Years ago, my sisters and I stumbled across the book What Katy Did. It was a charming tale, and we enjoyed it immensely!
As I've mentioned before, I sometimes get the hankering to reread books that I enjoyed when I was younger. Usually they are classics, and usually I gain a lot more from the rereading than I did from the original reading.
What Katy Did is the story of a young girl named Katy, who is motherless, along with her five siblings. She is the oldest, and at the age of 12, quite scatter-brained and not very kind to her younger siblings. She is also negligent in the area of obedience, and one day her disobedience cost her dearly. For four years she finds herself bedridden, and for a good portion of that time, in pain. Through the advice of a cousin (also an invalid) she sees her time of recovery as a time to refine her character.
The book, authored by Susan Coolidge, was copyrighted in 1872, so it is a little glimpse into what life was like during that time period. The book was followed by What Katy Did at School, and What Katy Did Next, both of which I have read, and plan on rereading soon. Very charming books!