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By Kate Douglas Wiggin

Eleven-year-old Rebecca Randall is kind of a handful—and now she’s leaving her loved Sunnybrook Farm to reside together with her well-to-do aged aunts and get an schooling. yet they have been watching for Rebecca’s quiet, hard-working older sister in its place. Can the bright-eyed and talkative woman win them over…especially her strict, rule-bound Aunt Miranda? simply as Rebecca’s “grand spirit” charms every person within the tale, it's going to captivate readers, too.

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Such an concept had crossed her brain greater than as soon as prior to now fortnight, and it flashed back and forth this mellow October morning while Rebecca got here into the room along with her hands jam-packed with goldenrod and flaming autumn leaves. “Just a touch of the autumn kinds, mother,” she acknowledged, slipping the stem of a beautiful crimson and yellow sapling among the bed and the foot of the mattress. “This used to be leaning over the pool, and that i used to be afraid it might be useless if I left it there too lengthy taking a look at its appealing mirrored image, so I took it clear of chance; isn’t it great? How I want i may hold one to bad aunt Miranda to-day! There’s by no means a flower within the brick apartment while I’m away. ” It used to be a fabulous morning. The solar had climbed right into a international that held in remembrance just a succession of golden days and starlit nights. The air used to be aromatic with ripening fruit, and there has been a mad little fowl on a tree outdoor the door approximately bursting his throat with pleasure of residing. He had forgotten that summer season was once over, that wintry weather needs to ever come; and who might give some thought to chilly winds, naked boughs, or frozen streams on one of these day? A painted moth got here in on the open window and settled at the tuft of marvelous leaves. Aurelia heard the chicken and seemed from the wonderful thing about the gleaming bush to her tall, superb daughter, status like younger Spring with golden Autumn in her palms. Then abruptly she lined her eyes and cried, “I can’t endure it! right here I lie chained to this mattress, interfering with every little thing you need to do. It’s all wasted! All my saving and doing with no; your whole challenging examine; all Mirandy’s outlay; every little thing that we proposal was once going to be the making of you! ” “Mother, mom, don’t speak so, don’t imagine so! ” exclaimed Rebecca, sitting down impetuously at the ground by way of the mattress and losing the goldenrod by means of her aspect. “Why, mom, I’m just a little prior seventeen! This individual in a red calico apron with flour on her nostril is barely the beginnings of me! Do you consider the younger tree that John transplanted? We had a dry summer time and a chilly wintry weather and it didn’t develop a piece, nor express something of all we did for it; then there has been an exceptional 12 months and it made up for misplaced time. this is often simply my little ‘rooting season,’ mom, yet don’t cross and think my day is over, since it hasn’t all started! The outdated maple by way of the good that’s in its hundredth 12 months had new leaves this summer time, so there has to be wish for me at seventeen! ” “You can positioned a courageous face on it,” sobbed Aurelia, “but you can’t lie to me. You’ve misplaced your home; you’ll by no means see your pals right here, and you’re not anything yet a drudge! ” “I seem like a drudge,” acknowledged Rebecca mysteriously, with giggling eyes, “but i actually am a princess; you mustn’t inform, yet this is often just a hide; I put on it for purposes of kingdom. The king and queen who're at the moment occupying my throne are very outdated and tottering, and are going to abdicate almost immediately in my prefer. It’s quite a small state, i guess, as kingdoms cross, so there isn’t a lot fight for it in royal circles, and also you mustn’t count on to work out a golden throne set with jewels.

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