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About the Author: Kate Douglas Wiggin

Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin

Kate Douglas Wiggin, nee Smith (1856-1923) was an American children's author and educator. She was born in Philadelphia, and was of Welsh descent. She started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878 (the "Silver Street Free Kindergarten"). With her sister in the 1880s she also established a training school for kindergarten teachers. Her best known books are The Story of Pasty (1883), The Birds' Christmas Carol (1887), Polly Oliver's Problem (1893), A Cathedral Courtship (1893), The Village Watchtoer (1896), Marm Lisa (1897) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903).


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Paperback, Published in May 2005 by Penguin Classics

ISBN10: 0143039202 | ISBN13: 9780143039204

Page count: 272

"School is pretty good. The Teacher can answer more questions than the one in Temperance but not so many as I can ask."

When ten-year-old Rebecca Randall comes to live with her maiden aunts Miranda and Jane in a small town in Maine, they expect to turn her into a proper young lady. Instead the irrepressible, outspoken Rebecca will end up changing her aunts. A huge success when it was first published in 1903-and admired by such contemporaries as Jack London and Mark Twain-Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm marked a dramatic change in America's notion of a child heroine, introducing a girl who was mischievous, full of fun, and more than a match for even the most censorious grownup. This irresistible novel captures a pivotal moment in the history and culture of America and in the lives of American women facing a future holding more possibilities for them than ever before.

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