I can't believe I'd never read this book before. I would have loved it as a kid! It's got exactly the sort of chummy flavor I've long valued, like the Anne books and the Ramona books. I would have spent a lot of time imagining I was friends with Katy, like I did with Anne and Ramona, when I was a kid. Oh well, at least I've read it now! And I have both sequels waiting on my TBR shelves!
I've seen people compare this to Anne of Green Gables a lot, as if Katy is a sort of proto-Anne, but I think she's a proto-Pollyanna. In fact, there's quite a lot of Pollyanna in this book, including Katy suffering a terrible accident and having to learn a lot from it about how to handle life. She struggles with that a great deal, but realistically, and the author doesn't offer either the character or the audience any pat answers on how to endure hardship. She shows that it takes a lot of patience, learning, and willingness to try over and over. I was impressed.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: G. It's totally appropriate for all ages.
This is my 43rd book read and reviewed for my third Classics Club list -- getting close to that goal of fifty! It's also my 23rd book read from my TBR shelves for #TheUnreadShelfProject2022.