Daily Archives for: September 10th, 2017

Kate Douglas Wiggin: Quotes on Love and Happiness

Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856 – 1923) had a love for children, education, and story-telling. Best known for the sunny and positive Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903), her first novel, it was followed by other popular books replete with the sentimentality that appealed to the reading public of that time. 

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm became a stage play as well as a much-altered film starring Shirley TempleMother Carey’s Chickens became a well-received play as well as a 1933 film starring Anne Shirley (the eponymous actress who starred as Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery in one of its several film adaptations).  Read More→

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A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle (1980)

A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle (1980) is the fourth book in the series about the fictional the Austin family. It followed Meet the Austins, The Moon by Night, and The Young Unicorns. It’s the story of Vicky Austin, who discovers an ability to communicate with dolphins while at the same time struggling with the illness and death of a beloved grandfather.

In 2002, The Disney Channel presented an adaptation of the novel, but it was considered less successful, as it avoided some of the serious themes that L’Engle explored.

A review of the film by Laura Fries in Variety stated that “Writers Marita Giovanni and Bruce Graham take the poignant and thought-provoking notions of life and death found in the Madeline L’Engle teen novel and turn it into Gidget meets Flipper drivel…” Read More→

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