Vol. 12 No. 5 - Summer with Kate Douglas Wiggin

Vol. 12 No. 5 - Summer with Kate Douglas Wiggin

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71st issue of The Storybook Home Journal™. Made & Printed in the USA. Categories: Kate Douglas Wiggin, Magazine, Mother Careys Chickens, Nancy Young, New Chronicles of Rebecca & Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

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Vol. 12 No. 5 of The Storybook Home Journal

Summer with Kate Douglas Wiggin

What's in this issue?

The Dear Dwelling Of Our Hearts the Decorating article

Lessons on interior design from Kate Douglas Wiggin's infectious sense of beauty and delight.

The Birch-Bark Vases the Hearth article

Instructions for recreating the birch vases described in "Mother Carey's Chickens" and Kate's autobiography.

True Simplicity the Kitchen article

Recipes to invoke the honest, farm folk feel of dishes from Kate's novels from "Summertime Corn Cakes" to "Beulah Gingerbread Trifle."

Will You Dance? the Music article

Kate’s bewitching description of Nancy Carey dancing The Tempest “like a flower borne by the breeze” inspired us to learn, and share, more about this New England specialty.

Intermediate piano sheet music arrangment of "The Tempest," a traditional American jig.

Miss Sawyer's Pride the Garden article

The who, what, where, and why of raising sumptous summer hollyhocks.

The Dear Old Ladder the Workshop article

Build a charm-laden ladder inspired by the one described in "New Chronicles of Rebecca."

State O' Maine Girl the Bookshelf article

A Kate Douglas Wiggin biography based on her siter Nora's reminisences as well as her own; plus, a melding of Kate's two "Rebecca" books to be read as one.

At Finial House In Williamsburg the Writer's Garret article

When Seymore and Bryhta eventually arrive at The College in Williamsburg, a lamplighter escorts them to the chambers of Mrs. Whippit, caretaker of the student warrens at Barracks Row in the Brafferton.  Exclaiming upon the rashness of the couple's arrival in the Capitol only a few weeks before the beginning of school and without any reservations for apartments, Mrs. Whippit offers the abashed couple scant hope of finding a place to live.  "That," wrote Seymore, "Is how Mother and I came to be standing in the growing lamplight of a late summer evening before the timber door of Foly's home at Finial House."

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Goodbye summer! Back to school

By Nancy Young
Kate Douglas Wiggin and her sister, Nora Archibald Smith, have been our companions all summer long.  While reading Kate's autobiography, My Garden of Memory and Nora's biography Kate Douglas Wiggin As Her Sister Knew Her, our home has been filled with dinner-table stories of Kate's early sallies into the Kindergarten movement, community theater at Quillcote's Barn, or her chance meeting with Charles Dickens on a New England train.  We've quoted their quips and read long sections aloud to any passerby—quite as besotted with Kate and Nora as they were with Dickens... Read more »

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By Al R. Young The Summer with Kate Douglas Wiggin issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios.  This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - The Dear Dwelling Of Our Hearts (4 pages)Hearth - The Birch-Bark Vases (2 pages)Kitchen - True Simplicity (4 pages)Music - Will You Dance? (1 page)Garden - Miss Sawyer's Pride (3 pages)Workshops - The Dear Old Ladder (2 pages)Bookshelf - State O' Maine Girl (4 pages)Garret - At Finial House In Williamsburg (2 pages)Summer with Kate Douglas Wiggin is the 77th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »

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Mother Carey's Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin

By Al R. Young Reviewed by Nancy Young

Kate Douglas Wiggins' Mother Carey's Chickens may not be as widely read as some of Wiggin's other favorites, such as Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and The Bird's Christmas Carol, but Mother Carey's Chickens is arguably her most delightful book.
Wiggin draws on concepts in Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies (published in 1863), in which old beasts are turned to new, and in which stormy petrels (i.e., chickens) rescue good birds and show them the way home... Read more »

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Dougle Wiggin

By Al R. Young Reviewed by Nancy Young

Just as Kate Douglas Wiggin's life was full of compassion and creativity, so is the life of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. This charming and delightful novel introduces the reader to seven-year-old Rebecca Rowena Randall and follows her journey through childhood and adolescene.
At the outset, Rebecca goes to help her Aunt Miranda at the Brick House, even though Rebecca's older sister was actually the sister Miranda wanted. Despite the circumstances, even cold-hearted and efficient Aunt Miranda begins to see that Rebecca, though more prone to daydreaming and reading than cooking and cleaning, is just as wonderful... Read more »

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