Little women

Little women

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by Louisa May Alcott

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The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely…  See more details below


The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother."

The illustrations for this series were created by Scott McKowen, who,
with his wife Christina Poddubiuk, operates Punch & Judy Inc., a
company specializing in design and illustration for theater and
performing arts. Their projects often involve research into the visual
aspects of historical settings and characters. Christina is a theater set
and costume designer and contributed advice on the period clothing for
the illustrations.
Scott created these drawings in scratchboard an engraving medium
which evokes the look of popular art from the period of these stories.
Scratchboard is an illustration board with a specifically prepared
surface of hard white chalk. A thin layer of black ink is rolled over the
surface, and lines are drawn by hand with a sharp knife by scraping
through the ink layer to expose the white surface underneath. The
finished drawings are then scanned and the color is added digitally.
The beautiful Meg, artistic tomboy Jo, doomed Beth, and selfish Amy:
since the publication of Little Women in 1869, these four sisters have
become America’s most beloved literary siblings. Louisa May Alcott’s
rich and realistic portrait has inspired three movies and stirred the
emotions of countless young girls. Set in New England during the Civil
War, the novel follows the adventures of the March sisters as they
struggle to pursue their dreams.

Though very happy in the social atmosphere about her, and very busy with the daily work that earned her
bread and made it sweeter for the effort, Jo still found time for literary labors. The purpose which now took
possession of her was a natural one to a poor and ambitious girl, but the means she took to gain her end were
not the best. She saw that money conferred power, money and power, therefore, she resolved to have, not to
be used for herself alone, but for those whom she loved more than life. The dream of filling home with
comforts, giving Beth everything she wanted, from strawberries in winter to an organ in her bedroom, going
abroad herself, and always having more than enough, so that she might indulge in the luxury of charity, had
been for years Jo's most cherished castle in the air.
The prize-story experience had seemed to open a way which might, after long traveling and much uphill work,
lead to this delightful chateau en Espagne. But the novel disaster quenched her courage for a time, for public
opinion is a giant which has frightened stouter-hearted Jacks on bigger beanstalks than hers. Like that
immortal hero, she reposed awhile after the first attempt, which resulted in a tumble and the least lovely of the
giant's treasures, if I remember rightly. But the 'up again and take another' spirit was as strong in Jo as in Jack,
so she scrambled up on the shady side this time and got more booty, but nearly left behind her what was far
more precious than the moneybags.
She took to writing sensation stories, for in those dark ages, even all-perfect America read rubbish. She told
no one, but concocted a 'thrilling tale', and boldly carried it herself to Mr. Dashwood, editor of the Weekly
Volcano. She had never read Sartor Resartus, but she had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence
more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners. So she dressed herself in her
best, and trying to persuade herself that she was neither excited nor nervous, bravely climbed two pairs of
dark and dirty stairs to find herself in a disorderly room, a cloud of cigar smoke, and the presence of three
gentlemen, sitting with their heels rather higher than their hats, which articles of dress none of them took the
trouble to remove on her appearance. Somewhat daunted by this reception, Jo hesitated on the threshold,
murmuring in much embarrassment...
"Excuse me, I was looking for the Weekly Volcano office. I wished to see Mr. Dashwood."
Down went the highest pair of heels, up rose the smokiest gentleman, and carefully cherishing his cigar
between his fingers, he advanced with a nod and a countenance expressive of nothing but sleep. Feeling that
she must get through the matter somehow, Jo produced her manuscript and, blushing redder and redder with
each sentence, blundered out fragments of the little speech carefully prepared for the occasion.
"A friend of mine desired..

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Little Women (Collins Classics) 3.3 out of 5 based on 59 ratings. 45345 reviews.
Jgirl09 More than 1 year ago
The March family is forced to be with out their father during the war. The four sisters: Meg, the beautiful eldest, Jo, the tomboy author, Beth, the tender-hearted, and Amy, the romantic artist, face many timeless struggles that girls of all ages face. Their story only brings them closer and captures you in the process. In my opinion, the book Little Women is a classic book for many ages. I thought the book was interesting and I personally have read the book at least twice. The book has a timeless theme. It also has characters that relates to most. In conclusion, I would suggest you read it at least once. The March family reminds you that even in rough times you can get through it. Louisa May Alcott has created in my opinion a timeless book. This book will probably remain popular for many years. The book was interesting and great for girls especially, but don't let that stop you boys from reading it, too. I liked it so much I watched the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful classic and the format is fantastic. However it is a little known fact that Little Women was published in two separtate volumes, the first in 1868. This version is only part one of what has been traditionally recognized as Little Women since 1880. At the end of this story Beth is still alive! This is ridiculous. It is such a shame because my daughter loved reading this book but now needs to continue reading from another complete copy of Little Women. The publisher did the same thing with Heidi. In their version Clara never makes it up to Grandpa's and that should have tipped me off about Little Women.
readingissexy23 More than 1 year ago
I absolutley loved this book. It gave you everything you could ask for in a novel. Drama, thrill, compasion, love. The ups and downs in this book really kept me interested. I laughed and I cried. I know that sounds cheesy; but its true. This is definitely one of my favorite books and one to keep on my shelf in my collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was quite young when i first read this book, and till today no other book fascinates me like this one. When ever i'm frustrated or feeling low, this book helps me to regain my lost spirit..because it is the story of a family which faces the challenges of life, without letting go of faith in God, and their love for each other to come out triumphant.
Bookjunkie40 More than 1 year ago
Years ago, my aunt gave me this book as a gift. Of course then I didn't have my love for reading as I do now. Finally, I read it and loved it! I love everything about it, the story line, lessons, the characters, the way it was written. Granted I read this book years ago, I still remember the story line vividly. There is no question in my mind why this book is a classic. I will even go so far as to say the movie does it justice. this book is great for school, book clubs, rainy days, well actually any time. The story will suck you in and you wouldn't be able to put it down!
legallynik More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I finish and want to go back to page one and start reading all over again. Each of the March sisters is special and interesting in her own way, and even now my friends and I go back and forth about who is who among the sisters...Most of us want to be Jo, the headstrong, independent sister, who is the fictional version of the writer herself, Louisa May Alcott. Alcott wrote a couple sequels, and a serial about the Marches, but Little Women is the one that has endeared itself to so many...Although a work of fiction, Little Women has many biographical qualities...Louisa herself had three sisters: her elder sister, Anna is Meg in the book, Elizabeth is Elizabeth (Although I believe she was called Betty, not Beth), Abby May (usually just called May) is Amy...sadly, there was no real Laurie...But many of the situations that the sisters find them in were situations similar to those they really experienced--including the loss of Beth who never fully recovered from Scarlett Fever...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly the orginal was the best. Don't buy this one it's not the real Little Women
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book for years! I actually own it in print, but it was pre-loaded on my nook when I bought it, so that's just a plus! Wonderful, wonderful book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book four times and cried and laughed and gasped through the well done classic story i read every year since 3rd grade and adored it all times!!!!!!!!!!!!
GordonF More than 1 year ago
Little Women often includes the second book, Good Wives, as Part II of the same story. It's not, it's two different books in one. both are charming, sweet, sad, and quiet lessons in kindness. A true classic of literature. The characters are fit for any time period. Though the details may be in the 19th century, the attitudes are of women who are not simply subjective to society. Each character has their own traits, faults, and virtues.
RACHELLE Bertholf More than 1 year ago
This is a great read if 1,u like classic stories 2,fallowing the characters as they get older 3,the 1800s I highly recomend this book to women of all ages and i garenty that u will get something out of it (this book helped me have more pacience and control with my sister who has adhd)
teacherjess More than 1 year ago
Little Women is one of those books that can be read multiple times. Women and girls can relate to at least one of the personalities of these sisters or at least to the fighting between the sisters! A great novel that will be recommended to my girls when they are old enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An inspiring, epic novel that reminds us of the most valuable things in life: not money or station, but humiliy and love. A well-written and easy-to-read, classic that all young women should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loisa may alcott is the best auther of all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a teenager, i enjiyed this book. I love reading the classics and to me it is absolutly beautifully written. I laughed and cried and will definatly not leave book sitting on the shelf for too long.
ShadrachAnki More than 1 year ago
Little Women is a classic of American literature, and worth reading, even 150 years after its publication. However, readers do need to accept the fact that the pacing is a bit uneven and there are frequent narrative asides pointing out exactly "what we should learn from this anecdote," usually occurring just as the pace starts to pick up. Still, it's a good look at another time and place. The Barnes & Noble Classics ebook edition of Little Women is, for the most part, quite good. It comes with quite a bit of supplementary material in the form of a biography of the author; historical background of both when the book was written and the time period in which it was set; and approximately twenty pages of endnotes and footnotes, all hyper-linked within the book itself. I would have preferred to see the information about the author and her history placed at the end of the text rather than the beginning. Ditto with the introduction, which, like most such introductions, assumes the reader is already familiar with the text. The proofreading of the ebook text is...spotty. As far as I can tell it was typeset by scanning an existing print copy of the book, using OCR technology to render the text. On the whole, this works quite well, but there are a number of places where words are split oddly (e.g. "beg inning" instead of "beginning"), or specific letters were not translated correctly, leading to spelling errors (e.g. "tor" instead of "for").
sandra le pine More than 1 year ago
it was very heartwarming story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love classics like gone with the wind and promise of the wolves... but is this a love story?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beth does not die and Amy and Laurie does not get married!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a guy and thought this book was great. It is a classic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book everyone can read!Well not EVERYONE can read it,but anyone who can read should read it.Who would not liike this book? Most likely my 7 year old brother would not like thisbook(IF he could read.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book. I have and this book is awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read many classics....but this one is the best!! It truley is an outstanding book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started reading this book and i can not put it down!!!!!!! Such an amazing classic!!!!! A must read!!! ;-)