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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: The Macmillan Company (1966)
  • ASIN: B000JKOQO2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By MainelyClassics on March 14, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is about an unusual, spirited girl who is sent from another part of Maine to be raised by her two aunts in York County. The experience turns out to be, as her mother had predicted, "the making of [her]". The intended audience is the same as that for Anne of Green Gables. A lot of similarities with the Anne-girl such as the use of the expression "stuff and nonsense" and "I'd like to eat color, drink it and sleep in it." Excellent story!

I have downloaded more of this author's books in hopes that they will be as great as this one was. If you liked Anne of Green Gables, or Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, you will like more of Lucy Maud Mongtgomery's series like the "Emily" books or her "Pat" books. You also will like books by Louisa May Alcott such as An Old-Fashioned Girl and Eight Cousins (and its sequel Rose in Bloom). Although it has been a little while since I read them, Pollyanna and A Little Princess are also classics along this line and VERY readable. And I believe that every one of these books is a FREE Kindle download away...

This free Kindle edition of March 17, 2006 was fine, no editing issues of note, just the usual line break/margin unevenness. Actually the first nice usage that I have seen of italics in this book, a long passage that is a story that Rebecca writes in italics, very readable.

I hadn't written very many reviews. However, in considering Kindle book choices, I was sorry to see so few reviews of Kindle versions, especially when comparing two or more similar electronic renderings. So I am ramping up my reviews while I have the opportunity.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
No review could do this marvelous book justice, but I will attempt it. My mother bought the book for me some years ago because she thought it would be good for me to read classics. Thinking that it would be boring, I didn't read it for a long time. But a couple of days ago I was bored and picked it up. Soon, I fell under the same spell Rebecca cast over nearly every person she met. Around the age of 10 or 11, she was forced to leave her home, Sunnybrook Farm, to live in a brick house with her spinster aunts in Riverboro. Her aunts Jane and Miranda weren't used to young people, but they let Rebecca stay with them in order to help out her poor widowed mother who had 6 other children to care for. Rebecca charmed nearly all the citizens of Riverboro, Aunt Jane, and, in time, her strict, austere Aunt Miranda.
There were many things to love about the story. In fact, it has become one of my favorite books of all time. (and I am a voracious reader) The characters were all realistically and richly delineated. Rebecca especially came alive for me. She was such a talented, imaginative, caring girl. She was the kind of person that anyone would love to have as a friend. Actually, I would want to be her. I didn't want to stop reading about her adventures. The events played before my mind's eye like a movie. I traveled back in time, to 100 years ago. This is considered a children's book, but it has truths and insights that people of all ages can learn from. Several of the passages, the literary allusions, and Rebecca's poems were so beautiful that I had to reread them. The language was eloquent. As another reviewer said, the vocabulary wasn't "dumbed down" like the vocabularies of modern children's books, and there was a protagonist one could love.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David Bond on June 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I tried to read this book to my 5 year old daughters, (they loved Anne of Green Gables), but the language was too advanced for them. However I couldn't put it down. Ms. Wiggin's use of turn of phrase and metaphor remind me so much of Mark Twain. I'm in awe of their common talent for making it possible to see a concept in a new light by merely a precise juxtaposition of words. Much of this might be lost on younger readers, but my daughters were nevertheless facinated by Rebecca's spirit; so much so, that they asked me to tell them the whole story when I had finished.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am 9 years old and just read the book. It was so interesting, I read it in one day! I think everyone should read this book because it really touched my heart; and it probably would do the same to yours!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Martha de Forest on December 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book for libertarians. This book, completely non-political, describes a time in our nation's history when people abhorred debt, education was voluntary, and charity existed at a local level. The characters are beautifully drawn with rich words. This book is also wonderful for those who have tired of the "Youth" books with dumbed down vocabularies and protagonists one would not want as a neighbor, let alone as a friend. Rebecca makes do with what she has, is thankful and kind, and works hard. Rebecca is the sort of girl we all want to be and have as a friend.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because I was told that it is similar to the beloved Anne of Green Gables. And it is! It's not only a wonderful story, but after reading it you feel like you gained something. That is very rare from books, to come away feeling like the hours you put into reading have left you with a lasting impression. This book stays with you, the story is so rich and engaging. The character is someone that young girls can understand and feel for. Not only that, but unlike many of the books our society seems to produce for our young daughters, this book will enlighten and enrich, not harm!
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