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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

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This classic novel about a lively little girl from Maine has delighted both young and old ever since it was first published, in 1903. Mark Twain called the book "beautiful and warm and satisfying," and, indeed, Kate Douglas Wiggin's timeless creation lives on in the hearts of countless readers.

And who can resist the charms of Rebecca Rowena Randall from Sunnybrook Farm? Fr
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published September 27th 1994 by HarperCollins (first published 1903)
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Oct 03, 2012 B0nnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hey-kids
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.

"Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm opens with eleven-year-old Rebecca Rowena Randall’s journey by stagecoach from her family
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
Oct 05, 2012 Werner rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 08, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: Meredith
Shelves: childrens
Recommended by my friend Meredith after I explained by love obsession with Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy series. This was one of those books I was always vaguely aware of, but never quite got to reading.

There was definitely a bit of Betsy in Rebecca with her love of writing, otherwise their stories are quite different - Rebecca is sent to live with her two maiden aunts when there are just too many children and too little money at her widowed mother's home. Rebecca charms many in her new town
Mar 12, 2014 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
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.
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
May 26, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
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
Feb 25, 2011 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
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
Feb 27, 2011 Luann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book.
Nov 01, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
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
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
Jul 17, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 20, 2009 Tori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
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
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
Sep 01, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooksiown
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.
I'm seeing a pattern here.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
Anne of Green Gables.
Emily of New Moon.

Now, I've only read the first of these listed books, and it actually made me want to reread a longtime favourite of mine: Pollyanna and I don't know why, maybe because Rebecca reminded me a lot of Pollyanna, even though their stories and they personalities are very different.

I can see why this story would be popular with children, if it gives them more of the same feeling I had when I read it.

I do have on
Apr 08, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Winter Sophia Rose
Heartwarming, Sweet & Funny! A Charming Read! I Loved It!
Oct 24, 2015 BookSweetie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, juvenile
Why reread a book when there are so many wonderful unread books beckoning from every book shop or library shelf? Why, indeed?

Well, there are probably as many answers as readers, but for me, rereading an unabridged version of the beloved 1903 classic REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM by Kate Douglas Wiggin, very simply lifted my mood and reminded me to be a better person.

Rebecca first appeared in 1903 and has rightfully endured in spite of its containing a few rather outdated attitudes -- most egregio
Rebecca is a sweet young girl who doesn't quite fit the mold her mother has in mind for her, so when there is a chance for one of the seven children to go live with their two spinster aunts, Rebecca is selected in the hopes that she will learn how to become a proper young lady.

I found this reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables, and enjoyed the narrative descriptions of the school interactions, friendships, and lessons, along with the community life and individual characterizations of the people li
Jul 04, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is definitely a classic and I can see why. I am going to have to re-read Anne of Green Gables again as these two books are similar. However, the books are also different. I don't think we need to compare Anne and Rebecca so much because they are both great in their own ways!
Rebecca is a very inspirational girl! She manages to get everyone along her path to fall in love with her; she leaves her family to get an education with her aunts. In doing this she braves the wrath of her Aunt
Jennifer Heise
May 13, 2015 Jennifer Heise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Oh Rebecca! As a child I felt myself to be like her (though I was certainly more ungainly among my year-mates than she ever was) in the lively imagination... and Rebecca and her colleague Pollyanna taught me to pay attention to the beauties of life, to other people (no matter how dull one might think them at first), and to believe in happier endings.

So, at least in my childhood, this book served the purpose for which it was written. Re-reading it as an adult, I still found myself weeping a bit o
This is not the first time I've read Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and I doubt it will be the last. It's such a sweet tale of a girl who comes from a large family. Rebecca Rowena Randall is her name (and, yes, hooray, she is named after the chief female characters of Ivanhoe. My nerdy self is jumping off the walls of my mind in glee!). The start of the book shows Rebecca embarking on the journey of her life. She is off to live with her mother's sisters, Aunts Miranda and Jane Sawyer, who have take ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had always thought that this was a book for adolescents, however it didn't take long to realize that the vocabulary was far too advanced for a child to comprehend. On the other hand, the themes are a bit simplistic for an adult, so this book seems to straddle the divide between childhood and adulthood. There seem to be many illustrated adaptations of the novel that are probably more appealing to youngsters.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading about Rebecca's childhood from age 10 to about 18. She w
Ian Wood
Mar 24, 2015 Ian Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Jan 07, 2015 Iraahuja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Lively and vivacious, eleven year old Rebecca is sent by her mother to live with her two aunts in town. Rebecca has to learn how to deal with her school, friends, neighbors and most of all her aunt Miranda who finds fault in everything Rebecca does unlike aunt Jane who loves Rebecca and help her as much as she can. At first Rebecca finds it very hard to obey and listen to her aunts, teachers and new rules but Rebecca loves her schoolwork and lessons with her t
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Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin

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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“The soul grows into lovely habits as easily as into ugly ones, and the moment a life begins to blossom into beautiful words and deeds, that moment a new standard of conduct is established, and your eager neighbors look to you for a continuous manifestation of the good cheer, the sympathy, the ready wit, the comradeship, or the inspiration, you once showed yourself capable of. Bear figs for a season or two, and the world outside the orchard is very unwilling you should bear thistles.” 28 likes
“Miranda Sawyer had a heart, of course, but she had never used it for any other purpose than the pumping and circulating of blood.” 8 likes
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