Mother Carey's Chickens

  • by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Narrated by Anne Hancock
  • 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the pen of Kate Douglas Wiggin (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) comes this heartwarming story of Margaret Carey and her four children - or "chickens" as the author often refers to them.
The sudden death of the father of the family results in the drastic reduction of the Careys' income and they must leave their comfortable home in Boston. Nancy Carey, the eldest, recalls a vacation in Maine when they all picnicked in the garden of a big, vacant house that her father loved. She discovers that the house is available, the rent is cheap, and persuades her mother that life in The Yellow House in Beulah, Maine is the perfect place to begin their new life.
Mother Carey is a model of strength and wisdom (think Marmee from Little Women) but her children exhibit all the growing pains: Nancy is brimming with enthusiastic and not always practical plans; Gilbert resents moving to a small town and having his dream of college disappear; Kitty is overly sensitive; and coddled young Peter has to learn to do things for himself. Add to that, prim and snotty cousin Julia and visits from acerbic, critical cousin Ann, and Mother Carey has her hands full!
Soon The Yellow House becomes a welcoming oasis for Beulah's quirky inhabitants. A window into the joys and travails of country life of a century ago, Mother Carey's Chickens delighted everyone including Walt Disney, who adapted it for his 1963 movie Summer Magic starring Hayley Mills as Nancy.


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Mother Carey's Chickens

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!I never read any of the authors other books, but will now.Anne Hancock was a beautiful narrator.Mother Carey refers to her children as chickens.This is the story of how they survive after a terrible loss.I was provided this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.
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- Deedra "I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo"

A very cozy book =)

Would you consider the audio edition of Mother Carey's Chickens to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version. But I think the narration made a cozy book even cozier.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the members of the family cared for eachother.

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Any additional comments?

I will read this one again... I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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- Camilla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2016
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