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The Birds' Christmas Carol Paperback – January 1, 2012
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Kate Wiggin was name by the San Francisco Examiner as one of the six most influencial women in the world. She organized the kindergarden movement in the United States and wrote many children's books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story, set in the 1880's, is simple: after several sons, a family finally has a little girl, who is named Carol because she is born on Christmas morning when the sounds of the choir singing a carol came floating in the window of the house. Sadly, she has an illness (unnamed) that the she and family must accept is incurable and will be fatal. Although she has just about every toy imaginable, and the continuous attention of her parents and older brothers, she longs to do something for someone else and decides, after a bit of thinking, to throw a birthday party (i.e., Christmas party) and invite the poor Ruggles children who live in the lane.
It can not be denied that the story is dripping with Victorian sentimentality and that Carol is almost too good to be true, nor can it be denied that it is effectively told and will touch all but the hardest hearts. The image of the Ruggles children wrapped in blankets while their mother washed their clothes in anticipation of the party is but one of the vivid vignettes in this delightful book.
Along with the Nativity story and "A Christmas Carol", put this on top of the list for holiday reading. As my third-grade teacher (long-departed) proved, this is a wonderful read-aloud story.
I have never forgotten 'Grandpa' and those books. Dickens is easy to come by, but I never came across this book until now. It still starts the tears flowing, but they are tears of gratitude. Perhaps Edwardian sentimentality has its value.
Baby bird is born on Christmas day and the male birds want a change at naming the bird. The mother decides Carol is most fitting for the first girl of their family.
Story follows her life as the others get older and move on with their lives. She makes it a special Christmas for one family every year.
Love charity work of exchanging books for 14 days with other children at the hospital.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).