The Bird's Christmas Carol

It was very early Christmas morning and in the stillness of the dawn, with the soft snow falling on the housetops, a little child was born in the Bird household They had intended to name the haby Lucy, if it wrere a girl but they had not expected her on Christmas morning, and a real Christmas baby was not to be lightly named the whole family agreed in that.
The Bird s Christmas Carol It was very early Christmas morning and in the stillness of the dawn with the soft snow falling on the housetops a little child was born in the Bird household They had intended to name the haby Lucy

  • Title: The Bird's Christmas Carol
  • Author: Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • ISBN: 9781594623974
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Bird's Christmas Carol”

    1. They had intended to name the baby Lucy, if it were a girl; but they hadn't expected her on Christmas morning, and a real Christmas baby was not to be lightly named -- the whole family agreed in that.They were consulting about it in the nursery. Mr. Bird said that he had assisted in naming the three boys, and that he should leave this matter entirely to Mrs. Bird. Uncle Jack said that the first girl should always be named for her mother, no matter how hideous the name happened to be.Surprisingly [...]

    2. This brings back a treasured memory for me. One Christmas Eve when I could not get to sleep I wandered into another room to find my older sister and mom wrapping Christmas presents. My mom pulled out this book, The Bird's Christmas Carol and we spent the next two hours listening to her read this bittersweet tale. By four a.m. all three of us had dissolved into tears. This book does remind me of a Dickens novel although it does not have any evil characters as is typical of his books. It is utterl [...]

    3. I have truly and with some major personal effort now twice tried to appreciate (and even enjoy) Kate Douglas Wiggin's 1886 novel The Birds' Christmas Carol (and have always been more than well aware of even before starting my reads what kind of fiction the book is considered to represent). However, and the above having been said, the entire concept of the "ministering angel" (the bedridden girl who although an invalid makes life beautiful, sweet and fulfilling for friends and neighbours before d [...]

    4. My new favorite Christmas story!! Truly, I'd recommend it to all ages. The story is simple, created for children, but it's one of those tales that any age could be warmed by the morals upheld."It was very early Christmas morning, and in the stillness of the dawn, with the soft snow falling on the house-tops, a little child was born in the Bird household."Carol Bird is a Christmas child. She grows up, even sickly and bedridden, always honoring Christ on His birthday first, even though it is her b [...]

    5. I found an older book with several classic Christmas stories that included “The Bird’s Christmas Carol” by Kate Douglas Wiggins, so I did a little research on the story. This story was first introduced by Wiggins in 1887 and became very popular during the first part of a 20th Century. It was used in elementary schools to teach children to help and sacrifice for others especially during the Christmas season. I decided that this should be one of the Christmas stories that I read this year.Th [...]

    6. I'm embarrassed to admit that I keep reading this silly, sweet, sentimental book. Also that I cry over it every damn time. It is a very nice book.Like many authors of her time, Wiggin makes good use of that familiar trope, Victorian Too Good To Live Syndrome, so useful for reforming the wicked and reuniting the lost. In this case, of course, there are no really wicked people, only some ordinarily naughty little boys and some grownups who need to pay more attention to the poor; no lost people, on [...]

    7. This is one of my favorite books. I can still remember Mrs Lane standing in front of the class at Slauson and reading it so us as eighth graders. She started to cry and handed the book to Sally Gingles to finish the oral reading. As I remember it the girls cried and the boys rolled their eyes. I was amazed that the toughest teacher at Slauson was so sentimental. By choosing this book, like Mrs Lane, I have ripped off my cynical veil and revealed myself as a schmalzy sentimental weeping old lady. [...]

    8. I didn't like this any better than I did when I first read it as a youngster. (view spoiler)[The Bird's Christmas Carol is one of those moral tales about a saintly child who contracts an unspecified Victorian disease and dies at the end of the story after morally uplifting the lives of everyone around them. I've always liked Victorian Kid Lit, but this one didn't do a thing for me despite its moments of humor. I reread it because I'd recently read Mother Carey's Chickens by the same author, a bo [...]

    9. Way too sweet and heavy-handed with the lesson-teaching. Although, perhaps if I'd read it to myself instead of audiobooking it through a free app on my phone, I would have enjoyed it better. 2015 Reading Challenge Category: Read a book set during Christmas

    10. Typical Victorian "girl dies young and virtuous" story. Get out the box of Kleenex. I loved it!

    11. I love this book and I read it every Christmas. My aunt read it to me as a child. I bet I have given out 50 or more copies of this book. Read it this Christmas

    12. Kate Douglas Wiggin wrote Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm along with many other book, this little book one of them. A wonderful story of a little girl, Carol, born on Christmas day. I loved it.

    13. Sappy? Yes! Melodramatic? Absolutely! Predicatable? Sure, but the better for it. Sometimes it takes a sweet, little book to remind us what is special and dear about the Holiday season. I enjoyed this book, it made me cry and made me appreciate what I have to be thankful for. I'd like to be remembered as a "Christmas Carol!"

    14. This was a very "nice" book. A little too moralistic for me as an adult, but I bet I would have liked it as a kid. Nice sentiment, but the heroine is just to saccharine for me. I think I liked to think (as a little girl) that I would be this kind, generous creature, but I also really looked up to Pippi Longstocking and other trouble-making heroines, so who knows :)

    15. This book means Christmas to me. It will always be linked with my favorite memories of my mother.One thing not mentioned in the other reviews is the beautiful pictures.I think this book may be what made such a reader out of me.

    16. The story of a little girl born on Christmas. She's an angel and confine to her bed. There's not a lot here, it's well written, but you can see the ending coming a mile before it is there and it's over sentimental (which normally I like for Christmas stories).

    17. Good for a REALLY quick book club read. But not a whole lot to talk about, just a feel good Christmas story.

    18. This is a sweet Christmas story, written in 1887, that I got for free on . It can be read in a couple of hours. It would also be a good Christmas story to read to children.

    19. A 19th century Christmas tale complete with a terminally ill child with a heart of gold, and a good helping of mockery of the poor. Read itfor the holiday atmosphere and the eye-rolls.

    20. This is the second time we've read this aloud as a family at Christmas, what a little treasure of a book!

    21. As a child I would have loved this sweet little Christmas story.As an adult I found the whole thing too sugary and goody-goody.

    22. One of my favorite favorites. I got it from Aunt Susan many years ago, and I probably still read it every other Christmas.

    23. Sometimes I'm terribly disappointed when I re-read childhood favorites. Thankfully, I was still as delighted with The Birds' Christmas Carol as I was when I was 8-years-old. This is the bittersweet story of the 11th Christmas of Miss Carol Bird, an invalid with a heart of gold. She decides to forego Christmas gifts from her family to make another family's Christmas the best ever. The Ruggleses in the Rear, all nine of them, enjoy an extra-festive Christmas courtesy of Carol. My favorite scene is [...]

    24. A classic Christmas tale that has been a traditional read in my family for generations. You can't beat the Ruggles' children for their joy of life or their mother for her McGrillness! It is a story that begins and ends at Christmas, the most joyous time of the year. Obviously, I highly recommend it, but I can never get through it without crying.

    25. A sweet read in the style of Little Women. 11-year-old Carol a Bird was born to a wealthy family on Christmas Day. Of very poor health, she is virtually bedridden but of the sweetest nature. She decides that Christmas is for giving and gives a dinner for the children of the large family in who live in the alley.

    26. It's okay book.The Bird's Christmas Carol basically good version of The Christmas Carol were sick invalid rich girl helps makes the poor and her family life a good one.

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