Little Women

Little Women

Book - 2005
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The classic story of the four March sisters growing up during the American Civil War.
Publisher: Oxford, England : Macmillan Heinemann, 2005
ISBN: 9781405076203
Branch Call Number: LIT ALCO
Characteristics: 63 p. : ill. + 1 audio CD


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Nov 23, 2019

An American classic, not written, but still relevant for current time. I’m particularly fond of, in Part 1, at-home plays on stage drama, journal publishing, postal delivery... in contrast to and more healthy than modern kids’ social entertainment.
When all grew into Part 2, a bit tedious on Victorian conformity though, I wasn’t tired of sweet indulgent prose. Transcendental spirit on living and death lift religious block on my reading. The preaching is compassionate, conflicting, never made succumb and resign into an action of grief but joy.

Have not watched 90s film, looking forward to the new release by my favorite director and actors.

Oct 22, 2019

759 pgs

ArapahoeKate Aug 06, 2019

A teacher put this book in my hands at the age of 8, and I have had a lifelong relationship with it. Louisa May Alcott has taught me bravery, adventure, love and loss, feminism, imagination, among many other life lessons. Far ahead of their time, the March sisters weave a captivating story of embracing individuality and happiness, even when your environment tries to prohibit you.

Aug 02, 2019

I had a hard time to be hooked in the beginning until I came to the middle of the part when Jo met the boy at the party. Overall, it's not bad and I wish I could have the wisdom of Mrs. March to hold my tongue when I supposed to do.

Mar 27, 2019

This is a wonderful book, not without it's faults in some areas and it was certainly not written by me. But I think that it is a very pleasant way to learn about life's moral lessons through the avenue of these young characters lives. I also know that not everyone is going to have the same opinion on the story and would probably make their own critiques, but that is what I think is so different about reading; Reading is not only about reading a story for one's own entertainment and forming of personal opinion but also to find out the writer's opinion and his/her point of view, and why they wrote what they did, discovering a book's purpose is truly rewarding if it is the right sort I think!

Mar 16, 2019

A must read. It was difficult for me to get into at first as I am not used to classical literature, but the morals of this novel are so relevant even for today’s society. It was nice to see an all female led cast of characters in an empowering novel. I was disappointed in how Jo’s story ended (specifically with Teddy), but at least it was honest. Overall, great story, great lessons, and definitely a must-read-before-you-die book.

Feb 07, 2019

Little Women without a doubt is certainly a timeless piece in the book community. Louisa May Alcott tells the stories of this fictional family the March family, four sisters growing up together and it seems so real. I had read that she used some stories of her own life and incorporated it into her book, and it prominently shows really well might I add! Her writing style is excellent, the narrative is through and through, and the development of the characters is amazingly realistic. The bond between these sisters are explored is numerous ways as they grow into young women and find their own ways through life. Each sister is different, and each of their journeys reflects it, which I believe makes the book timeless in its own way! This book was such an amazing read and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good book about life, coming of age, and just being yourself. 5/5 Stars. @PocketFullOfBooks22 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Med, the eldest sister in the family, married for love and had two beautiful children. Even though she struggled with financial trouble, later on, she was pleased with the life she choose. Jo, the second eldest, wanted to pursue a career in writing, throughout her journey, she found love and became an author of her first book "little Women" explaining the story of her life with her sisters.
- Nikki, Age 13

Dec 28, 2018

This book was absolutely wonderful. I loved following the story of the March family and the four March sisters. Many lessons were taught throughout the book: self loathing vs. self esteem, how to be grateful for what you have, how to be a good friend, how to be a good mother, work vs. play, etc. I would recommend this book to any women. I will say it took me a long time to read and I usually read things pretty fast but it was a great story I will treasure.

Sep 18, 2018

Little Women certainly deserves to be called a classic. As Louisa May Alcott tells the stories of this fictional family, of these four sisters growing up together, it seems so real. She based some of the stories off of her own life, and it shows. The writing is excellent, the narrative compelling, and the development of the characters realistic. The bonds between these sisters are explored, stretched, and redefined as they grow into young women and find their own ways through life. Each sister is different, and each of their journeys reflect it. From Meg's engagement to Jo's writing, from Beth's love of her family to Amy's art, each sister forges her own path, which is a powerful message to the women and girls of today.

Though some may say that this book is dated due to its portrayal of what a woman should be, I would argue that this book shows that the push for equality is older than what some people may think. Jo's own struggle for independence as a female writer in a male-dominated industry is proof that women have been fighting for themselves for many decades, dare I say centuries. The views portrayed by Marmee were very advanced for this time, and, though people might disagree with some of the more antiquated beliefs, the fact that she speaks up for women in her own day should be commended.

I would suggest this book to anybody, male or female. It shows us a world that few think of, and it does it in a believable, realistic way, dipping into the lives of four beautiful girls and allowing us to watch them as they shed their childhoods and grow into even more lovely women.

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Jun 01, 2019

You're father, Jo.

Dec 13, 2017

"I hate affected niminy-piminy chits!"

(regarding dressing up): ..."which was not exactly comfortable, but, dear me, let us be elegant or die"

Jul 12, 2016

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."

Apr 26, 2015

“I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.”

Let us be elegant or die!

"Please forgive me for being so cross. I came to make it up, and I can't go away till I have."

Jul 11, 2012

[Amy] enjoyed the delightful sense of power which comes when young girls first discover the new and lovely kingdom they are born to rule by virtue of beauty, youth, and womanhood.

Jul 11, 2012

[T]o be independent and earn the praise of those she loved were the dearest wishes of [Jo's] heart.

Jul 11, 2012

There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.


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Jun 23, 2016

this is a book called "little women" it has four sisters: Meg,Jo,Beth and Amy they all love each other but they are very poor but they keep helping each other even when times get rough with the help of their friend Laurie they have a lot of fun too.

a classic book


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