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The Bird's Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas…

The Bird's Christmas Carol (original 1887; edition 1990)

by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin

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This classic Christmas story by the author of REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM features a child as memorable and charitable as Dickens's Tiny Tim.Born on Christmas Day, Carol is the Bird family's special Christmas baby.As her tenth birthday approaches, declining health threatens young Carol's life.Her only wish, however, is to plan an unforgettable Christmas celebration for the poor Ruggles children next door.Few characters have embodied the spirit of Christmas more fully than Carol Bird in this bittersweet holiday classic, which generations of readers have cherished for more than a hundred years.… (more)
Title:The Bird's Christmas Carol
Authors:Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
Info:Greenhouse Publishing Company (1990), Hardcover, 69 pages
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The Birds' Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin (1887)


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A short children's novel from the late 19th century, The Birds' Christmas Carol tells the story of Carol Bird, a girl born on Christmas Day who is uncommonly sweet and kind. She is also ill, and by the time she is ten, she has been bed-ridden for years. Most of the book tells of her plans to hold a Christmas dinner party for all the children (nine of them) of the poor family next door and then of the party itself. In the end, Carol dies happy and peacefully after the dinner party has concluded and while listening to the choir at the church next door. I have vague recollections of having read this as a kid (I have a vivid memory of the cover of the yellow Apple paperback edition) and listened to it now mostly because I couldn't for anything remember whether Carol survived or not. Listening to it now, two things struck me: 1) it's properly funny in parts (especially Mrs. Ruggles getting her children ready to attend the party at the "big house") and 2) Carol, despite being the red-hot center of a morality tale for children, is genuinely sweet and pleasant rather than sickly treacly and creepily "too good." While her goodness is not quite believable, neither is it off-putting. I enjoyed the audio presentation, though I think the narrator's performance increases the twee factor--which the text itself is not free from, but which it manages not to drown in either. ( )
  lycomayflower | Dec 20, 2018 |
I was inspired by a wish to visit some classics, particularly ones available as free ebooks. I loved this one. Sweet, pretty and apt. Despite the book being christian, I did not find it alienating. Highly descriptive whilst being lovely generally. I recommend this happily. ( )
  lydiasbooks | Jan 17, 2018 |
The Birds’ Christmas Carol – Kate Douglas Wiggins
3 stars

I satisfied my curiosity about this book with a free kindle download. It is a 19th century Hallmark Christmas special, and has nothing whatever to do with actual birds. Carol Bird (so called because she was born on Christmas Day) is a bed-ridden dying child with a saintly, generous nature. As her life is clearly ending, her one wish is to provide a lavish Christmas celebration for the poor Irish immigrant family that she is able to observe from her window. The story is dripping with sweetness, but I enjoyed the humorous descriptions of the Irish children. While it might be heavy handed in its message, there’s no denying the heartwarming ‘ better to give than to receive’ ending.

I was more interested in the author, Kate Douglas Wiggins, than I was in this story. She is better known as the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Wiggins was a resident of San Francisco and became involved with the “free Kindergarten” movement of the time. She opened the first free kindergarten in California. This book was published to help finance the venture.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Listening to a variety of narrators read The Bird's Christmas Carol was a lovely way to spend a cold and rainy Christmas morning. For many, Christmas is all about family, friendship, feasting and fellowship; this poignant story included all of those aspects - and more. ( )
  idajo | May 8, 2016 |
The Birds' Christmas Carol by Wiggin_ Kate Douglas Smith
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). ( )
  jbarr5 | Jan 22, 2016 |
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To the Three Dearest Children in the World: Bertha, Lucy, and Horatio
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It was very early Christmas morning, and in the stillness of the dawn, with soft snow falling on the housetops, a little child was born in the Bird household.
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Carol Bird's Christmas (Original title: The Birds' Christmas Carol)
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