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Mother Carey's Chickens

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Book Overview: 

From the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, this book tells the story of a widow and her four children, forced to leave their home due to financial difficulties, and move to the “Yellow House” in turn of the century Beulah, Maine.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .pink and white, unsophisticated maiden, very much interested in the woes of the bride and groom and entirely sympathetic with the groom's helpless wrath.

"On the wrong train, Miss!" said the conductor.

"On the wrong train?" She spoke in a tone of anguish, getting up and catching her valise frantically. "It can't be the wrong train! Isn't it the White Mountain train?"

"Yes, Miss, but it don't go to North Conway; it goes to Fabyan's."

"But my father put me on this train and everybody said it was the
White Mountain train!"

"So it is, Miss, but if you wanted to stop at North Conway you'd ought to have taken the 3.55, platform 8."

"Put me off, then, please, and let me wait for the 3.55."

"Can't do it, Miss; this is an express train; only stops at Lowell, where this gentleman is going!"

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Community Reviews

One of the Disney movies I watched a lot, growing up, was Summer Magic, so I was happy to discover that this is the book behind it. Even better, it's written by the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, which was a book I remember reading and liking as a kid.

I enjoyed the book version of this story

Mother Carey’s Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin, is a paean to motherhood. Like others in its genre, like Little Women or Little Lord Fauntelroy, it shows a wise little mother bringing up her lively children in relative poverty while inspiring them (and everyone around them) to be good and to help ot

UPDATE: August 16, 2018: I've just finished reading Stormy Petrel by Mary Stewart and in this delightful little book, I learned that Stormy Petrels are a type of "storm bird" - very small, very strong and very tough, spending almost all of their lives out at sea. Sailors used to call them "Mother Ca

This was a darling little story about a family struggling to survive gracefully. It was interesting to read a story about a loving strong mother and family during this time period.

Oh, I loved this!

I really enjoyed reading Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, so I'm not sure why I didn't think to look up Wiggin's other works. I came across this book because I grew up watching the movie, Summer Magic, with Hayley Mills, and years later saw the title mentioned in the movie's credits. It

I loved this book. I couldn't put it down and shirked other duties in order to finish it in one day.
I happened upon it and picked it up when I heard it was the basis for one of my favorite movies, "Summer Magic". The book is written to children but I found much in the character of Mother Carey to e

I love this book! So fun and wholesome!

I thoroughly enjoyed the charm of this book. Mother Carey has her hands full when her husband dies and she is left to raise four children on her own. A true delight of a book.

Undoubtedly her very best! I had watched the movie Summer Magic more than once, before I learned that Mother Carrie's Chicken's was the book it was taken off of.. The book is indeed better than the movie, and I proudly own my own copy!

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