The Wide,Wide World is a story about a little girl named Ellen Montgomery. When her mother becomes ill, Ellen is sent far away to live with her unkind aunt in the country. Ellen soon learns to love her new home and her new friends. Life is often very hard for her, but she comes to know that God will always love and take care of her - no matter what happens or where she is in the world.
This is truly a remarkable book. It's so beautifully written, it has such marvelous characters, and it teaches such wonderful truths. I love this book so much, I never wanted it to end (although it is a rather lengthy book - it's separated into two good size volumes!). I think anyone - young or old - would enjoy reading this book.
A bit of history about the book and author:
Susan Warner wrote this book way back in 1850 under the pseudonym Elizabeth Wetherell. After it was published it became a much-loved bestseller and is sometimes known as "America's first best-seller". Another interesting thing is that it's mentioned in many of my favorite books (that's what got me interested in it) like Little Women, Elsie's Girlhood (from the Elsie Dinsmore series), and What Katy Did.