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Little Women (original 1868; edition 2010)

by Louisa May Alcott

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Title:Little Women
Authors:Louisa May Alcott
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2010), Paperback, 358 pages
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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

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Honestly one of the only classics that I enjoy - it was touching and painfully real. ( )
  CatherineHsu | Jun 8, 2016 |
this was the first book i ever *owned* ... a christmas gift from the S'pore Cricket Club. So, it's special. ( )
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
A classic from my childhood.
Well written and compelling. The importance of the bonds of family, friendships and relationships are themes that are still as relevant today as when Alcott first wrote her story. ( )
1 vote Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
I liked this book for several reasons. First, as a historical fiction novel, the main idea of the story is to give insight into what it was like growing up during the Civil War and does so through the author’s experience. The story is loosely based off of the author and her sisters, allowing the reader to understand what the time period was like and how families might have lived. In the novel, four sisters grow up in a less than wealthy family as their father is away due to the war. Details, such as having to wear threadbare coats, gives the reader a clear image of the families financial status and even begins to paint a picture of what each character looked like based on what they wore. I also liked how the story covers more than a year of the sisters’ lives unlike most books I have read that only cover a short period of time. This aids in understanding the time period as well because we see the characters grow through several years and experience what they are experiencing throughout the era. Second, I like this book because the vocabulary is not challenging yet uses new words that young readers can easily figure out based on context clues. For example, “We make fun for ourselves, and our a pretty jolly set,” the word jolly may be unfamiliar to the reader but because it is paired with the word “fun” it can be inferred that jolly means happy or excited since that is how people feel while having fun. ( )
  kkamin5 | Apr 12, 2016 |
read the book, saw the film(s), as a young person
  frahealee | Apr 3, 2016 |
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Louisa May Alcottprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
AlmineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergvall, SonjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burns, RebeccaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cauti, CamilleIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Danziger, PaulaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elberts, G.W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eyre, JustineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, ShirleyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jambor, LouisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
May Lamberton Beckersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merlington, LauralNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merrill, Frank T.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pitz, Henry C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Jessie WillcoxIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sumpter, RachellCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tasha TudorIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Stockum, HildaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vielhomme-Callais, PauletteTranslatorsecondary 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.
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...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)
Between Meg and Marmee:

"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.
This is the original Little Women that does NOT include the sequel Good Wives. Please do not combine editions of Little Women that contain the sequel.
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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Four different sisters
learn to overcome their faults.
They learn about love. (marcusbrutus)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451529308, Mass Market Paperback)

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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