PHILIP DOSSICK

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5.66

“There were the rolling meadows, the stately elms, all yellow and brown now; the glowing maples, the garden bed bright with asters, and the hollyhocks rising tall against the parlor windows....”

 

When chatty, ten-year-old Rebecca Randall goes to live with her spinster aunts, Miranda and Jane, one strict and demanding, the other easygoing and sentimental, they expect to turn her into a proper young lady.

Instead, Rebecca ends up changing them.

Enormously popular when it was first published in 1903 and admired by authors from Mark Twain to Jack London, this delightful novel introduced a heroine as irrepressible and fun-loving as Tom Sawyer, who would serve as a role model for a century of American girls and women.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is as charming today as it was one hundred years ago and is unexpectedly poignant in its evocation of an America contemplating the choices open to women facing their futures in a new era.

 

KATE DOUGLAS WIGGIN (1856–1923) was an American author. A lifelong advocate of innovations in children's education, she set up and ran the first free kindergarten in California for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Today she is best known for her timeless children’s classic Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

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