Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
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In Kate Douglas Wiggin's classic 1903 children's novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, a young girl brings life and joy into her new home. Rebecca is born into a large and modest family. When her father dies, Rebecca's mother is left to raise her seven children on her own. Everything changes one day, when word comes from Rebecca's two aunts at Sunnybrook Farm. They need help at home, and they want Rebecca's sister Hannah to come to live with them. Rebecca's mother depends on Hannah, and she makes the difficult decision to have Rebecca take Hannah's intended place at Sunnybrook Farm. When she arrives, Rebecca realizes that life will never be the same again. Used to the warm, loving home and lively brothers and sisters she has always known, Rebecca fears that Sunnybrook Farm is not at all what its cheerful name suggests. Her aunts are quiet and somber, or so it seems at first. Can Rebecca's infectious energy and happy heart turn over a new leaf for Sunnybrook Farm? You will find yourself rooting for this irrepressible heroine from the first to the last pages of Wiggin's beloved story.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
I"WE ARE SEVEN"
The old stage coach was rumbling along the dusty road that runs from Maplewood to Riverboro. The day was as warm as midsummer, though it was only the middle of May, and Mr. Jeremiah Cobb was favoring the horses as much as possible, yet never losing sight of the fact that he carried ...
Reviewed by books on Jul 27, 2008
I was attracted, at first, to the book due to it's title. Rebecca, as is the main character's name, is my name too. I was not disappointed as the tale of a young girl was chronicled through her young years and she struggled with obstacles that her parents passed down to her.
Her mother is still alive, but her father had passed away. With her large family, the bills were hard to pay, and she's sent off to live with her aunts. She develops such a strong bond with them.
This book is exquisite in how the book captivates all the warm feelings family and friends bring about.
Reviewed by lizkies on Feb 22, 2010
"May I thank you for Rebecca?"
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 was so impressed by the adults in the book. Rebecca's story is so bright, but the adults influencing her surroundings are given skillful little shades of back-story, a paragraph or so to describe what has shaped them, and it's often very sad. It makes Rebecca's setting very realistic. Sometimes it's easy to assume old books like this cast nothing but gauzy parochial characters, particularly for children, but this book absolutely doesn't.
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