Rebecca Rowena Randall first won the hearts of readers in 1903, when Houghton Mifflin Company published Kate Douglas Wiggins novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Rebeccas good nature and generous, passionate spirit have made her a treasured heroine for more than a hundred years. Now, to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the novels original publication, Houghton Mifflin is proud to reissue Rebeccas story in this new, unabridged edition with an introduction by Patricia Reilly Giff and luminous illustrations by award-winning artist Barbara McClintock.
An outspoken and precocious ten-year-old, Rebecca is one of those rare characters who have become fixtures in the canon of classic childrens literature. She leaves her beloved home at Sunnybrook to journey to faraway Riverboro, where she will live with two elderly and staunchly disciplined aunts. Though it was Rebeccas dependable sister, Hannah, who was truly invited, Rebeccas mother sends her instead, much to her aunts chagrin.
But eventually the charming Rebecca wins them over, along with her classmates, teachers, and the mysterious young businessman she calls Mr. Aladdin. And though her adventures take her through Riverboro and beyond, Rebeccas heart remains at Sunnybrook. Talkative, ten-year-old Rebecca goes to live with her spinster aunts, one harsh and demanding, the other soft and sentimental, and spends seven difficult but rewarding years growing up in their company.