Kate Douglas Wiggin


Born
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The United States
September 28, 1856

Died
August 24, 1923

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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 The Story of Pasty (1883), The Birds' Christmas Carol (1887), Polly Oliver's Problem (1893), A Cathedral Courtship (1893), The Village Watchtoer (1896), Marm Lisa (1897) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903).

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

3.87 avg rating — 32,417 ratings — published 1903 — 414 editions
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The Birds' Christmas Carol

3.93 avg rating — 1,224 ratings — published 1886 — 193 editions
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The Arabian Nights: Their B...

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Mother Carey's Chickens

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The Romance of a Christmas ...

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New Chronicles of Rebecca

3.42 avg rating — 202 ratings — published 1907 — 88 editions
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A Cathedral Courtship

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

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3.52 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 1907 — 72 editions
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“Nothing but writing rests me; only then do I seem completely myself!”
Kate Douglas Wiggin

“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.”
Kate Douglas Wiggin, New Chronicles of Rebecca

“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.”
Kate Douglas Wiggin, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

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