Christmas seems to offer few joys to the four daughters of the March household. With their army chaplain father away at the Civil War, times are hard for Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, and for Marmee, the self-sacrificing matriarch of the New England family. A letter from their absent father exhorts the girls to work hard and be dutiful, so that "I may be ...
Christmas seems to offer few joys to the four daughters of the March household. With their army chaplain father away at the Civil War, times are hard for Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, and for Marmee, the self-sacrificing matriarch of the New England family. A letter from their absent father exhorts the girls to work hard and be dutiful, so that "I may be fonder and prouder than ever of my little women". Jo, a coltish aspiring writer, rises to meet that expectation, as do pretty, vain Meg; affected, selfish Amy; and shy, sweet-natured Beth. The road to maturity is full of simple pleasures, and womanhood brings romance, but the family also has to face many trials and crises along the way. Louisa May Alcott drew heavily on her own experience for this powerful domestic drama and moving coming-of-age story, whose homespun charm and core family values made it a cultural landmark in America, and enduringly popular in all corners of the globe.
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I love reading this book around the holidays. My mom got me hooked on the movie as a child but the book is even better!
Apr 15, 2011
A super deal
This waas a super deal, a very nice volume for my collection...
Aug 8, 2008
This book is sweet, but perhaps a trifle unrealistic. Except for a few incidents, the sisters seem to get along perfectly with one another, and for that matter, with their mother, who they almost never argue or find fault with, elevating her to what appears to be a somewhat god-like status in the house. Coming from a house of four girls myself, I have to say that Alcott's potrayal of family life is overly simplistic and a bit annoying. It would be nice if everyone was as perfect in real life as they are in her little world, but that's just not the case. If sticky-sweet, gushy family scenes don't bug you, then you might enjoy this book.
Jun 25, 2008
A heartwarming account (loosely based on the author's life) of four sisters growing up absent a father during the Civil War era. Their strong-willed mother teaches them to be moral and kind, independent thinkers and advocates for women's rights. Mostly it is a story of family life, squabbles between sisters, the growth of the girls' characters as they approach womanhood and marriage and Jo's aspirations to be a writer. The characterization is wonderful, the morality lessons are tastefully presented and the tragedy and triumphs of this family has touched many hearts and made this book a classic.
Apr 4, 2008
It's a good read, but Alcott gets downright preachy about morals and so forth, rather than letting her characters make her points.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-11-30 To give readers a broader understanding of classic writers, books in this ongoing series include adaptations of several varied stories. In this case, a highly abridged version of Alcott's most famous work, Little Women, shares the volume with her lesser known tales of bizarre passion and revenge. The March sisters in Little Women enjoy play-acting melodramas, and the stories Jo March begins writing are over-the-top gothics; however, generations of readers have loved the novel for its picture of a warm, supportive family, and that's largely lost in this rushed condensation. Other stories focus on the consequences of frustrated isolation. A lonely girl gushes love for her pet fly. An aging operatic diva takes ghastly revenge on the rival who's supplanted her while also stealing her lover. And in what the atmospheric art by Arnold Arre makes the most impressive of all, in "Whisper in the Dark" a young heiress is locked away in an insane asylum so that her dastardly guardian can steal her fortune after she is driven mad. Despite uneven quality in scripts and art-contributors include Trina Robbins, Anne Timmons, Molly Crabapple, and Shary Flenniken-the collection succeeds in giving a wider view of Alcott's output. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2003-11-24 Inga Moore's illustrations lend a luminous air to the tale of Mole, Mr. Toad, Badger and Rat in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, abridged by Moore. She uses delicate pen-and-ink drawings and watercolor wash to convey framed images of cobblestone streets, spot illustrations of Badger's welcoming hearth and wide framed expanses of the countryside. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2003-03-17 Michael Hague illustrates three collections of time-proven tales. Originally published in 1910, Old Mother West Wind by Thornton W. Burgess introduces a group of enchanting woodland creatures, the Merry Little Breezes, Reddy Fox and Tommy Trout among them, to a new generation of readers. Michael Hague's Favorite Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales offers nine classic stories including The Snow Queen, Thumbelina and The Little Mermaid, all adapted by Jane Woodward. And lastly, Hague portrays the lush habitat of Toad, Mole, Rat and Badger in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. The handsomely designed oversize volumes present Hague's artwork in framed spreads and spot illustrations, just right for lap reading. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-11-04 A few literary staples get a new look this season, while others are adapted and retold. Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad return in Kenneth Grahame's turn-of-the-20th-century classic, The Wind in the Willows (1908), newly illustrated by Michael Foreman. The keepsake edition presents Grahame's unabridged text alongside illustrations of the picnic-bound Mole and Rat capsizing their boat into a watery blue-green world and carolers bringing Yuletide joy to Mole End. Back matter contains a brief biography of the author as well as reproductions of original letters that Grahame sent to his young son, containing the seeds of the story. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-07-29 Mary Jane Begin illustrates the classic story of Mole, Badger, Rat and Toad, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Each chapter opens with a vignette and includes a full-page painting of a dramatic moment in the proceedings. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1987-07-10 A summer becomes enchanted and unforgettable when Jeremy begins to tell stories about small beach creatures to his charge, a seven-year-old girl. Ages 8-12. (July)
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