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Kate Douglas Wiggin was born Sept. 28, 1856, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wiggin attended a district school in Philadelphia and for short periods the Gorham Female Seminary in Maine, the Morison Academy in Maryland, and the Abbott Academy in Massachusetts. In 1873 she moved with her family to California. In San Francisco, in 1877, after the death of her stepfather, Kate became involved in the "free kindergarten" movement after attending a kindergarten training class at the Pacific Model Training School for Kindergartners. She opened the first free kindergarten in California, Silver Street Free Kindergarten, and worked there until the late 1880's. Wiggin organized the first free kindergartens on the Pacific coast in 1878 and with her sister established a training school for kindergarten teachers. Kate wrote and privately published her first book, The Birds' Christmas Carol, in order to raise money for her school in San Francisco. The book helped Kate begin her career in publishing, translation, and travel. As part of her teaching career she wrote The Story of Patsy, published in 1883. The most popular among her many later works for children were The Birds¿ Christmas Carol published in 1887, Timothy¿s Quest published in 1890, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm published in 1903, and Mother Carey¿s Chickens published in 1911. Wiggin is best known for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm which was later made into a film starring Shirley Temple. Other works include The Diary of a Goose Girl, Rose O' the River, The Flag-Raising, The Old Peabody Pew, and books of the Penelope series, including Penelope's English Experiences, Penelope's Experiences in Scotland, Penelope's Irish Experiences, and Penelope's Postscripts. In 1904, Bowdoin College presented Wiggin with an honorary degree, only the second such degree the College had ever granted to a woman. Kate Wiggin died on August 24th, 1923 at Harrow, Middlesex, England. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 3,541 copies, 42 reviews
The Birds' Christmas Carol 795 copies, 21 reviews
The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales (Editor) 697 copies, 8 reviews
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm [abridged - Classic Starts] (Original story) 203 copies, 1 review
Mother Carey's Chickens 193 copies, 5 reviews
New Chronicles of Rebecca 173 copies, 1 review
The Romance of a Christmas Card 70 copies, 6 reviews
Penelope's Progress 63 copies, 2 reviews
Timothy's Quest 53 copies
Rose o' the River 43 copies, 1 review
The Fairy Ring (Editor) 42 copies
Penelope's Irish Experiences 40 copies, 1 review
Susanna and Sue 31 copies
The Diary of a Goose Girl 30 copies, 3 reviews
The Affair at the Inn 30 copies, 1 review
Penelope's English Experiences 29 copies, 2 reviews
The Story of Patsy 24 copies, 1 review
A Cathedral Courtship 19 copies, 1 review
Penelope's Postscripts 18 copies, 1 review
The Story Hour 16 copies
Golden Numbers 15 copies
Robinetta 11 copies
Homespun Tales 10 copies
Marm Lisa 9 copies
Froebel’s Gifts (Author) 6 copies, 2 reviews
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Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923) was a pioneer of the kindergarten movement in the United States in the nineteenth century. She helped to establish the Silver Street Kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878, the first free kindergarten in California. She also co-founded the California Kindergarten Training School for aspiring kindergarten teachers in 1880. In addition to kindergarten training and advocacy, Wiggin was a prolific author of books for children, including the well-known Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903) and Mother Carey's Chickens (1911). Wiggin also published a number of works on kindergarten theory and method as well as fiction for adults.
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