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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

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When ten-year-old Rebecca Randall leaves Sunnybrook Farm to go and live with her aunts, Miranda and Jane, in Riverboro neither she nor her aunts know quite what to expect. And with Rebecca around it's usually the unexpected that happens anyway. In fact it is this gift for the unexpected that means that life is never quite the same again for anyone with whom she comes into ...more
Published August 25th 1994 by Puffin Classics (first published 1903)
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Oct 01, 2012 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
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 it's a cute story with a feel good ending.
K.D. Absolutely
Sep 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 501, childrens
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
Feb 13, 2008 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
Apr 24, 2012 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
Mar 12, 2014 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
Nov 02, 2014 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
Leona Ruth
**NOTE! This is not the exact version I read, so things may be different than what I say. Goodreads didn't have the edition I own and I was too lazy didn't feel like adding my edition. :)**
This was an absolutely amazing book! I have read the Great Illustrated Classics version of this book, but this was so much better than it! It included many scenes that the other one did not have, and THE WRITING BACK THEN!!! SO FLOWERY AND DESCRIPTIVE!!! I adored it. :) <3 The one problem that I did have wa
Feb 14, 2011 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
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 rated it liked it
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
Mar 10, 2010 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
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second reading - September 2016

First reading - June 2015

This has to be one of the most endearing girl classics that I have read. It is a such a deft blend of humor, sentimentality and serious character study. Fans of Anne of Green Gables, Daddy Long Legs, Caddie Woodlawn, Understood Betsy, Pollyanna and Eight Cousins will find this to be a satifying, enobling and enriching read. I laughed out loud, pondered and cried.
Sep 17, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, kids_book
I was repeatedly irked by the frequent reminders from the author about how much better Rebecca was than all the other children. More interesting, smarter, livelier, etc. What an annoying girl to grow up with! Count me as unimpressed.
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book.
Katie Schuermann
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear, sweet, impossibly perfect Rebecca: Your soulful optimism and flowery prose blew a fresh breeze across my grim-of-late reading list. I very much enjoyed making your acquaintance, though Anne-girl will always be my bosom friend.
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
Nov 01, 2010 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
Brianna Preston
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was with a great deal of dismay that I realized my beloved Anne of Green Gables must have been patterned, at least in part, after this book. I suppose I had enjoyed thinking of Anne as her own entity--a fresh and new conception on the part of L.M. Montgomery. Rebecca changed that notion for me. A great part of Rebecca's personality is given to Anne along with similarity of circumstance and experiences. At first, this made me dislike Rebecca. She felt like an impostor since I had known Anne so ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I had as a child that I kept and decided to revisit.
As a child I loved reading, and although I have a terrible habit of dejunking-I did keep some of my childhood favorite books around. Whenever I'm in need of a good read, but don't have time to go to the bookstore I pick one of these up.
I had completely forgotten the plot line of this book. Which made reading it a second time probably just as fantastic as the first.
It is a very easy read, which is perfect for my night-shif
Juli Anna
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, the-canon
I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would; it is a novel that certainly deserves to be in the same class with Anne of Green Gables for its lovable characters. I don't think that Wiggin is nearly as good a writer as Montgomery, however; she has a much stronger tendency toward the sentimental, as well as a habit of long, metaphoric sentences that often get in the way for what she's trying to talk about. But, overall, this is a sweet and bright little book that has survived the ages for a reas ...more
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is just an adorable book about a sweet, outgoing, intelligent girl with a wonderful optimistic view of life and how she touches the lives of those she comes in contact with. Yes, it's very similar to Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna, and Heidi. But if you love those girls, you'll also love Rebecca!
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book. Also a pretty short book, too. Aunt Miranda, I did not really like at ALL!
Aunt Jane was more of the Nicer one.
Ruby Granger
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorite
Điều đầu tiên, cuốn sách đã thõa mãn tôi bằng chân dung các vùng quê nước Mĩ thế kỉ XIX ( về phong cảnh, cuộc sống, con người,...)
Đọc xong câu chuyện về cô bé Rebecca thông minh, đáng yêu, mơ mộng và giàu trí tưởng tượng ấy, tôi chợt nghĩ đến bản thân. Quả thực, điều quan trọng khi đọc xong một cuốn sách là việc nó đã ảnh hưởng, thay đổi bản thân người đọc ra sao. Thay vì cố thay đổi một góc tính cách bản thân-cái bị bạn bè gọi bằng một từ xấu xí-X, tôi nghĩ mình sẽ giữ nó và tiếp tục phát huy.
Chloe (aka Crystal)
Nothing wrong with the book... just not my taste. It was quite boring for most of the book, although chapter one was cute. I even skipped chapter two because I personally wasn't interested in family relations when I just got started on the book. By the time I was over halfway through the book, that was when I actually wanted to finish it.
Since I read an edition from 1962 (that also didn't have an isbn number), I noticed several mistakes in the spelling and grammar.
I sadly doubt I'd read this boo
Heidi Burkhart
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written over a hundred years ago, the writing is quite embellished and old-fashioned. Although it could be a detractor, it was also part of the charm of the book. "Anne of Green Gables", written about five years later, is of a similar style, although Montgomery's writing style was simpler, and clearer. But the two books do have a number of things in common. If you liked "Anne..." you would probably enjoy "Rebecca..." as well.
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
Oct 11, 2009 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
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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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