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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women (1868)

by Louisa May Alcott

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Many know the story line to this book. Many have watched the movie based upon this book (I know I have several times). The movies I have watched stayed very true to the book. This is my first time reading the story. It is a story of a family who endure hardships and joy, and through it all their love for each other grows stronger and stronger.

The March family consists of father, mother and 4 "little women". Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy get along very well as 4 sisters, even though at times they have their little "spats". The mother is a very wise and endearing person who knows when to speak and give counsel and when to let go and let her girls learn through experience. All 4 girls will grow up and all will have different desires and paths their life will lead them to. But through it all I enjoyed the strong bond and love they always have for each other. It was an uplifting story for me. ( )
  judyg54 | Mar 16, 2015 |
This story follows four sisters, who were once rich until their father lost all of his money. The girls must learn to live poorly and must be creative when it comes to new toys, dresses, and their lifestyle. THis would be a good book to read allowed to a group interested.
  harleybrenton | Mar 12, 2015 |
This is the story of the March Family. After their father goes off to the Civil War they live in an old house in a small New England town, and learn to love and take care of each other. They are very poor, and make their own entertainment, while trying to be good girls and help their mother.
  RachelHollingsworth | Feb 27, 2015 |
Like many girls, Little Women was an influential book on me when I was a young reader. We all have a favorite character with whom we identify, and of course, it is almost always Jo. Recently dipping into the novel, I was unfavorably reminded of its sentimentality. I am not sure how this book would fare with me as an adult reader, so I shall leave it alone unless my son might want to read it with me, and rely on my fond memories instead. ( )
  sturlington | Feb 18, 2015 |
Little Women
A Book Review By Marcella Leonard-Jackson
Sit up straight, elbows off the table, close your mouth, fix your hair, fluff your dress! I don’t think so, not for these four little women. Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy are four sisters who lived in the UK during “World War II.” Meg is 16 the oldest and prettiest March sister. Jo is really the main character, she is 15, very driven, a literature lover, and a hot head. Beth is 13, very shy, kind, quiet, and is the most musical of the March sisters. Amy is 12 the youngest, self centered, and is the most artistic of the March sisters. These girls are about to face the most difficult times in their lives when their dad is away in the war. Their mother will have to mold them into womanhood along with the help of their father’s letters, Laurie Laurence, Mr.Brooks, and a helpless, poor family. Laurie is a wealthy boy, who lives next door to the girls, is about the age of Jo, and is introduced to the story when Jo and he meet at a party. Jo spends the most time with Laurie although the whole March family is very fond of him.
The foreshadowing of Jo and Laurie falling in love was a great way to get you interested in the book. The book mainly focuses on the girls learning to work on their bad traits. Early in the book Meg learns to always cherish what you have instead of always wanting to have what others have. When Meg attends a party at her friend’s house she is dolled up by her friend and hears whispers at the party that she looks like a doll. She later on regrets her decision of going for them and not for herself. Jo and Amy learn a lesson, as well when they are angry with each other. When Jo won’t let Amy go to a party Amy burns one of her most prized possessions. Jo scorns Amy and refuses to talk to her ever again. But Amy follows her onto the frozen lake and falls in. She got out safely and Jo realized that she should squash it. Beth is also faced with an obstacle when she helps the poor family, she becomes very ill with scarlet fever. Mr.March is also very ill, so Mrs.March will have to leave her girls to tend to him.
I feel that the best lesson was given at the end when it was known that Meg had feelings for Mr.Brooks, Laurie’s personal teacher. Aunt March, the girls wealthy aunt informs Meg that “Anyone who marries for love is stupid!” That Meg needs to marry someone with money, and if she disobeys her wishes Meg will not get a cent of her money.
What will happen, who will Meg choose? Do Laurie and Jo end up together? Does Beth, and Mr.March get better? Will the March family survive? Louisa Alcott is an awesome author, who based little women off of her own encounters in life growing up. I completely loved the book, and I recommend this book to middle school girls who are trying to figure out how to become an amazing, strong, savvy woman.
  Leonard24 | Feb 4, 2015 |
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Louisa May Alcottprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
AlmineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burns, RebeccaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Danziger, PaulaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elberts, G.W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, ShirleyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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May Lamberton Beckersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merlington, LauralNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merrill, Frank T.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Go then, my little Book, and show all that entertain, and bid thee welcome shall, what thou dost keep close shut up in thy breast; and wish that thou dost show them may be blest to them for good, may make them choose to be pilgrims better, by far, than thee or me.
Tell them of Mercy; she is one who early hath her pilgrimage begun. Yea, let young damsels learn of her to prize the world which is to come, and so be wise; for little tripping maids may follow God along the ways which saintly feet have trod. - adapted from John Bunyan
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“Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
...for love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride. (p75)
You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty. (p82)
Learn to know and value the praise which is worth having, and to excite the admiration of excellent people, by being modest as well as pretty. (p110)
Money is a needful and precious thing, - and, when well used, a noble thing, - but I never want you to think it is the first and only prize to strive for. (p111)
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"He's away all day, and at night when I want to see him, he is continually going over to the Scotts'. It isn't fair that I should have the hardest work, and never any amusement. Men are very selfish, even the best of them."
"So are women. Don't blame John till you see where you are wrong yourself." (Chapter 38, Gutenberg.org edition)
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This is the main work for Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Please do not combine with any adaptation, abridgement, omnibus containing additional works, etc.
ISBN 1613823444 is a Simon and Brown edition of Little Women.
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This is a heart-warming story about the four lively March sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. It tells of their adventures and struggles while growing up in the 19th century civil war era. This is a story of love, heart-ache, triumph and family. Although the four girls have very different personalities, they help each other grow as they experience life's challenges.
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In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.

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Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England.

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