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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]


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

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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 Chri

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 that m

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 bit

In contemporary literary criticism, much effort has been expended in recovering unjustly-neglected older works by women writers from obscurity. This 1886 novella, however, apparently hasn't been the beneficiary of similar attention. It's the sort of work contemporary establishment critics pride them

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 three

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 was

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