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Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856–1923)

Autor(a) de Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

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About the Author

Kate Douglas Wiggin was born Sept. 28, 1856, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wiggin attended a district school in Philadelphia and for short periods the Gorham Female Seminary in Maine, the Morison Academy in Maryland, and the Abbott Academy in Massachusetts. In 1873 she moved with her family to mostrar mais California. In San Francisco, in 1877, after the death of her stepfather, Kate became involved in the "free kindergarten" movement after attending a kindergarten training class at the Pacific Model Training School for Kindergartners. She opened the first free kindergarten in California, Silver Street Free Kindergarten, and worked there until the late 1880's. Wiggin organized the first free kindergartens on the Pacific coast in 1878 and with her sister established a training school for kindergarten teachers. Kate wrote and privately published her first book, The Birds' Christmas Carol, in order to raise money for her school in San Francisco. The book helped Kate begin her career in publishing, translation, and travel. As part of her teaching career she wrote The Story of Patsy, published in 1883. The most popular among her many later works for children were The Birds¿ Christmas Carol published in 1887, Timothy¿s Quest published in 1890, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm published in 1903, and Mother Carey¿s Chickens published in 1911. Wiggin is best known for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm which was later made into a film starring Shirley Temple. Other works include The Diary of a Goose Girl, Rose O' the River, The Flag-Raising, The Old Peabody Pew, and books of the Penelope series, including Penelope's English Experiences, Penelope's Experiences in Scotland, Penelope's Irish Experiences, and Penelope's Postscripts. In 1904, Bowdoin College presented Wiggin with an honorary degree, only the second such degree the College had ever granted to a woman. Kate Wiggin died on August 24th, 1923 at Harrow, Middlesex, England. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Kate Douglas Wiggin

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903) 4,030 exemplares
The Birds' Christmas Carol (1886) 914 exemplares
The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales (1909) — Editor — 752 exemplares
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm [abridged - Classic Starts] (2007) — Original story — 259 exemplares
Mother Carey's Chickens (1911) 222 exemplares
New Chronicles of Rebecca (1907) 187 exemplares
The Romance of a Christmas Card (1916) 74 exemplares
Penelope's Progress (1898) 66 exemplares
Timothy's Quest (1890) 53 exemplares
The Fairy Ring (1934) — Editor — 46 exemplares
Rose o' the River (1905) 45 exemplares
Penelope's Irish Experiences (1901) 40 exemplares
Susanna and Sue (1909) 32 exemplares
The Diary of a Goose Girl (1902) 31 exemplares
Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know (1909) — Editor — 30 exemplares
The Affair at the Inn (1904) 29 exemplares
Penelope's English Experiences (1893) 28 exemplares
The Story of Patsy (1911) 26 exemplares
The Story of Waitstill Baxter (1913) 25 exemplares
Tales of Laughter Every Child Should Know (1926) — Editor — 23 exemplares
The Shirley Temple Treasury (1959) 22 exemplares
A Cathedral Courtship (1893) 20 exemplares
The Village Watch-Tower (1895) 18 exemplares
Penelope's Postscripts (1915) 17 exemplares
The Story Hour (1890) 16 exemplares
Golden Numbers (1902) 15 exemplares
Robinetta (1911) 12 exemplares
Homespun Tales (1909) 11 exemplares
A Child's Journey with Dickens (1912) 11 exemplares
Ladies-in-Waiting (1919) 9 exemplares
Marm Lisa (1896) 9 exemplares
Pinafore Palace (1907) 8 exemplares
Bluebeard: A Musical Fantasy (1914) 5 exemplares
Froebel’s Gifts (1895) — Autor — 5 exemplares
The Romance of a Christmas Card (2023) 4 exemplares
The Flag-Raising (1907) 3 exemplares
Half a Dozen Housekeepers (1903) 3 exemplares
A Village Stradivarius (1904) 2 exemplares
Poems Every Child Should Know (1903) 2 exemplares
Timothys Quest 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Scottish Chiefs (1809) — Editor — 786 exemplares
The Fireside Book of Christmas Stories (1945) — Contribuidor — 278 exemplares
The Family Read-Aloud Christmas Treasury (1989) — Contribuidor — 273 exemplares
The New Junior Classics Volume 06: Stories About Boys and Girls (1938) — Contribuidor — 187 exemplares
The Best Christmas Stories Ever (Apple Classics) (1992) — Contribuidor — 183 exemplares
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm [adapted - Junior Classics for Young Readers] (2011) — Autor, algumas edições102 exemplares
Summer Magic [1963 film] (1963) — Original book — 45 exemplares
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm [1938 film] (1939) — Original story — 38 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

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Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
South Buxton Cemetery, Buxton, Maine, USA
USA (birth)
País (no mapa)
Local de nascimento
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Local de falecimento
Harrow-on-the-Hill, England, UK
Locais de residência
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (birth)
Santa Barbara, California, USA
New York, New York, USA
Hollis, Maine, USA
England, UK
University: Pacific Model Training School for Kindergartners
Smith, Nora A. (sister)
The Dorcas Society (founder)
Society of Bowdoin Women (founder)
Froebel Society (founder)
New York Kindergarten Association
Prémios e menções honrosas
Bowdoin College honorary degree (1904)

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Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923) was a pioneer of the kindergarten movement in the United States in the nineteenth century. She helped to establish the Silver Street Kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878, the first free kindergarten in California. She also co-founded the California Kindergarten Training School for aspiring kindergarten teachers in 1880. In addition to kindergarten training and advocacy, Wiggin was a prolific author of books for children, including the well-known Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903) and Mother Carey's Chickens (1911). Wiggin also published a number of works on kindergarten theory and method as well as fiction for adults.



OMG, I thought E.M. Montgomery was precious, but I hadn't tangled with Kate Douglas Wiggin, Queen of the TWEE. Forgive me for saying this, but this book practically gave me a toothache.

However, precocious Rebecca Randall is too similar to Anne Shirley for me to dislike her. In fact, reading this book is like meeting someone who is similar to someone you really like. It's cool, but kind of weird when you notice the small, glaring differences between them. K.D. Wiggin as narrator just loves on Rebecca too too much. She's always saying how beautiful she is, how wonderful and amazing. It's kind of creepy.

And what's with the implied romance between R.R.R. and A.L.? Again, creepy.

I can't find a place in my heart for this, but I can sympathize with those who have.
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LibrarianDest | 47 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
Born on Christmas Day, and named in honor of the hymn Carol, Brothers, Carol, the sound of which was drifting in from the church next door just after her birth, Carol Bird was a kind-hearted, generous little girl—a true Christmas Child. Becoming ill when still quite young, she remained cheerful and bright, providing a good influence on her three brothers, and even upon her loving parents. Delighted that her beloved Uncle Jack was coming home for the holidays, Carol had a plan: to give the most wonderful Christmas to the nine Ruggles children living across the alley behind her house...

Originally privately printed in 1886, and then published in 1888, The Birds' Christmas Carol was, according to the prefatory letter in the edition I read, author Kate Douglas Wiggin's first book. It was published in order to help fund the kindergarten she founded in San Francisco, and went on to become a very popular holiday tale. I found it enjoyable, and while I recognize that its eponymous heroine might be a little too perfect at times—something which I think will irritate some contemporary readers—I just took that as it was. The depiction of the little Ruggles, and the lessons on manners given to them by their mother, added a note of hilarity to what might otherwise have been a depressing tale, and there was a happy feeling throughout, despite Carol's illness, and eventual death. I found Wiggins' prose here sometimes quite moving, with an occasional aside well worth remembering. When she writes that "Love could do nothing, and when we have said that we have said all, for it is stronger than anything else in the whole wide world," I found myself nodding in agreement. I also greatly enjoyed the illustrations of Katharine R. Wireman, which were frequently quite lovely.

All in all, I am glad to have read this holiday classic, and while I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as some of Wiggin's Christmas romances—The Old Peabody Pew, The Romance of a Christmas Card—and certainly nowhere near as much as her best-known work, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, it nevertheless made for a sweet seasonal tale.
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AbigailAdams26 | 23 outras críticas | Dec 30, 2023 |
When Rebecca Rowena Randall goes to live with her spinster aunts in Riverboro, Rebecca's aunts find her to be more of a handful than they bargained for. But even more surprising than the transition of Rebecca into a well-mannered young lady are the effects that Rebecca has on her aunts' humdrum lives. Rebecca, with her wide dark eyes and spirit that no walls can contain, will change their lives -- and the lives of everyone she meets -- forever.
PlumfieldCH | 47 outras críticas | Dec 15, 2023 |
A sweet old fashioned book. I'm sure my book group will love it. I look forward to seeing the movie which was based on it. It is nice to see the positive attitudes through difficult times. Not what we see much today.
njcur | 6 outras críticas | Sep 30, 2023 |



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