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The Birds Christmas Carol (With Original Illustrations)
The Birds Christmas Carol (With Original Illustrations): Childrens Classic | Kate Douglas Wiggin
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This carefully crafted ebook: The Birds Christmas Carol (With Original Illustrations) is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The story is about Carol Bird, a Christmas-born child, who as a young girl is unusually loving and generous, having a positive effect on everyone with whom she comes into contact. She is the youngest member of her family and has devoted older brothers. At about the age of 5, Carol contracts an unspecified illness (possibly tuberculosis), and, by the time she is 10, she is bedridden. The novel primarily involves Carol making plans for a Christmas celebration for the nine Ruggles children, a poor, working-class family living near the Birds. The book is a wistful moral tale about a saintly child, but is enlivened by many humorous scenes, particularly those concerning the home life of the Ruggles family. Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923) was an American educator and author of children's stories. She started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878. Kate Wiggin devoted her adult life to the welfare of children in an era when children were commonly thought of as cheap labour.
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TheAromaofBooks
The Birds' Christmas Carol | Kate Douglas Wiggin
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If you have read and enjoyed other somewhat saccharine children's stories from the 1880s, you will probably enjoy this one as well. A simple story about a girl born on Christmas day but is always delicate and weak and only lives to be 10 years old. Along the way she tries to make life better for her poor neighbors through her warmth and generosity. A lovely story but Carol was not believable as a 10-year-old to me haha I also wasn't surprised ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) to find out that this was originally written to be a play - it definitely has that feel to it, especially the scene where the mother of the poor children is giving them instructions on how to behave at “the big house“. A perfectly pleasant little story with a bittersweet ending. 8mo
TheSpineView Fantastic!🤩📖📚 8mo
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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 8mo
Jadams1776 🎉👍🏻🎁🎅🏻🎄 8mo
keys_on_fire Love this! And the more I get to know you, the more I see we have in common. I grew up playing a Baldwin piano!! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks @keys_on_fire - It's actually THE piano I grew up on, as this is the one my grandparents gave my mom when she got married. Funnily enough, I actually have my own piano... an upright grand... but it's way too big for my house, so Mom and I have swapped for now LOL I never seem to find the time to play any more anyway!! 8mo
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TheAromaofBooks
The Birds' Christmas Carol | Kate Douglas Wiggin
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It's the last day of November, which means #WinterGames start tomorrow!!!! Time to set some goals for a couple of the month-long readathons!!

To hit my GR goal for the year, I need to read 30 books. And because I like being ridiculous, I've decided to up the goal to 40 books for this readathon. A lot of the books I have on my TBR for the month are on the short side (like the tagged) so this doesn't feel completely unreasonable!!

@PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Good luck! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper - Thank you!!! 8mo
guinsgirlreads Awesome! 😎 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚💚📚 1y
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️🎄❤️ 1y
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I have a long-standing sentimental connection to this book; I guess I always will. Carol Bird is born at Christmas as the church choir nearby sang carols; hence her name. While still young, she becomes ill and ultimately bedridden, but brings meaningful joy to everyone she meets. My 3rd grade teacher read this to us one December, a bit each day...
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Oh it's been forever since I read this one! I will have to find a copy. 2y
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks 🎄🎶❄️💕 2y
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Chrissyreadit
The Birds' Christmas Carol | Kate Douglas Wiggin
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Eggs
The Birds' Christmas Carol | Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
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Two of my favorite Christmas stories!! the one on the right I‘ve been reading and sharing for 60 years ❤️

#holidaybook

#hollyjollyreading

@OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Come-read-with-me @eggs Oh my goodness I had completely forgotten about The Bird‘s Christmas Carol. I remember reading it as a child and just loving it. Looks like I‘ll be digging through some boxes to find my copy! Thank you for bringing back a wonderful memory! 💖 3y
Eggs Awww me too Paula. We had a young, lovely teacher in 3rd grade who read this to us during December. I wonder if she ever knew what lovely memories this gave us that lasted our whole lives @Come-read-with-me 3y
OriginalCyn620 I‘ve never read it...will have to check it out! 3y
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Eggs It‘s a quick read @OriginalCyn620 ! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️💚📚 3y
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎶♥️🥰 3y
marleed The best Christmas pageant ever may be the best Christmas chapter book ever! 3y
Eggs @marleed Agreed!! The Herdmans!! 3y
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#birds #July Coldplay @Eggs
Quite possible couldn‘t get 2 more opposite books written over 100 years apart. 1894 & 2017

Eggs ❤️❤️❤️Birds Christmas Carol❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Eggs
The Birds' Christmas Carol | Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
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🎁 Christmas Eve!
🎄 Grinch
⛄️ Snow people ❄️
🍪 either one!!!! But the best part is the decorating
🏷 @LeahBergen @TheReadingMermaid @vkois88 @Elma @Lynnsoprano @Kshakal
Thanks for the tag @JenlovesJT47 ❤️❤️ #tuesdaytidbits #thisorthat

JenlovesJT47 💚❤️💚 4y
BeansPage Thank you for the tight sweetheart. You are wonderful 🤗😘 4y
Lynnsoprano Thanks so much for the tag! I have a bad habit of missing these 4y
LeahBergen 1. Christmas morning 2. Both! 3. Reindeer 4. Gingerbread! 😆😆 4y
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Chrissyreadit
The Birds' Christmas Carol | Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
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This is a play on words from a beloved childhood book though Why anyone thought this would be a lovely children‘s story is beyond me. So very sad. #birdsofparadise #winterwonderland

Cinfhen That does sound awfully depressing 😬 4y
TrishB I don‘t think my kids would have wanted as a bed time story! 4y
Chrissyreadit @Cinfhen @TrishB I think death was romanticized in that time? I guess even for children- but today I would only recommend it for a college class on death and dying. Im sure I ordered it from scholastic- and probably it was the cheapest book so I was allowed to 🤣 4y
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BarbaraJean
The Birds' Christmas Carol | Kate Douglas Wiggin
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Combining #redbooks and #jinglebells for a belated #SeasonsReadings post! I seem to have a disproportionally high number of red books on my “cool old books” shelves. These are just a few... with a couple of lovely Christmas books atop the pile!

vkois88 Such a beautiful photo!! 4y
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CAnne
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Thank you so much #TheKidUpstairs for the adorable bookmarks! All my favorite colors! I love the cute little magnetic ones too! My favorites are the bird one and the one with my name. #bookmarkswap

TheKidUpstairs I'm so glad you like them! 5y
Bookzombie So cute!! 5y
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Eggs
The Birds' Christmas Carol | Kate Douglas Wiggin
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#threeformegiveaway
@Tiffy_Reads
I love these little wood trees I picked up in northern Wisconsin. They're primitive but amusing

Tanzy13 🎄 5y
SandyW Lovely 5y
Pamwurtzler Very cute! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love these!!! 🎄 5y
Eggs Thank you all 😍😍😍😍 5y
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Ellen
The Birds' Christmas Carol | Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
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At a library book sale, I stumbled on this #Christmas story I remember reading as a child. #12daysofXmas #carol #seasonsreadings It's as saccharine as I remember it but definitely of its era in praise of Christian piety and putting the #joy of others first on Xmas. Fun fact: author self-published and sold to raise $$ for her San Francisco school in 1886, before going on to write the book she is best known for, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, in 1903.

Betty Thanks for reminding me of this 6y
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