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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Book Overview: 

Rebecca goes to live with her two stern aunts in a village in Maine. Her joy for life ends up inspiring them. (summary from Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .g of remorse was strong within her she made a desperate effort to please her grim and difficult relative. But how could she succeed when she was never herself in her aunt Miranda's presence? The searching look of the eyes, the sharp voice, the hard knotty fingers, the thin straight lips, the long silences, the "front-piece" that didn't match her hair, the very obvious "parting" that seemed sewed in with linen thread on black net,—there was not a single item that appealed to Rebecca. There are certain narrow, unimaginative, and autocratic old people who seem to call out the most mischievous, and sometimes the worst traits in children. Miss Miranda, had she lived in a populous neighborhood, would have had her doorbell pulled, her gate tied up, or "dirt traps" set in her garden paths. The Simpson twins stood in such awe of her that they could not be persuaded to come to the side door even when Miss Jane held gingerbread cookies in her outstretched hands.

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I found Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm similar in many ways to Anne of Green Gables. Rebecca's story was written 5 years earlier than Anne's, but it doesn't appear that Lucy Maud Montgomery was influenced by Wiggin's novel. Rebecca's is a inspiring story, not quite on the level of Anne's though. But...more

Rebecca's Ten Life Enriching Lessons for Grownups:

I normally read children's books during Christmastime. Not only to catch up with my Reading Challenge (I am behind by 10 books as of this writing), but also, most of children's books have life lessons that can be good reminders for the coming year...more

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While reading this book I was surprized to find how similar it is to Anne of Green Gables. Well, Rebecca came first. Damn. In many ways it is the better book, but Anne is less preachy. This article compares the two books at length, and that comparison reveals much regarding the diffe...more

What a weird little book. It was written 5 years before Anne of Green Gables and they are somewhat similar in theme, but Anne of Green Gables is about 10 times better. The writing here is inconsistent, dialogue is contrived and the characters lack depth. Not to mention Rebecca's "love interest,"...more

If I were teaching a literature class, I would definitely use this book to compare the early American society that existed over 100 years ago to today's American society. I first read this book as a child in the early 1970s. At that time I enjoyed literature filled with wholesome views of life, f...more

What a charming, funny and beautiful read, a simple back to basics story , beautiful prose and a feel good read that suprised me and left me with a lovely warm feeling on completing this novel. My 13 years old self would have loved this Novel.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a classic American 19...more

Rebecca Randall is the young girl at the center of this classic coming-of-age novel. Living on the idyllic Sunnybrook Farm with her six siblings and her widowed mother, she is sent at age nine to live with her two elderly aunts in Riverboro, Maine. In exchange for her help they will provide room...more

One of my favourite childhood stories & i enjoyed rereading it so much!

Note, Oct. 10. 2018: I just edited this review to embed a link to an online article I referred to here. (When I originally reviewed the book, I wasn't as adept at embedding links as I've become since then.)

My first encounter with this book was as a grade-school student back in the early 60s; I'd...more

I loved this! There are striking similarities to Anne of Green Gables, although this was published 5 years earlier; and to Pollyanna, which was published 10 years after this. So although Rebecca isn't quite as well known, she came before Anne or Pollyanna! I recommend this to fans of either of th...more

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