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Little Women

Little Women

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Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young women in mid-nineteenth-century New England.
"First published in two volumes by Roberts Brothers in 1868 and 1869"--Title page verso.
Publisher: New York : Sterling Pub., 2004
ISBN: 9781402714580
Call Number: F ALCOTT L
Characteristics: vii, 525 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: McKowen, Scott - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy

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Movie based on this book, nominated Best Picture; Lead Actress, Saoirse Ronan; Supporting Actress, Florence Pugh; Adapted Screenplay, Greta Gerwig; Costume Design (winner)

Richmond_TeenVolunteer Jan 24, 2019

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 beca... Read More »

Published in 1868, it's been adapted into cinema 6 times, TV 6, 2 Japanese anime, 1 Broadway musical, and 1 American opera. Get ready for a contemporary version this month.

Richmond_TeenVolunteer Mar 03, 2018

I really liked the book Little Women. It is about 4 girls that came back from the civil war when it was over, who were in love.

Nellie, Age 9

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May 15, 2021

Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" is a great book following four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and their adventures as they come of age and go through hardships and struggles and overcome them. It shows a brilliant display of family, all while having likable characters and a witty charm. I recommend this book to all ages, as it is a fun read for anyone, and will definitely be entertaining to fans of all genres. My personal favorite part of this book is how likable every character is, and its genuine nature. I rate this book a 4.5/5.

Apr 20, 2021

I thought that Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was a great read and I would definitely recommend it. It was easy to understand and full of mostly light and fluffy content, meaning it is a perfect book for nearly any age. The everyday struggles of the March sisters are remarkably relatable and a break from reality at the same time. The thing I found most interesting about the book was actually the ending. Although it is somewhat sad that the main character doesn’t end up finding romantic love with the character you expect, it’s almost more realistic. I also thought it was an interesting and unexpected statement about the time and Alcott’s thoughts on a girl's place in society. 4.5/5 stars
@StellarBooks of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Personally I’m a huge fan of period pieces as most novels that are written from the 1800s or later are usually interesting and fun to read but for me Little Women was a bit of a boring book. Don’t get me wrong it has it’s moments, and its moment are wonderful but overall I found the novel to be unsatisfactory. However I believe Little Women is considered to be in the collection of classic American literature so I recommend reading it if you are interested in familiarizing yourself with classic literature. I also recommend it if you want to read something to calm yourself down as it is wholesome and more or less a very timid novel. 1.5 stars
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 17, 2021

Louisa May Alcott’s book, Little Women, is a heartwarming book that follows the journey of four sisters-- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy-- into adulthood. Set during the Civil War, the family struggles financially with the father serving in war and their mother having to manage the home and the girls. Laurie, a lonely but rich boy who lives next door with his grandfather, soon becomes fast friends with the four sisters. The book is a coming-of-age story about how the sisters and Laurie mature through their various fights, learn many lessons, and eventually realize that they are blessed with what they have. I would recommend this book to elementary students all the way to adults. Even though this story has sad parts, it is also full of humor and is a family story that is enjoyable to read and very relatable. It is also a great book in human values highlighting the need for sharing and service despite poverty. Please read this book when you have time because it is extremely heartwarming!

Apr 13, 2021

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is by far, one of the most comforting classics I have ever read. Alcott's novel follows the familiar March family, sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, growing up in post-civil war America. The themes of women’s duty and personal growth, as well as rejection of gender stereotypes has allowed the book to turn hearts and grow famous in the world of literature for centuries. Josephine “Jo” March, our protagonist, is the fiery depiction of early feminism, rejecting the notions of housework, marrying rich, and the typical roles of women. With bigger dreams than that of sitting pretty or working for a man her entire life, Jo is an inspiration to all readers with those of high hopes and the passion to achieve more. I would absolutely recommend this book to others, in that not only is it a fantastic read, but it is one that is emotional, funny, comforting, and happy in all of its 759 pages. The book remains lighthearted in some aspects, while also mentioning tragic occurrences and important topics in America and for women at the time. Reading Little Women allows you to feel as if you are growing right alongside the March sisters, navigating high-society, work experience, ‘womanly duties’, and the power of love and friendship. Although a longer read, Alcott’s novel is absolutely deserving of 5/5 stars.
@readingmouse of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This story was very heartwarming. As readers dive into the chapters, we follow the paths of the March sisters as they journey from childhood to womanhood. I love the character Jo March simply because she has her rebellious moments and loves to write. It is almost as if Jo goes against the nineteenth-century society’s beliefs about how a woman should behave. I noticed that the sisters struggle between family duty and personal growth because they are trying to figure out who they are as an individual. Also, I liked the fact how the author mentioned gender stereotypes. I believe this book is perfect for ages 12 and up! @grumpykat of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Little women, by Louisa May Alcott, is an engaging tale of four sisters. The book is full of characters that you grow to love, heart-wrenching moments, and uplifting morals. I loved how I was able to connect to one of the sisters, which just goes to show how human and real Alcott developed her characters. It is unlike any book that I have read before, but I can see why it is a classic. The storyline was continuously entertaining and engaging, and I felt emotionally connected to all of the characters, which added to my overall enjoyment! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would definitely recommend it.
@PenelopeScriptor of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Little Women is a great read because of its simplicity and the coming-of-age stories among four sisters in Civil War New England. Together, they face hardships, but also happiness. Not only does Little Women tell the story of four sisters, but also shares the moral lessons learned in life and the values centred upon family and love. Despite the fact, the March family suffer losses throughout the novel their devotion to each other is stronger than ever. The main character, Jo March who was based on the author Louisa May Alcott was a rebellious and outspoken tomboy with a passion for writing. Jo’s character comes across very strange for the nineteen century. I recommended this timeless masterpiece for all ages. 5/5 stars
@janmorrow1225 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 10, 2021

SO sexist It's hard to believe this was written by a female. I just let the messages of self-sacrifice and servitude and domesticity fly over my head and enjoyed the wholesome childhood fun in the first part. The second part gets a lot more complicated, as romance becomes an issue. I like Jo the most out of the March sisters.

My mother introduced this book to me at a young age, and I loved the book and loved watching it turn into a movie as well. The four sisters are lovable characters with each possessing unique qualities in which young girls can relate to. One of my favorite parts about the book is watching the relationships develop, and Laurie was one of the best characters in my opinion.

InnisfilTeenReads Feb 16, 2021

"Little Women" follows the story of the March sisters and their journey into adulthood. The book covers themes such as love, heartbreak and the importance of family. When the girls branch out into their own lives, they begin to miss their childhood and how well they had it. Jo, the second oldest sister, dreams of being a writer. Meg, the oldest, grows up to be a mother, and struggles to accept the hardships. Beth, the third daughter, was a happy young girl who loves the piano. Finally, Amy, the youngest with the biggest temper, moved to France to learn how to paint. Their friend, Laurie, is the subject of MANY romantic escapades.

I would recommend this book for anyone! The book shows a strong importance in why young girls should be independent and follow THEIR own dreams. This classic has been read by many, and it wouldn't hurt to add another! If you like to cry, laugh and cheer for joy, the book is for you. There are also several movie adaptations that you can watch if you prefer visuals and sound, but the book is an amazing starting point.

Similar reads: "Anne of Green Gables" by Lucy Maude Montgomery, "Pride ad Prejudice" and "Emma" by Jane Austen

- Sybille

Feb 09, 2021

L. M. Alcott’s Little Women is a heartwarming classic tale of love, tragedy, and family. The March sisters are endearing characters who undergo trials that teach them valuable life lessons. The novel encapsulates the hardships of growing up and leaving behind childhood, and simultaneously emphasizes strong morals.

Jan 17, 2021

A classic of children's literature, and a must-read for any age!
It speaks to the author's talent that a tale firmly fixed in the Victorian Era is still highly readable today.

The only reason why I didn't give it a full five stars is because of the overly sentimental morality lessons that Alcott addresses directly to the young reader. When I was a girl reading old children's books from the shelf of my grandparents' house, those kind of paragraphs were done in red ink -- makes it easy to skip!

Dec 30, 2020

A very good classical book that is inspiring and teaches people how to be happy despite hard times. Beth, Amy, Jo, and Meg all are very poor but their mother teaches them that money doesn't buy happiness and they learn that lesson throughout the story.

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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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