Kate Douglas Wiggin - book author
Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
Kate Douglas Wiggin, nee Smith (1856-1923) was an American children's author and educator. She was born in Philadelphia, and was of Welsh descent. She started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878 (the "Silver Street Free Kindergarten"). With her sister in the 1880s she also established a training school for kindergarten teachers. Her best known books are The Story of Pasty (1883), The Birds' Christmas Carol (1887), Polly Oliver's Problem (1893), A Cathedral Courtship (1893), The Village Watchtoer (1896), Marm Lisa (1897) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903).
Kate Douglas Wiggin is the author of books: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Birds' Christmas Carol, The Arabian Nights: Their Best Known Tales, Mother Carey's Chickens, Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know, The Romance of a Christmas Card, New Chronicles of Rebecca, A Cathedral Courtship, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Old Peabody Pew: A Christmas Romance of a Country Church
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.