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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm [Paperback]

Kate Douglas Wiggin
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Book Description

1 Aug 2006
Shirley Temple did a lot to make Rebecca famous when she won the world's heart in the movie we all remember. But the story is more than Temple, the film, or our memory of it: this is the tale of the little showgirl who, sent to the country to live with prim and proper relatives, is forbidden to do anything, well, showy.

But Rebecca has other ideas, of course, and you know she'll win over the hearts and minds of everyone who'll see her show. . . .

Certainly she won over Jack London. In 1904 he wrote to Wiggin herself: "May I thank you for Rebecca. . . ? I would have quested the wide world over to make her mine, only I was born too long ago and she was born but yesterday.... Why could she not have been my daughter? Why couldn't it have been I who bought the three hundred cakes of soap? Why, O, why?" And Mark Twain, too: he described Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm as "beautiful and warm and satisfying."


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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Aegypan (1 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598189069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598189063
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Author Jack London wrote Kate Douglas Wiggin a letter about her classic Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm from the headquarters of the First Japanese Army in Manchuria in 1904: "May I thank you for Rebecca?... I would have quested the wide world over to make her mine, only I was born too long ago and she was born but yesterday.... Why could she not have been my daughter? Why couldn't it have been I who bought the three hundred cakes of soap? Why, O, why?" Mark Twain called Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm "beautiful and warm and satisfying".

Who is this beguiling creature? The irrepressible 10-year-old Rebecca Rowena Randall burst into the world of children's book characters (and her new life in Maine) in 1903 when storybook girls were gentle and proper. A "bird of a very different feather", she had "a small, plain face illuminated by a pair of eyes carrying such messages, such suggestions, such hints of sleeping power and insight, that one never tired of looking into their shining depths." Soon enough, she wins over her prim Aunt Miranda, the whole town and thousands of readers everywhere with her energetic, indomitable spirit. This beautiful trade edition features the artwork of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm's original illustrator Helen Mason Grose, with 6 full-colour plates and 32 pen-and-ink drawings. (Ages 9 and older) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'May I thank you for Rebecca?... I would have quested the wide world over to make her mine, only I was born too long ago and she was born but yesterday' Jack London 'Beautiful and warm and satisfying' Mark Twain --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You really should try this book! 9 July 2002
Format:Paperback
I was given this book free at a summer fair by a very kind lady, in perfect condition, and I found it wonderful! A girl of ten years, called Rebecca Rowena Randall leaves her family to live with her two aunts in Riverboro. Aunt Miranda is softened very slightly, though continues criticising her. Aunt Jane, kind by nature, unfortunatly doesn't understand her strange ways any more than her sister. Rebecca is always full of interesting, exciting ideas, with very amusing or unexpected results. Upon a mission to sell some cakes of soap, she gets aquainted with a certain Adam Ladd, although she christened him Mr. Aladdin before she knew his real name. 'A. Ladd' buys three hundred cakes of soap from her, and she promptly falls over from shock. Then her aunts lose nearly all their money, and with the help of 'Mr. Aladdin' 'repairs her family fortunes.' This is a great book, and anyone who reads it will not be bored or uninterested, although it can be the tiniest bit draggy sometimes, not often. I recommend it, definitely. If anybody reads this and decides to try it, please could they write a review with their opinions on it on this site. You honestly won't be disappointed! By Vicky Armstrong, 13 years old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story 11 May 2011
Format:Paperback
I just re-read this as an adult and loved it. I am trying to get my girls (eight and ten) into more classics. They sometimes feel a little hassled by me in this area. We are just starting this in our nightly storytime hour. My girls are as engrossed as I was reading this treasure. The characters are so enduring and so easy to picture. The settings are described in such a way as to make us feel we are really there with the characters. This is a nice version of the book but I am going to try to find it in hard cover so we can preserve it and pass it on. I miss childrens books like this, that tell such a real story and don't have to rely on a lot of over action adventure to keep our interest. I liken this to the gentle flow of Charlotte's Web, another book we treasure. Strawberry Girl is another good example.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FAVOURITE 28 Jan 2014
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FOR 10 YEAR OLD -PRESENT WELL RECEIVED AND SURE IT WILL BE READ- GOOD WHOLESOME STORY TELLING FOR YOUNG MINDS
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3.0 out of 5 stars A classic childrens' story 10 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Set in long ago small town America and sadly not quite as good as I remembered it but the characters do come through, especially if you remember the TV adaptation.
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