Synopsis: Rebecca Randall leaves her family at Sunnybrook Farm and goes to live with her two aunts in Riverboro. There she goes to school for the first time, embarks on a madcap scheme to sell soap, nearly runs away, befriends a coach driver and helps repair the family’s fortunes.
Genres: Middle Grace, Classics, Young Adult, Coming of Age, Historical
Format Read: Audiobook
Release Date: 11th September 2007 (this version) 1903 (original version)
Review: I loved this book, it was so sweet and beautiful. It really felt so much like Anne of Green Gables. Rebecca was so very similar in her ways and her whimsical-ness, her love of finding the special things where ever she was.
I also love the way the story progressed with her actually growing up along with the story she was an interesting and detailed character. She felt so much and learnt so much and enchanted so many peoples lives through the story.
I really enjoyed this sweet story of this sweet girl growing up in the brick house. I will most likely Read this book myself one day and enjoy it again.
Narrator Review: For the most part the narrators (there were many) were okay. Most either weren’t able to express the character properly or read with no enthusiasm or personality. Some had atrocious sounds in the background. There were two with awful accents that were too think and heavy that made those chapters missed as I personally wasn’t able to understand them very much which is a shame.
There were a few that were really good, clear had good enthusiasm for what they were reading but only read a chapter or two. Then there was the narrator Mary I believe she kept saying who did the largest part of the story who was clear with her reading, she loved the story you could tell, however did mispronounce words or trip over words every so often but was better and probably should have just told the whole story herself.
It’s a very weird concept having the narrator change all the time, it takes you out of your focus and makes it hard to live in the story world.
About Author: 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).