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Mother Carey’s Chickens

Mother Carey’s Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggins
By: (1856-1923)

I recently finished reading Mother Carey’s Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin and I must say, it was an absolute delight. The story follows the Carey family as they navigate the challenges of life in a small coastal village in Maine. The characters are vibrant and endearing, each with their own unique personality that adds depth to the narrative.

What I found most striking about the book was its sense of nostalgia and longing for a simpler time. Wiggin's vivid descriptions of the coastal landscape and the quaint village life transported me back in time, making me feel as though I was right there alongside the Careys.

One of the highlights of the book for me was the strong bond between the siblings, particularly the relationship between the eldest daughter, Nancy, and her younger siblings. Their unwavering love and support for each other through ups and downs added a heartwarming touch to the story.

Overall, Mother Carey’s Chickens is a charming and heartwarming tale that explores the importance of family, love, and resilience. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a beautifully written and captivating story that will tug at your heartstrings.

Book Description:
“When Captain Carey went on his long journey into the unknown and uncharted land, the rest of the Careys tried in vain for a few months to be still a family, and did not succeed at all. They clung as closely to one another as ever they could, but there was always a gap in the circle where father had been….. The only thing to do was to remember father's pride and justify it, to recall his care for mother and take his place so far as might be; the only thing for all, as the months went on, was to be what mother called the three Bs -- brave, bright, and busy."

From the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, this book tells the story of a widow and her four children, forced to leave their home due to financial difficulties, and move to the “Yellow House” in turn of the century Beulah, Maine. The Disney movie “Summer Magic” starring Hayley Mills was loosely based on this book.


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