The Birds' Christmas Carol

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Few characters embody the spirit of Christmas more fully than Kate Douglas Wiggin's Carol Bird. This classic Christmas story by the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm features a child as memorable and charitable as Dickens's Tiny Tim. Born on Christmas Day, Carol is the Bird family's special Christmas baby. As her tenth birthday approaches, declining health threatens young Carol's life. Her only concern, however, is for the happiness of the less fortunate neighbor children, for whom she plans an unforgettable ...
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The Bird's Christmas Carol

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Overview

Few characters embody the spirit of Christmas more fully than Kate Douglas Wiggin's Carol Bird. This classic Christmas story by the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm features a child as memorable and charitable as Dickens's Tiny Tim. Born on Christmas Day, Carol is the Bird family's special Christmas baby. As her tenth birthday approaches, declining health threatens young Carol's life. Her only concern, however, is for the happiness of the less fortunate neighbor children, for whom she plans an unforgettable holiday celebration. Since 1888 this bittersweet holiday classic has been cherished by generations of young readers, reminding them of the true nature of Christmas through a child's joyful and generous spirit.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
First published in 1886, this sentimental short story (60 pages) by the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm tells of the short and generous life of Carol Bird, the youngest of four children. Named for the carols being sung at the next-door church when she was born, Carol is afflicted at five with a wasting disease. However, the now ten-year-old girl wishes to give a Christmas dinner party for the poor Ruggles children who live at the back of the garden. Wiggins lavishes detail on the preparation and the children's enjoyment of Carol's efforts. That night, in true Victorian fashion, Carol dies a happy child. Whether this tale resonates with today's children or not, it is typical of the stories of dutiful children and early deaths which pervade the era. The original etchings reproduce adequately and the book's blue cover and gold lettering lend a certain elegance to this classic tale. 1999 (orig.
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"A well-known Christmas story, first published in 1888, which has both humor and pathos." Wilson Children's Catalog
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781499383546
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/7/2014
  • Pages: 28
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Few writers have made such an impression on so many generations of readers as Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923). Ms. Wiggin spent her childhood in Hollis, Maine, a place very much like Rebecca's home. A devoted advocate for early childhood education, she, along with her sister, Nora, founded a school for kindergarten teachers, as well as the Salmon Falls Village Library, which still serves as the town library for Hollis.

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Table of Contents

"The little Ruggleses bore it bravely"
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I. A Little Snow Bird 1
"She is a little Christmas Child" 7
II. Drooping Wings 10
III. The Birds' Nest 15
Carol at her window 21
IV. "Birds of a Feather Flock Together" 22
The "Window School" 31
V. Some Other Birds Are Taught to Fly 32
"I want ter see how yer goin'ter behave" 39
VI. "When the Pie Was Opened, The Birds Began to Sing!" 48
"The Ruggleses never forgot it" 55
"I beat the hull lot o'yer!" 62
VII. The Birdling Flies Away 63
"My Ain Countree" 65
"I thought of the Star in the East" 69
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    Great Gift

    My grandmother was born in 1892. 'The Birds' Christmas Carol' was her favorite book. Though she spoke of it often, my grandmother did not have a copy to read to me. I was shocked and delighted to find it among the Christmas selections at Barnes & Noble. I couldn't wait to read it. It is a rich, melodious and melancholy story. It tells us that even in sadness there is often a gift of great beauty. My grandmother was a great gift to me and this book brought back beautiful memories of her.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Love this book

    Love this book its been a family tradition sence as lon
    g as i can rember

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    FUN

    I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Freaking awsome book!!

    I just love this book it has all the things that i wanted tobe on a book i love the auther she is my favorite i would love to read more of her books! I just love this story so much like i just feel like i can connect to carol :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    Nice

    My mom recieved a copy of this from an old family friend a few years after an old lady, who always wished that she could get this for her, passed away. It's a sad but sweet book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Cafiteria

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  • Posted January 5, 2014

    Recommend

    As a teacher, I shared this book with my class several years in a row. It was always warmly received and led to some heartfelt discussions. On a personal level, this book touched my heart and the story although for some would be a bit smaltz is humorous and reminds us of thinking about others and how brave and loving some people are in spite of the hand life deals theme.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Beautiful short story

    The quality of this version is quite poor but the content is worth the trouble. This was a precious story and certainly appropriate for the Christmas season.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

    good?

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