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Rebecca Rowena Randall first won the hearts of readers in 1903, when Houghton MiVlin published Kate Douglas Wiggin’s novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. An outspoken and precocious ten-year-old, Rebecca is one of those rare characters who have truly become a fixture in the canon of classic children’s literature. Rebecca’s good nature and generous, passionate spirit have made ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 27th 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1903)
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B0nnie
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin vs Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) by L.M. Montgomery

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 differences between American and Canadian culture. http://canadianicon.org/table-of-cont...

"Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm opens with eleven-year-old Rebecca Rowena Randall’s journey by stagecoach from her family’s
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K.D. Absolutely
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. New Year always means new beginning, new hope... Do you remember when you were still in school and after reading a story in class, the teacher asked you what was the lessons you learned from it? So, in
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Werner
Oct 05, 2012 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of 19th-century literature
Shelves: classics
My first encounter with this book was as a grade-school student back in the early 60s; I'd read Wiggins' short story collection spin-off, New Chronicles of Rebecca, first (not sure why, now!), and that whetted my appetite to get Rebecca's whole story. The 1995 (approximately) date is for the second reading, when I shared it with my wife as an out-loud read; and she loved it as much as I do. Lately, I've been doing reviews of some of the classics I've read, and was inspired to pick this one by th ...more
Cheryl
March read for Children's Books group - see an interesting discussion there.

ETA - done. I think that, after all my protestations to the contrary, I may have read this before. It's that forgettable. Now, it's possible I read an abridged version, but I doubt it, as I trust Project Gutenberg to so mark. And besides, there was plenty of the kind of stuff that often gets cut. So, I don't think anything was missing that would make it a more valuable book.

Rebecca was not drawn in a way that would make
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Amalie
This is one of my favourites from my childhood and simple and charming novel. I reread it by chance recently and found it appealing just the same. The protagonist, Rebecca Randall is not so much different in her unforgettable personality comparing to Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) or Emily Starr (Emily of New Moon) but in Rebecca's tale, her growth emotionally and physically, takes place in a single novel and she is a unique among others. Imaginative, unconventional, and sometimes irrespons ...more
Kelly
My copy of this book is the "Shirly Temple Edition." My mom gave it to her youngest sister in 1953, and then my aunt gave it to me in 1978.

Rebecca is a plucky heroine who goes to live with her maiden aunts. She is intelligent and imaginative, much to the chagrin of Aunt Miranda, who has definite ideas about children and their place in the world.

This is another of those books where to domestic details fascinate me. My favorite chapters were always the one about Rebecca and her pink dress, the hos
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Judy
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, family, and hope. A few months ago, the title of this book came up in a trivia game I was playing, and I thought I would love to reread the story to relive the happiness I felt while reading it as a child ...more
Luann
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 those books or to anyone who wants to read a classic, wholesome story about an intelligent, imaginative young girl who makes the best of what life hands her.

I was a bit disappointed with the ending. Do we
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Sarah
This book was just what I needed; it was sweet and sentimental, and took me back to easier times. It reminded me of a cross between Anne of Green Gables and Daddy-Long-Legs. Rebecca Randall, the 2nd of 7 children, is sent from her impoverished family farm to live with her two spinster aunts, one who is sweet and one who is hard. Rebecca has "pluck"--she has imagination, wit, courage, a strong moral code and a general joie de vivre that impacts all those around her (even that hard old Aunt of her ...more
Holly
An engaging read, but Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm comes in a distant second compared to Anne of Green Gables. As I was reading, there were numerous occassions I encountered distinct simlarities between the two characters. In each case I favored Anne over Rebecca.

One of the reasons I found myself preferring Anne is a result of her friendship with Diana vs. Rebecca's friendship with Emma Jane. When the Rebecca character became "bosom friends" with Emma Jane it wasn't out of any real wish to, but ra
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Rachel
Aug 15, 2011 Rachel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The "What's the Name of that Book" group on goodreads helped reunite me with this book. I must have read this when I was about 11 or 12. Now that I am reading the GR reviews, I believe this book played a big role in shaping my idea of the kind of teenager and/or young woman I was supposed to grow up to be. Seems I was always trying to be cheerful, studious, gregarious, and free-spirited. I can't wait to re-read this and re-connect to that childhood that feels so long ago, when my future had not ...more
Hannah
The book is overall a weaker version of Anne of Green Gables. It opens strongly and has several memorable episodes in it involving the young Rebecca. The areas with the pink parasol are particularly good and true to life. Some of Rebecca's classmates at school are also interesting, and several pieces of dialogue are hilarious.
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The book suffers from an awkward romantic sub-plot involving Rebecca and a man old enough to be her dad. He's nice in himself, but flatly too old for Rebecca. Rebecca
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Kelsey Bryant
Of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, written by Kate Douglas Wiggin and published in 1903, I wrote in my book journal, “This is a dear little book. It moves quickly, and the only reason it’s taking me so long to read is that I’m reading only a little at a time.” In many ways it was similar to other girls’ coming-of-age books like Anne of Green Gables–Anne of Avonlea, Emily of New Moon, and An Old-Fashioned Girl. But Rebecca stood out as a distinct person: she is as imaginative, positive, and poetic as ...more
Shannon
This is such a surprising little book! It's a bit like Rebecca herself -- funny and loving and childish, but also serious at its core.

It's clear almost from the start that Kate Douglas Wiggin loved and admired George Eliot. That was inevitably moving to me, in several different ways. I laughed out loud at the first quotation from The Mill on the Floss, when Wiggin compares the local schoolteacher's approach to teaching with that of Tom Tulliver's tutor, who "set about it with that uniformity of
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Lizzie
Read via DailyLit in 89 parts over three months.

Rebecca is a wonderful character, and it was lovely rooting for her and watching her succeed. The book's voice is so sweet, and I liked that it was funny too. I liked to imagine the author who could write a description like "eyes as big as cartwheels."

I appreciated, of course, how very heavily Wiggin seems to have been influenced by The Mill on the Floss. That was a really nice surprise, and lucky for me to read them in this order. There are multip
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Tori
What a great, old book! I never would have even considered reading it if it hadn't been at Liz's villa. I had heard of the book, of course, but didnt really know anything about it. And, actually, it reminded me very much of Anne of Green Gables, one of my all-time favorite stories. Rebecca comes from a large, poor family, and her mother ends up sending her to stay with two maiden aunts when she is about 12 years old. they were hoping to get another child who was more docile (and boring). The boo ...more
Sara
I'm not even sure I read this book. I owned this book for years. It belonged to my sister. It sat on the bookshelves downstairs with a tattered and worn binding. I know I opened this book. I think I started reading the words on the page but, like the book Tom Sawyer, did I just lose interest in the middle of it or did I persevere to the end? It's just a big gaping hole in my memory. I gave it 3 stars - is that fair? If I did read it, it made no impression. If I gave up on it, well, that means fo ...more
Amber
This was a pretty good read about a girl named Rebecca who went to live with her aunts who one was strict and the other was kind. This is her story of her adventures of being a free spirit, of her faith and going through school. It was a pretty good classic children's book and I'd recommend this to others.
Lisa
Well, then, it certainly has its charms - and more than some of the books I've read in like books. But I'm most struck by how unoriginal much of it is.
Kelsy
This is a perfect read for a younger girl. Rebecca is one of the sweetest characters I've ever read about. She reminded me a lot of Anne of Green Gables, but was more generous and quite a bit less self-serving. Yet, she didn't come across as perfect or even fictional. But by the end if book, I felt like I knew her and had come to love her.

That being said, there were some issues with the way in which the narrative was written. Wiggin did a wonderful job, but she introduced characters and gave the
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Ben
Have nearly finished the book. Can't believe the story written in 1903! Incredible journey through the experience of a girl from a poor farming family. In her opportunity to stay with two aunts to relieve the financial burdens of the large family, Rebecca faces challenges in a new environment and adapting to school and civic life.

The conflicts between how she learns to behave and conduct herself under the eye of a very demanding, critical aunt (the other less difficult) and her own curious, adv
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Amy
I love dear little Rebecca, how can you not? My other favorite character was Mr. Cobb, and of course, dear Mr. Aladdin.

Favorite quote: "The girl's eyes were soft and tender and the heart within her stretched a little and grew; grew in sweetness and intuition and depth of feeling. It had looked into another heart, felt it beat, and heard it sigh; and that is how all hearts grow."

That is writing at its very, very best, in my opinion.
Trace
During this first time reading Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, I found it very difficult to enjoy it on its own merit and to give it my undivided attention. If you are a Canadian girl worth her salt - you will have grown up reading Anne of Green Gables, which holds an iconic status in Canada. If you then read Rebecca, which was published 5 years earlier than Anne of Green Gables, you will then be dumbfounded by the similarities. And so you can appreciate, that I read this book while constantly think ...more
Carol
Published in 1903, this seems clearly the book on which Ann of Green Gables (published in 1908) was patterned. It's fun to see how extensively Montgomery's book seems to draw on Wiggin's, what she changed, what she kept, and what she elaborated more extensively. I'd say AoGG is definitely a better book, but the two are so closely akin that sometimes I felt that I was reading an early draft of AoGG.

cindy
kisah klasik ttg anak yatim miskin yg dibesarkan oleh sanaknya. suka ceritanya scr umum, tp lbh suka detail2 kecil yg menyenangkan di seri Anne (dan pollyana, dan daddy long legs). terutama krg suka di setengah bagian akhir cerita dimana rebecca tiba2 jd dewasa. juga endingnya yg terasa tidak tuntas.

Review lengkap di http://readbetweenpages.blogspot.com/...
Becca
I had to read this book for the name. :)

Overall, I was disappointed. Wiggin states the morals in the story blatantly, which I find irritating. The character Rebecca is very similar to Anne in Anne of Green Gables, HOWEVER, this book was published before Anne was in existence! Hmmmm...!

I'd say skip this unless you enjoy Montgomery-esque type of writing.
Ricky
I listened to this as a book on audio. I thoroughly enjoyed the development of Rebecca and her character. Although it is probably intented for a younger teen audience, there are some quotes that I found to be extremely profound for all ages.

I look forward to reading the next 2 in this trilogy, although I am sad that neither are available in audio format.
Bobbie
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a classic story that everyone will enjoy. I grew up reading it and it still sits on my shelf today as a teenager. There really are no words to describe Rebecca. She is a hilarious main character and most girls will relate to her clumsiness and knack for disaster. Plus the story-line is really sweet.
Whit
This had a lot of similarities to Anne of Green Gables. That said, I didn't really like this book. I felt that the author put Rebecca up on some weird pedastal that nobody else could ever measure up to. I love learning about unique characters - but it bugged me that every other character was put down. That's it.
Maren
This book started out really promising. I thought it was going to be another Anne of Green Gables or Secret Garden. The last 3rd of the book was a little too sweet and preachy. Plus, are you supposed to root for Adam Ladd or think he's kind of creepy?
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Kate Douglas Wiggin, nee Smith (1856-1923) was an American children's author and educator. She was born in Philadelphia, and was of Welsh descent. She started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878 (the "Silver Street Free Kindergarten"). With her sister in the 1880s she also established a training school for kindergarten teachers. Her best known books are Th
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