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The Birds' Christmas Carol

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Book Overview: 

Carol Bird was born on Christmas Day. She has spent all of her 11 years putting others above herself, always finding ways to make their lives a little more special. Even when faced with her own illness, the pure goodness of her heart shines through. She vows to find a way to spread Christmas cheer and decides to give a grand Christmas Party for a poor neighborhood family.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Mamma, catching her darling to her heart, "except that she is a little Christmas child, and so she has a tiny share of the blessedest birthday the world ever knew!"

[Pg 10]

II DROOPING WINGS

t was December, ten years later.

Carol had seen nine Christmas trees lighted on her birthdays, one after another; nine times she had assisted in the holiday festivities of the household, though in her babyhood her share of the gayeties was somewhat limited.

For five years, certainly, she had hidden presents for Mamma and Papa in their own bureau drawers, and harbored a number of secrets sufficiently large to burst a baby brain, had it not been for the relief gained by whispering them all to Mamma, at night, when she was in her crib, a proceeding which did not in the least lessen the value of a secret in her innocent mind.

For five years she had heard "'Twas the night before Christmas," and hung up a scarlet. . . Read More

Community Reviews

My new favorite Christmas story!! Truly, I'd recommend it to all ages. The story is simple, created for children, but it's one of those tales that any age could be warmed by the morals upheld.

"It was very early Christmas morning, and in the stillness of the dawn, with the soft snow falling on the...more

“Carol, brothers, carol,
Carol joyfully...”

A baby girl who was to be named Lucy was born on Christmas morning, and that song sung by the boys’ choir that rang out from the nearby church provided the name for the Bird family’s new daughter. She was a sickly child who rarely left her room, but she...more

I read this book every Christmas and this is the edition I own; it was my grandmother's and my mother's before it was mine. This edition has 69 pages, so quick read that never fails to tear me up. It is a sweet, old-fashioned story. They don't write them like this anymore.

I’d like to thank my Goodreads friend Nancy for directing me to this one. What a sweet novella, and a classic, written in 1887. Carol Bird is a sickly eleven-year-old who was born on Christmas Day. She is humbled to share a birthday with Jesus Christ and has a good handle on the true meaning of C...more

This was a short sweet, tender novella. It brought tears to my eyes. Carol was born on Christmas, and brought joy to all around her. She became ill, and was bed ridden, but she shared all she had with others. There was a large family with nine children, living behind her families large home. Caro...more

This Victorian novella was kept from being too sentimental by its sly humor and the presence of the rambunctious Ruggles family. I enjoyed the sweet family relationships. A nice story to read during the Christmas season.

From the same author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, comes this heart-wren.... I mean, heart-warmingly sweet tale!

Carol Bird was born on Christmas Day. Maybe that's why she loves giving and sharing so much. On her eleventh birthday Carol is so sick she has to stay in bed. But she plans a party tha...more

This brings back a treasured memory for me. One Christmas Eve when I could not get to sleep I wandered into another room to find my older sister and mom wrapping Christmas presents. My mom pulled out this book, The Bird's Christmas Carol and we spent the next two hours listening to her read this...more

They had intended to name the baby Lucy, if it were a girl; but they hadn't expected her on Christmas morning, and a real Christmas baby was not to be lightly named -- the whole family agreed in that.

They were consulting about it in the nursery. Mr. Bird said that he had assisted in naming the th...more

This is one of my favorite books. I can still remember Mrs Lane standing in front of the class at Slauson and reading it so us as eighth graders. She started to cry and handed the book to Sally Gingles to finish the oral reading. As I remember it the girls cried and the boys rolled their eyes. I...more

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