Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
In this classic children's book, the optimistic and spirited Rebecca Rowena Randall is sent to live with her two strict and dour aunts in the fictional town of Riverboro, Maine. Though she is, according to her aunts, more like her shiftless father than her accomplished mother, Rebecca's joy of life, in the end, inspires them. Kate Douglas Wiggin's beloved classic was an immediate bestseller when it was first published in 1903. The author spent part of her childhood in rural Maine, where she sets the book. The enormously popular story was adapted for a Broadway play in 1907 and was made into several films, including a 1938 version starring Shirley Temple.