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Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

Eight Cousins (1875)

by Louisa May Alcott

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    Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott (HollyMS)
    HollyMS: Rose in Bloom is the sequel to Eight Cousins.
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    They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth (SylviaC)
    SylviaC: similar situation of an orphan girl being raised in a family of boys
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    Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott (HollyMS)

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This is only the second Louisa May Alcott book I've read, but I enjoyed it quite a bit more than Little Women. I definitely want to read the sequel. ( )
  shadrachanki | Jun 8, 2018 |
This is a pretty tale from Alcott, author of the classic Little Women. When held in comparison to this better-known classic, there lacks the same characterization and overall arc to the story, instead consisting of several small stories that only connect to one another in that they take place in the year after the main character, Rose, comes under her Uncle's care after being rendered an orphaned heiress. That said, the book is simple, pretty, and highly moral, as Alcott is want to write. The little characterization that accompanies the seven boy cousins attributes to the sense of chaos they bring with them wherever they swarm, though each of the aunts has their own clear character, it is told rather than shown. If one is looking for a little moral tale, simply written and easily read by any age, this is a good one. There is no sex, no violence, and no swearing. I recommend this for an elementary level reader. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
Rose is orphaned. Her legal guardian is her Uncle Alec. She moves to the "Aunt Hill," the home of six aunts and seven cousins, all of whom are male. Her color is pale, but Uncle Alec prescribes sunshine and play. She must also learn to eat oatmeal and not drink coffee, among other changes. The book was pretty progressive for its time. Even though today's children will not relate to much of what takes place, it can still be enjoyed within its historical context. Alcott did a remarkable job with characterization. This is one reason the novel stands the test of time. ( )
  thornton37814 | Feb 14, 2017 |
Delightful! ( )
  LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |
Eight Cousins or The Aunt Hill by Louisa May Alcott; (4*);

Loved it! This is a wonderful story about a young girl overcoming depression, fighting against loneliness and the social restrictions of the era. A kind, forward-thinking uncle takes Rose under his wing after the death of her parents. Despite protesting the strange and shocking lifestyle changes she's asked to make she finds that her life is changing and she is becoming a healthy and happy person. She is the sole female child in the family amid seven rowdy boy cousins.
Rose befriends a household servant, ignoring class lines so prevalent at the time. As she allows others to help her grow and learn, the people around her are affected by her changes, her inner beauty and are also changed.
This is a wonderful read for anyone, but especially youngsters, who might be struggling with self image or sadness issues. Alcott writes so wonderfully. ( )
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Louisa May Alcottprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aiken, JoanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burd, Clara M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Falls, C BIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hess, Erwin L.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ives, RuthIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maitland, SaraIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Price, Hattie LongstreetIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richards, Harriet RooseveltIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the many boys and girls whose letters it has been impossible to answer, this book is dedicated as a peace offering by their friend L.M. Alcott
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Rose sat all alone in the big best parlor, with her little handkerchief laid ready to catch the first tear, for she was thinking of her troubles, and a shower was expected.
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When orphaned Rose Campbell first meets her seven exuberant boy cousins she is overwhelmed. But her guardian, bachelor Uncle Alec, plans to turn this pale and sickly creature into a healthy, happy young woman. A formidable tribe of aunts watches closely as Alec puts into practice his unconventional ideas for the education of their niece. Gradually, through his guidance, and the multifarious scrapes she gets into with her cousins, Rose acquires courage, generosity and independence. Here, Louisa May Alcott gives a fascinating account of Victorian notions of girlhood, criticising much that she saw as silly and repressive. And, with her narrative zest and lively characterisation, creates a spirited portrait of her heroine's development.
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After the death of her father, orphan Rose Campbell has no choice but to go and live at the 'Aunt Hill' with her six aunts and seven boy cousins. For someone who was used to a girl's boarding school, it all seems pretty overwhelming, especially since her guardian Uncle Alec makes her eat healthy things like oatmeal, and even tries to get her to give up her pretty dresses for more drab, sensible clothes. Will Rose ever get used to her Uncle's strange ideas and all her noisy relatives? Will there come a day when she can't imagine living anywhere else?

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Orphaned Rose Campbell finds it difficult to fit in when she goes to live with her six aunts and seven mischievous boy cousins.

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