Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mother Carey's Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Carey and her children pack up and move to the Yellow House in Beulah, a country village.

There is an old Hayley Mills movie called Summer Magic that is based on this book.  I love that movie and have been meaning to read the book it was based on for a while now.  This was a very sweet book.  I can see the similarities between the movie and the book and, while it is not faithful, the movie manages to capture the tone of the book though it gets rid of the language thankfully.  Because the flowery language is the hardest part of the book and I found myself skipping over bits of it.

Nancy is the eldest, spunkiest daughter (Hayley Mills played her) and I really liked her.  She was funny and spirited and charming.  There are 3 more Carey children, Gilbert the oldest boy, Kathleen the youngest girl and Peter the youngest and the smallest boy.  Together they all rally around their mother after their father's death and help to support her and do their best with lot that life has handed them, especially since they don't have a lot of money.  But they get the Yellow House and it makes for a fine life for them.  It really is a charming little book and very sweet.

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  1. I like that ther's a movie for this book. I think I will watch the movie and afterwards decide if I want to read it. Sorry to hear you skipped bits of it. ;)

  2. I have to check this out because I'm a huge Summer Magic fan! :) Great post.

    Also, can I recommend a novel for you? Check out my new novel Looks Like Love. I'd love to know what you think!

  3. @Nina - I only skipped the flowery bits and some of the poems. It was cute. And Summer Mzgic is adorable.

    @Juju and @brandyreneebruce - Thanks for stopping by!


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