This unforgettable children’s classic has been captivating children and adults alike for almost 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 of Sunnybrook Farm, in 1903, won her major acclaim both here and in Great Britain.
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A Timeless Story
This particular audiobook holds a special place in my heart. Barbara Caruso did a wonderful job as narrator. It was my first experience of this classic book and wowed me from start to finish. I can't rank it numerically because it seems all my favorite audiobooks are my absolute favorite - until I think of the next favorite. But this one is truly one of the special books I think everyone would love, if they have a heart at all.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm reminded me somewhat of Pollyanna - young girl leaving family or orphaned finding a home with crotchety aunt and softening the old maid's heart while growing into a caring, warm hearted young woman.
Rebecca - of course!
No, I think this is a book best listened to in segments. It is a story of a young girl over time, and to listen all in one sitting would for me, be too compressing of the impression of Rebecca as she grows from child to (young) adult woman.