Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a classic American 1903
children's novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin. Rebecca Rowena Randall goes to live
with her two stern aunts in the village of Riverboro in Maine. Her joy for life
ends up inspiring them. She faces many trials in her young life, but comes
through them with more wisdom and understanding.
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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 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I was a bit disappointed with the ending. Do we ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading about Rebecca's childhood from age 10 to about 18. She w ...more
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- ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Rebecca Randall is from a poor family and has been shipped off to her aunts in Riversborough where she is to be brought up. She is intelliegent, passionate and whimsical and gets herself in to a few scrapes. Especially as her Aunt Miranda is strict and follows the old school philosophy that children should be seen and not heard. Of course Rebecca isn't very good at that but she changes the people in River ...more
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.
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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 ...more