Classic Children’s Book Review: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
by Kate Douglas Wiggin
4 out of 5 stars
Rebecca leaves her home at Sunnybrook Farm to move in with her two aunts, Miranda and Jane. With many little brothers and sisters at home with her mother, Rebecca hopes to get a good education and be able to support the family someday. But Aunt Miranda is terribly strict, and Rebecca must find consolation with her more compassionate Aunt Jane.

I have always loved this sweet story about a smart girl growing up in the middle of nowhere. Rebecca has imagination and cleverness far beyond anyone else in her little country town. But she learns to appreciate the kindness and neighborliness of the people around her.

The only thing I don’t particularly like is the end. It’s rather abrupt. It definitely gives you clues as to what will happen next, but those things are not quite resolved.

I love Rebecca’s character. It’s wonderful to see how her horizons expand as she grows up. She becomes so resilient and good. She is ready to sacrifice her own dreams in order to do her duty. I love to see how she responds to her teachers, and soaks in as much knowledge as she can at school.

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