much happens; the main conflict is between the sisters and the school authorities, who don't notice right away how wonderful Katy is (!) and unjustly believe that she has done something terrible (writing a note to a young man!). I like that Coolidge makes clear that sometimes adults have imperfect judgment; I like less that her best advice for dealing with this is unending self-abnegation.Two details always draw my attention --(1) Pupils at the boarding school are never called anything so academic as "students"; they're "girls" or "young ladies." "Students" always refers to the young men at the college next door.(2) On arrival Katy discovers that the girls are supposed to use a communal lavatory to wash themselves. "I never heard anything so horrid!" she says, and her father insists on her having a wash-stand in her room (shared only with Clover). Other girls follow suit and that's the end of the lavatory.I'd really like to know whether this was a general concern for schools (or girls' schools) or a bee in Coolidge's specific bonnet, and what the reasoning was against shared washing facilities. Was it that they encouraged group nudity and therefore lax morals? Or was it a question of hygiene? Katy's father argues for a private wash-stand because Katy requires "sponge-baths of cold water every morning"; should we assume that the girls would wash less thoroughly in a communal lavatory? (They have a full hot bath every week at the local bath house.)

  • CuteBadger
    2019-04-16 01:43

    As a child I had a hardback book which contained What Katy Did and What Katy Did At School, published (I think) by Collins. I read it many times and loved it each time I read it. It was probably an odd thing for a 10-year-old to be reading in the 1970s, but it didn't strike me then as being moralistic or preachy.Since getting a Kindle a couple of years ago I've been revisiting much-loved books from my youth. Some have been a disappointment, but both What Katy Did and What Katy Did At School were anything but. I was astonished by how much I remembered of "School" (since it's that I'm meant to be reviewing here) given that I haven't read it for around 35 years, but it was all so familar in a good way. I loved Katy's boisterous family and all her new friends at school. And I was as outraged about the false accusation made against her and Clover as I was all those years ago.It strikes me now that the book is more obviously moralistic than I noticed as a child, but I don't think that's any bad thing. The good are rewarded, the bad punished in a good-humoured way, and owning up to wrongdoing is always the best policy.I found this a wonderfully engaging and comforting read. I look forward to carrying on with the series.

  • Cat
    2019-04-24 05:50

    This is one of my favourite childhood books, and I return to it regularly even now. As much as I loved What Katy Did, I prefer the school one even more!In What Katy Did, which is a lovely book (even with the strong moral overtones, which you just have to go with...) I preferred the naughtier early Katy. So what I enjoyed about the second book is that while Katy is very much older-than-her years to begin with, the antics of all the girls round her and the friendships between them make the story great fun. Clover was always my favourite character, rather than Katy. But by the end Katy has found a sort of happy middle ground between the early scrape-prone girl of the first novel, and the grown up young lady whom Lilly Page finds so dreadfully dull at the start of What Katy Did At School. It's a coming of age book after all, and nice to see the fire in her come back when she stands up for herself at last to the teachers. Oh, and when I was little, I just wanted Rose Red to be my best friend. I love her. Oh, and the descriptions of the Christmas box make me extraordinarily jealous each time I read it!

  • Priyanka Lal
    2019-04-01 02:46

    A travel back in time. A reminder of what I grew up reading. Inspired to read more.

  • Sue
    2019-04-05 02:56

    This is the sequel to 'What Katy Did', and features a year when Katy, now recovered from her long illness, goes to a boarding school for a year with her sister Clover. There they meet the fascinating and rather daring Rose Red, and find themselves involved in various scrapes. There's very little about the education in the school, and a great deal about the girls and their various friendships. The author's biases come through rather clearly, seeing flirting with the boys' college next door as being decidedly unladylike, and causing Katy to form a society that considers itself above such things. Some mildly amusing sections, and what seems now like very interesting American social history, since the book was first published in 1873, so was contemporary for about 140 years ago. I had forgotten most of the anecdotes and very much enjoyed re-reading this classic on my Kindle. I'm not sure it would appeal to today's teenagers, but older children might like it, and it's certainly worth re-reading by those of us who remember it fondly from our own childhood.

  • A.R. Collins
    2019-04-16 23:10

    I'm afraid I find this book a little flat compared to its predecessor, as I feel that all the best aspects of that one are missing: the drama, the character development and the timeless portrayal of family dynamics. As a school story, I don't find it that satisfying either; not very much seemed to happen, which is a shame, because the jam-packed episodic nature of the first half of What Katy Did (I wouldn't describe that book in such terms after Katy's accident) could have been well adapted to a girls' boarding school. However, I only feel this negativity because I'm comparing the book to something I feel is far superior. On its own, it is for a me an engaging story about a time gone by, and has nothing in it to complain about. I enjoyed the resurgence of Katy's temper when the time came to stand up for herself, and I sense that author had fun writing the character of Rose Red, which meant that I had fun reading about her.

  • F
    2019-03-26 00:48

    I read this when I was a child and enjoyed it. I am now not at all certain how much it would be enjoyed by the current generation of girls. It is interesting how Susan Coolidge manages to make the goody-goody girls the ones you like. Is it because when we met Katy originally in the first book we were told repeatedly that she was the one who got things wrong and made mistakes and was hasty and thoughtless and untidy, and it was Clover who was sweet and nice and gentle? So Katy was the heroine and was more interesting and we could identify with her, but of course the events of 'What Katy Did' turn her away from her reckless ways, so that by 'What Katy Did at School' she is rather a goody-goody and too nice by half. But loyal readers that we are, we stick with her........ The most interesting character is Rose Red. This is just really a very straightforward 'girls' school' story, of the kind that girls love to read.

  • Judy
    2019-04-21 04:06

    I picked this up to scan, positive that I'd read it as a child, but nothing seems familiar. This is the second book in a series, but unlike other series, this one should be read in order. The author assumes the reader 'met' all of the characters so doesn't re-introduce them in the first few chapters. I turned to Goodreads to read the summary and reviews for 'What Kady Did,' which helped immensely.It felt odd to be reading this story in paperback given that it was written in the 1800s (I think). I enjoyed reading about a boarding school in the United States set in the age of railroads. As in so many books from this era, I was surprised at the terms and activities often used for older kids. For example, Katy is over 16 years old in this book, yet she is still referred to as a little girl.

  • Mae Walker
    2019-04-04 05:00

    I have always liked to pretend to be a character from a book. This particular book I read and re-read countless times at the age of ten, and from it played "boarding school" with my siblings. I found the list of rules about things to do before breakfast fascinating and wrote up a few for myself (why I was so attracted to that concept I have no idea: who can fathom the ten-year old brain?) I also woke up at a ridiculous hour in the morning, wore dresses with aprons (I was upset mum wouldn't let me change clothes umpteen times a day like they and Elsie Dinsmore did) tidied my room, didn't sit on the bed (because they weren't allowed to) and sent all my non-school work hours playing "school".Rose red is the most realistic character, I think. Katy and her sister are lovely, but who is that perfect?

  • Sam Woodfield
    2019-04-13 01:10

    Having read the book preceding this one, I really enjoyed this. In this novel Katy really grows as a character and really establishes her own personality which, although present in the first book, is much more prominant than before. I also enjoyed the way in which Clover develops in this book, and the introduction of Rose Red. I think overall this was slightly better than the first. IN 'What Katy Did' there is a real moral undertone which develops during Katy's illness. In this novel there is none of that, just 2 girls growing and having fun in new surroundings.I really enjoyed this read and am really looking forward to what happens next in the series.

  • Tirzah
    2019-04-19 21:49

    This was a fun, short read about the further adventures of Katy Carr and her family. Katy has matured since What Katy Did and meets new, interesting people as she and her sister Clover go to school for a year. The adventures they encounter are humorous. My only complaint is with the edition I read. It has 3 of the Katy stories in one book, but the second and third stories are out of order. Additionally, there are typos throughout, so massive that sometimes I had to stop and figure out what I just read. So if you can get your hands on a better edition, I recommend the Katy series.

  • Dawna
    2019-04-26 03:04

    These books are just too precious as they transport you to a simpler, more gentle time in both history and writing style. Susan Coolidge was writing at the same time as Louisa May Alcott. Although I personally think Alcott is the better writer, they both wrote in the genre popular (and acceptable) with girls in the 1800's. I enjoy reading the historical details of daily living that are so different from our own. There is much to be learned and appreciated from these older writings. Such beautiful, rich vocabulary. They are priceless records. This is one reason I always give 5 stars to authors such as Alcott, Montgomery, Wilder, and Cather.

  • Anh
    2019-04-15 22:45

    As a child, I tried really hard to be like the heroines in my classics books like Katy Carr, Anne Shirley, Laura Ingalls. They are always well-mannered, kind and lovely. I love this one best among the triology. Going to a boarding school so faraway from home, studying new things and meeting many friends excited me more than the other 2 books with Katy staying at home doing housekeeping. I like Dr.Carr, too, he's such a kind and wise father, raising his children up really well even withour their mother.

  • Hilary Tesh
    2019-04-16 01:06

    The story of Katy continues with her year at boarding school, where she meets the mischievous Rose and disapproves so much of the girls' flirting with the local college boys that she sets up a society to discourage it! (Interestingly this demonstrates the more uninhibited fun girls can have when they are not worrying about what boys think of them, which is probably not the feminist message the author was intending!) It's another moral tale, recommending an ideal pattern of behaviour to young ladies of the day, but with the charm of any boarding school story!

  • Jae
    2019-04-01 01:11

    Another in the series of charmingly tame adventures of Katy and her sister Clover, now at a boarding school Out East. Katy, slightly disappointingly, becomes a bit of a prude, founding an anti-flirting society, but that is tempered by the introduction of Rose Red, her rambunctious, improper and altogether awesome friend.

  • Ginger
    2019-04-18 22:04

    Having grown very fond of audio books, and classics, I've joined the two and raided the library of Librivox. I am enjoying most of the books I choose there and find myself surprised at the quality of the narratives and stories. I guess i am still a child at heart, as I really enjoy this series. I plan on reading all I get a hold of.

  • Jessica Broadbent
    2019-03-27 01:50

    An old favourite, I really like this book. It's very foreign, to a 20th Century Australian young woman, but you can usually work out what it going on, and interpret the customs that are so natural to the characters in the books. I love the way that the family really all do love each other, that's really nice to see.

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    2019-04-06 05:04

    Just re-read this classic novel and enjoyed it as much as ever. It is a true 'historical novel' in that the time that it is set in is so far removed from ours that it is purely history. Despite this, the characters are vivid and believable, the life events are fascinating in their minutia and the entire reading experience is enjoyable.