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Children's Classics: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms Hardcover – Jun 6 1993


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  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy (June 6 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517092751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517092750
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 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- color plates and 32 pen-and-ink drawings. (Ages 9 and older) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover 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 the Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on Dec 29 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
No review could do this marvelous book justice, but I will attempt it. My mother bought the book for me some years ago because she thought it would be good for me to read classics. Thinking that it would be boring, I didn't read it for a long time. But a couple of days ago I was bored and picked it up. Soon, I fell under the same spell Rebecca cast over nearly every person she met. Around the age of 10 or 11, she was forced to leave her home, Sunnybrook Farm, to live in a brick house with her spinster aunts in Riverboro. Her aunts Jane and Miranda weren't used to young people, but they let Rebecca stay with them in order to help out her poor widowed mother who had 6 other children to care for. Rebecca charmed nearly all the citizens of Riverboro, Aunt Jane, and, in time, her strict, austere Aunt Miranda.
There were many things to love about the story. In fact, it has become one of my favorite books of all time. (and I am a voracious reader) The characters were all realistically and richly delineated. Rebecca especially came alive for me. She was such a talented, imaginative, caring girl. She was the kind of person that anyone would love to have as a friend. Actually, I would want to be her. I didn't want to stop reading about her adventures. The events played before my mind's eye like a movie. I traveled back in time, to 100 years ago. This is considered a children's book, but it has truths and insights that people of all ages can learn from. Several of the passages, the literary allusions, and Rebecca's poems were so beautiful that I had to reread them. The language was eloquent. As another reviewer said, the vocabulary wasn't "dumbed down" like the vocabularies of modern children's books, and there was a protagonist one could love.
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Format: Hardcover
My mother read this book to my younger sister, brother and I when I was all of 7 or 8. Nearly 10 years later I still remember clearly how we would beg her to read "just one more chapter!" before bed. I remember being completely drawn in, captured, utterly enchanted with Rebecca and her travails. I still recall the disaster of the pink parasol as if it were my own tragedy! :) As an adult I can now see what a marvelous job the author did capturing and nurturing little minds regarding complicated interpersonal issues like personality conflicts. (Rebecca and Aunt Miranda) Because Rebecca is so easy to identify with, she is able to gently guide the reader through the process of learning and understanding to love and appreciate someone very different from yourself. She does such a marvelous job of entertaining and simultaneously provoking thought. Wonderful book- fabulous author. Highly recommended especially for girls.
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By A Customer on Aug. 19 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because I was told that it is similar to the beloved Anne of Green Gables. And it is! It's not only a wonderful story, but after reading it you feel like you gained something. That is very rare from books, to come away feeling like the hours you put into reading have left you with a lasting impression. This book stays with you, the story is so rich and engaging. The character is someone that young girls can understand and feel for. Not only that, but unlike many of the books our society seems to produce for our young daughters, this book will enlighten and enrich, not harm!
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Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book for libertarians. This book, completely non-political, describes a time in our nation's history when people abhorred debt, education was voluntary, and charity existed at a local level. The characters are beautifully drawn with rich words. This book is also wonderful for those who have tired of the "Youth" books with dumbed down vocabularies and protagonists one would not want as a neighbor, let alone as a friend. Rebecca makes do with what she has, is thankful and kind, and works hard. Rebecca is the sort of girl we all want to be and have as a friend.
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Format: Hardcover
I tried to read this book to my 5 year old daughters, (they loved Anne of Green Gables), but the language was too advanced for them. However I couldn't put it down. Ms. Wiggin's use of turn of phrase and metaphor remind me so much of Mark Twain. I'm in awe of their common talent for making it possible to see a concept in a new light by merely a precise juxtaposition of words. Much of this might be lost on younger readers, but my daughters were nevertheless facinated by Rebecca's spirit; so much so, that they asked me to tell them the whole story when I had finished.
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