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  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923) was an important reformer of children's education at the turn of the century. During a period when children's place in society was little other than cheap labor, Kate Douglas Wiggin was dedicated to the betterment of youth. She was the first person to found a free kindergarten school in San Francisco in 1878. Her passion for children's rights carried over to her successful career as an author of children's books. In her 1887 tale 'The Birds' Christmas Carol', Kate Douglas Wiggin tells the story of the angelic Carol Bird, a young girl who spreads mirth to everyone around her. Born on Christmas, Carol tragically falls ill when she is five years old. The novel...read more

  • Sarah Orne Jewett

    Tantor Media presents a collection of some of the most popular Christmas stories read by award-winning narrators Renee Raudman and Alan Sklar. This special anthology will transport listeners back to the Christmases of their youth, when they first heard these holiday tales. From ''Twas the Night Before Christmas,' Clement C. Moore's classic depiction of St. Nicholas at work, to O. Henry's 'The Gift of the Magi,' which embodies the very spirit of Christmas, Favorite Stories of Christmas Past has something for everyone. Also included is Francis Church's moving editorial response to a little girl's Christmastime query, 'Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Clause,' as well as seven other Christmas...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    This unforgettable classic has been captivating children and adults alike for more than a century. Rebecca's widowed mother has a failing farm, meager resources, and seven children to raise. When her spinster sisters offer Rebecca a home and an education, Mrs. Randall bundles her second eldest into a stagecoach with a kiss and an admonition to stay out of mischief. Could she be asking too much of the free-spirited imp with sparkling eyes and insatiable curiosity? Kate Douglas Wiggin wrote children's books to finance the school she started in the slums of San Francisco in 1878. Her first book was published in 1883, and by 1887 she had become a popular success. But the publication of Rebecca...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    The willful, chatty ten-year-old Rebecca Rowena Randall has been sent away from her home at Sunnybrook Farm to live with her two spinster aunts in the quiet town of Riverboro-where it is hoped she will be brought up as a proper young lady. Precocious, curious, and full of creative energy, Rebecca isn't quite ready to be tamed, leaving the prim and demanding Aunt Miranda with her hands full. But soon, Rebecca's irrepressible spirit and bright intelligence win the hearts of all in Riverboro-including her rigid aunt. As we follow Rebecca's coming-of-age over the course of seven years, we find that she manages to become a fine young lady in the process. The unconventional and charismatic...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    Eleven-year-old Rebecca Randall is quite a handful—and now she’s leaving her beloved Sunnybrook Farm to live with her well-to-do elderly aunts and get an education. But they were expecting Rebecca’s quiet, hard-working older sister instead. Can the bright-eyed and talkative girl win them over…especially her strict, rule-bound Aunt Miranda? Just as Rebecca’s “grand spirit” charms everyone in the story, it will captivate readers,...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    The minister's new wife, Reba, is spirited, kind, and compassionate-she has made the town minister incredibly happy and has organized his affairs so that he can focus on the work of the Lord. Despite all of this, there is still contention in the church due to rebellious youths that threatens to tear the town apart. Reba decides to use her talents in poetry to bring everyone together for the...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    Born on Christmas Day, little Carol Bird is a gentle soul who touches every life around her. Despite physical illness, Carol is loved by everyone who knows her. This year, she is going to make Christmas extra special for her family and the little Ruggles children who live nearby. (Introduction by Andrea...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    A sweet, old fashioned Christmas romance set in an old New England meeting house. (Summary by Maria...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    Rebecca goes to live with her two stern aunts in a village in Maine. Her joy for life ends up inspiring...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    Penelope's English Experiences is a fictional travelogue, which documents the experiences of three American ladies on a visit to England. Included are scenes in London and the village of Belvern, containing fanciful sketches of a West-end ball, portraits of domestic originals, etc., characterized by humorous trifling and droll exaggeration of English traits. By the author Mother Carey's Chickens, A Cathedral Courtship, etc. (Summary adapted from an original...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    The Fairy Ring, originally published in 1910, is a collection of 63 fairy tales from around the globe. It includes such well-known favorites as "History of Jack the Giant-Killer", "The Frog Prince","Rumpel-stilts-ken", and "Snow-white and Rose-red", among many others. Children of all ages will enjoy these stories. (Summary by Paul...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    "When Captain Carey went on his long journey into the unknown and uncharted land, the rest of the Careys tried in vain for a few months to be still a family, and did not succeed at all. They clung as closely to one another as ever they could, but there was always a gap in the circle where father had been..... The only thing to do was to remember father's pride and justify it, to recall his care for mother and take his place so far as might be; the only thing for all, as the months went on, was to be what mother called the three Bs -- brave, bright, and busy." From the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, this book tells the story of a widow and her four children, forced to leave their...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    This book tells further stories from the period of Rebecca's sojourn in...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    Carol Bird was born on Christmas Day. She has spent all of her 11 years putting others above herself, always finding ways to make their lives a little more special. Even when faced with her own illness, the pure goodness of her heart shines through. She vows to find a way to spread Christmas cheer and decides to give a grand Christmas Party for a poor neighbourhood family. (summary by Laura Caldwell and Sarah...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    A sweet, old fashioned Christmas romance set in an old New England meeting house. (Summary by Maria...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    Rose Wiley is a pretty country girl. She's engaged to Stephen Waterman, a country boy. She is quite content, until Claude Merril, a man from Boston, tells her that her love is ruining Stephen's life. A cute coming-of-age novel. (Summary by Charlotte...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    The "Goose Girl" is a young and somewhat independent lady who, in fleeing from her lover with whom there had been a "little tiff," became a "paying guest" at poultry farm in a quiet, out-of-the-way Sussex village, in the care of which she participates. From the author of Mother Carey's Chickens, The Bird's Christmas Carol, etc. (Summary from an original...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    The story of the mission of two Christmas cards written by a minister’s wife. These cards find their way to two straying sheep from the village fold, who hear through the message in the words, and the little scenes on the cards, the compelling voice of home. There was inspiration and good cheer in the cards, and from them came, in one case reformation, in the other romance. (Summary compiled by Maria Therese from various original 1915...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    An romantic comedy. A pretty young American girls tours English Cathedrals, with her very blue-blooded Aunt. Then boy meets girl. Boy chases girl. Boy loses girl. Boy finds girl. Finally, girl catches boy with the help of a mad bull. (Summary by Ric...read more

  • Kate Douglas Wiggin

    This classic novel is about young Rebecca who moves to live with her aunt to improve her future opportunities in life. Kind and creative, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is an inspiring story. This audio classic novel has been carefully abridged and adapted into 10 short, easy-to-understand chapters. This format enables listeners of all ages and English language abilities to understand and enjoy the story. Composition includes original custom background music. This adventure tale is appropriate for children and adults. ©2008 EDCON Publishing Group, Inc. (P)2008 EDCON Publishing Group,...read more