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Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ...
Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England.
Alcott's standard gets bumped up to a Penguin Deluxe, complete with illustrated front and back covers, French flaps, and ragged paper. Very nice. Next time you're ordering new copies of LW, get this one.
Gr 5 Up
Louisa May Alcott's 19th-century classic is the story of the March sisters-Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth-who live with their beloved Marmee, while their father is away serving as a chaplain during the Civil War. They must make many sacrifices during this time, but they learn that happiness is not dependent on riches, and trouble doesn't last forever. Rebecca Burns's homey, perfectly modulated voice easily moves from one character to another, and her narration for the male characters is credible. The CDs include tracking every three minutes. The companion ebook features automatic start-up, keyword searching, PDF printable format, table of contents, and index. A great choice for classes studying New England family life during the Civil War period-Kathy Miller, Baldwin Junior High School, Baldwin City, KS
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1. In the first two chapters, the girls use John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress as a model for their own journey to becoming "little women." What was Alcott trying to say by using such a strongly philosophical piece of literature as the girls' model?
2. What purpose does Beth's death serve? Was Alcott simply making a sentimental novel even more so, or was this a play on morality and philosophy? Do you think Beth was intended to be a Christ figure?
3. Consider the fact that Beth will never reach sexual maturity or marry. What do you think this says about the institution of marriage and, more important, about womanhood?
4. Consider Jo's writing: While we are treated to citations from "The Pickwick Portfolio" and the family's letters to one another, we are never presented with an excerpt from Jo's many literary works, though the text tells us they are quite successful. Why is this?
5. Do you find it surprising that once Laurie is rejected by Jo, he falls in love with Amy? Do you feel his characterization is complete and he is acting within the "norm" of the personality Alcott has created for him, or does Alcott simply dispose of him once our heroine rejects him?
6. Some critics argue that the characters are masochistic. Meg is the perfect little wife, Amy is the social gold digger, and Beth is the eternally loving and patient woman. Do you believe these characterizations are masochistic? If so, do you think Alcott could have characterized them any other way while maintaining the realism of the society she lived in? And if this is true, what of Jo's character?
7. The last two chapters find Jo setting aside her buddingliterary career to run a school with her husband. Why do you think Alcott made her strongest feminine figure sacrifice her own life plans for her husband's?
8. Alcott was a student of transcendentalism. How and where does this philosophy affect Alcott's writing, plot, and characterization?
9. Do you believe this is a feminine or a feminist piece of work?
Posted June 9, 2001
If you guys want a cool nbook this summer, go to your libary and pick this book up. Little Women is also probely on your summer reading list so youy can read a good book and finish your book reports.There are some confusing parts in this book, but overall its very good. YThis book takes place in the Civil War. After you finish this you should go and read the sequels too!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2001
This book is a must read, u won't want to put it down!!! it was a very Heart warming, lively, amazing, CLASSIC that will become the best book you have ever read!!! :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2001
Have you ever read a book that is so great that you can hardly put it down??? Well, I have the name of the book is ' Little Women'. It's such a good-old relaxing fairy-tale story. I thought it was a very good book, that it would teach any young girl, matters of life, things you should be thankful for and just good manners. The book starts as four young sisters all growing up, becoming young women, how they learn the values, and the meaning of life. There are four main characters, Meg the oldest, Joe the middle, and the second oldest, Beth the other middle child, and Amy the youngest. There is also Mrs. March the girls mother and Mr. March, their father. Laurie, the neighbor and his Grandfather whom he lives with. The last main character in the book is Aunt March, the girls rich aunt. Little Women is a very good story, I would recommended this book for any girl of any age!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2001
Posted December 30, 2000
I was unable to put this book down! Louisa May Alcott sure knows how to express herself in the most vivid ways. Her unforgettable characters are sure to bring you joy, tears, and many other high emotions. This book does not contain any 'trash' and it is definitely worthwhile.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2000
Posted September 10, 2000
All 108 pages of this boring book was nothing but blah blah blah. There was not one thing interesting about this. If you are looking for a good book to read, here's a hint...NOT THIS ONE!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2000
The novel little women brings you back to what it was like during the civil war. The 4 girls struggle against their lonliness, poorness and having their father away fighting at war, only having the comfort of their mother and fathers letters. The girls do not go to school but make friends with a boy from accross the road that does not have many other friends either. One of the girls get skarlet feaver and the house was sad again. This book catches the heart of people who read this classic; LITTLE WOMENWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2000
The March girls,Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are poor. Their father is at war and they have to work for money. Meg is a governess, Jo works for her Aunt, Beth stays at home doing housework and Amy goes to school. This story is about their struggles and acomplishments,their losses and their gains. During their ordeals,they meet Laurie the boy from next door. He is nice and helps them through their struggles. Even though they're poor they're still happy deep down. Then Beth gets sick and their almost perfect world is shattered. The usually happy home is now sad and miserable. The their father comes home and Beth gets better and their home is full of joy again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2000
i read this book in one weekend the advanced class for english was reading it and im not in that class but i picked up a copy one day a read the 1 chapeter and then i went and bought it and read it and i loved it i couldnt put it downWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 29, 2000
I read this book few months ago and really liked it. All I can say about this book is this that it is a great one and teaches us lots of good things that can be usuful and followed in our lives. Plus, it has everything in it- romance, adventures,etc. Some parts of the story were so interesting that I just couldn't take my eyes of the book. My favourite characters are ofcourse Jo and Laurie.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2000
I read this book when I was seven and I really enjoyed it. It taught me that I was really lucky to not be in a time of war and poverty. It also was very interesting when the March sisters went through their adventures. I recomend this book for all girls out there in the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2000
This book is a very long book that will keep you busy. I did enjoy most of the book but in parts it was just really dull and the author used very big vocabulary so I don't think this is good for all ages like some of other reviewers said. This book did just not keep my interest. I have read tons of books, and this does not rate high on my list. However, if you like to read long books and literature then read it. I do not totally hate this book, there were parts in the story that I just could not put the book down, but all that unnecessary detail is another thing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2000
Besides the Bible, I think that this is my favorite book. I have read it probably 20 million times and each time I love it even more. Anyone who likes to read should read this book. I really like to read and 1/3 of the time I read this book over and over. It is really good because we can all imagine being in that situation. It is so real and lifelike. The characters make mistakes like all of us, they fall in love, they get mad and sad and cry. I LOVE this book. I cry when I read it because when I get to the part where Beth dies, it is just so sad. And then when Laurie and Amy fall in love, it is so SWEET! I could read this book forever and never get tired of it. Words cannot describe how good this book is!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2000
I read the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Their are four girls and a mother and father. Their father is in the war. Meg is the oldest, the sensible one. Next is Jo, who is funny. Beth is the shy, dreamy one, and Amy is the pretty one and quite artistic. Lots of sorrow and happiness is in this story. This book is a great book to read and enjoy. This story has become one of the most popular books ever written about four girls growing up together and having a father in the war and become ill. Follow Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they share some eveents of their lives: Meg's first dance, Amy's school punishment, the return of their father from the war, Jo,s diary is burned, Beth's tragic illness and more events to come in this wonderful book filled with laughter and sadness. Hope you enjoy this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2000