Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm [NOOK Book]

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The story opens with Rebecca's journey to Riverboro, to live with her two aunts, Miranda and Jane Sawyer. Until this time, she has lived on the family farm. Rebecca is the second eldest of seven children. Most of the children have fanciful names, such as Marquis and Jenny Lind, influenced by the father's artistic background (Rebecca is named after both the heroines in Ivanhoe). The family is quite poor, due to the number of children, Mr. Randall's inability to stick to a job, and the farm being mortgaged. At the ...
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Overview

The story opens with Rebecca's journey to Riverboro, to live with her two aunts, Miranda and Jane Sawyer. Until this time, she has lived on the family farm. Rebecca is the second eldest of seven children. Most of the children have fanciful names, such as Marquis and Jenny Lind, influenced by the father's artistic background (Rebecca is named after both the heroines in Ivanhoe). The family is quite poor, due to the number of children, Mr. Randall's inability to stick to a job, and the farm being mortgaged. At the beginning of the novel, he has been dead for three years and the family are barely scraping by. Therefore, Rebecca's stay with her aunt is both a chance to improve her opportunities in life and to make things easier, as there is one less mouth to feed. Despite her impoverished background, Rebecca is an imaginative and charming child, often composing little poems and songs to express her feelings or to amuse her younger brothers and sisters. It is she who names their farm "Sunnybrook".
Miranda and Jane had wanted Hannah, the eldest sister, due to her pragmatic nature and household skills, but as these skills are also greatly valued by her mother, Rebecca is sent instead. Miranda is unimpressed by Rebecca's imagination and sallow complexion, saying that she is the image of her shiftless father, Lorenzo DeMedici Randall. Miranda determines to do her duty and train Rebecca to be a proper young lady, so she will not shame the Sawyer name. Jane takes on the role of Rebecca's protector, acting as a buffer between her niece and her sister, and teaches Rebecca to sew, cook and be a proper little housekeeper. In return, Rebecca's liveliness and curiosity brighten Jane's life and refresh her spirit. Although Rebecca strives to win Miranda's approval, she finds it hard to live up to the older aunt's high standards, as she has to fight against Miranda's view of her as "all Randall and no Sawyer".
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148541035
  • Publisher: Randall Sanders Publishing Co.
  • Publication date: 8/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,273,431
  • File size: 605 KB

Meet the Author

Kate Douglas Wiggin (September 28, 1856–August 24, 1923) was an American educator and author of children's stories, most notably the classic children's novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. She started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878 (the Silver Street Free Kindergarten). With her sister during the 1880s, she also established a training school for kindergarten teachers. Kate Wiggin devoted her adult life to the welfare of children in an era when children were commonly thought of as cheap labour.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2004

    A Great Inspirational Story

    A great story about a determined girl who is determined to have success. A great picture of the time period too. You must read it, It's worth your time.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2001

    A Must Read

    Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm is a wonderful story for young women. It goes through the life of Rebecca Randall, a girl around the age of 11. She is sent to live with her aunts, and the book tells all of her adventures. And it has wonderful filling end! You will not be disapponted! If your buying this for your daughter, grandaughter or yourself, indeed, this is a must read!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    Love this book!

    Best book ever! Everyone should read this book you cant put it down. Not a waste of time for sure. Kat Douglas wiggin thank you for writing this book!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    charming insight into the way of life from a previous age

    Rebecca, like Eleanor Porter's Pollyanna, suffers from the misconception that she promotes a "happy go lucky, whistling in the dark, rosy tinted glasses" view of life. Nothing could be further from the truth. Set in the state of Maine, probably around the turn of the twentieth century or just before, the book chronicles a young woman's coming of age and ultimate triumph in spite of many trials and tribulations. Rebecca's mother Aurelia had married what most people in Riverboro considered the town ne'er-do-well. The disdain that the couple felt finally forced him to move away to Temperance where he bought a farm and finally died, but not until he had left his wife with seven children.
    As the book opens, ten-year-old Rebecca Randall is traveling from Temperance through Maplewood back to Riverboro to stay with her mother's two maiden sisters, Aunt Miranda and Aunt Jane. They had originally asked for her older sister Hannah to help them, but Aurelia needed Hannah's help with the younger children, so she sent Rebecca instead. Miranda is somewhat harsh while Jane is more understanding. Rebecca gets into her share of trouble, usually not intentional and often as a result of her "different" way of looking at things, but she also tries hard to do her best. The sisters scrimp to send her to school and she makes a lot of friends along the way. However, the news from back home is not good as one brother dies, the crops fail, the family cannot come up with money to pay the mortgage, and finally her mother falls while putting up hay in the barn and is seriously injured. So, Rebecca is torn about making plans for her own future, taking care of her failing Aunt Miranda, and now worrying about her mother and siblings. She has to make some hard choices. How can everything turn out all right?
    Yes, there is some sadness, especially at the end, but there is also hope because Rebecca always seeks to do what is right. The quaint writing style and vocabulary of a former time may make the reading a little difficult for some children today, and Mrs. Wiggin's sense of humor may be lost on a lot of people, but there is nothing objectionable in the book, and it is a charming insight into the way of life from a previous age. It would probably best be appreciated by girls, but I read it aloud to our son Jeremy (then age 11) and he thought that it was great. As the back cover of my edition notes, "This charming story of the good-natured, but never goody-goody Rebecca has delighted generations of children on both sides of the Atlantic." Mrs. Wiggin did write a sequel, The New Chronicles of Rebecca, in 1907. A distant cousin of Mrs. Wiggin's husband, Eric Wiggin, is a name that is known to some in the homeschool community. A minister, public and private school teacher, and college English professor, he edited the Harvey's Grammars and provided the answer keys for these books republished by Mott Media for their Classic Curriculum that is used by many homeschoolers, and he also wrote a series of six books "Hannah's Island" about a homeschool family who lives in Maine (and uses the McGuffey Readers also republished by Mott Media and used by many homeschoolers today, including us), as well as The Gift of Grandparenting for Focus on the Family, another series of three books "Maggie's World," and a book about Rebecca's further life, Rebecca Returns to Sunnybrook.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2004

    A Lovable & Unforgettable Story.

    This incredible tale is for all the ages. I read this novel when I was a little girl & I still keep on reading it. I fell inlove with Rebecca's character and the period setting of the story. It all fit together perfectly. I also loved how determind and positive Rebecca's attitude throught out the book. No matter what she just never lost her ability to love.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2003

    A great book

    My favorite character in this book is Rebecca because she is a girl that keeps her head on what she wants. She also lives on a big farm like me. She tries to please her Aunt.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2002

    It is a wonderful book I loved it!!!!!!!!!

    Rebbeca is an outstanding girl who tries very hard at things. She is very incouraging.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    .................

    Love the book. Should i buy it???????????????

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Hard to uderstand parts

    It was an ok book but some words were spelled wrong and hard to unerstand.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    J

    This is a very good book. It is not my favorite because it lacks romance, at least in the version I read. If this one is different ignore my remark.......,

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Best book ever!

    Great book for any age! Lovely book to read. Over all great book to lift you up. Wonderfully writen. But kind of long to read. Other wise great book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    great book

    Lacking romance but still a bit hit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Hi

    I think this is a wonderful book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Wonderful!

    Dont listen to the other reviews because this is an absoloutly awesome book! Once you read one page, you will be hooked. Highly reccomrnd this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Interest trouble

    Its not quite exciting enough too hold your interest for a long time

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Great and challenging read

    Intrigueing and challenging read. EXCEPTIONAL!

    The Works of LURI

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Cute read for young readers

    Enough saidr

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    SOME MISSPELLEED WORDS

    Enough said

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Anonymous

    Wow, No need to write a mini book for a review. A short line or two would be enough.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2007

    a reviewer

    if you think she's a great singer your right you have to read this book it's a twist of the movie but still it's a super great book she used to live in a rich house but she moves cause no one can take care of her so shhe moves to her mean aunt's house who live's on a farm she meet some new friend in the being she try's out for singing and they say she's not good but then they shearch for her everywhere so when they find her they say she won and she's so happy if your kid's are sick read this book to them or watch the moveie when i was sick i watch the movie and it made me better so get a book and sart reading this book get it at barnes and nobel for best price. peace out fellow people

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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