An Old-Fashioned Girl

An Old-Fashioned Girl

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by Louisa May Alcott

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In this simplified version of the Alcott novel, Polly's friendship with the wealthy Shaws of Boston helps them to build a new life and teaches her the truth about the relationship between happiness and riches. Includes gold-tone charm.  See more details below


In this simplified version of the Alcott novel, Polly's friendship with the wealthy Shaws of Boston helps them to build a new life and teaches her the truth about the relationship between happiness and riches. Includes gold-tone charm.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
When twelve-year-old Polly leaves her country home to visit her friend Fanny and her family in the city, she enjoys some of the new experiences but is uncomfortable with the more worldly values of her city friends. By the end of the visit and at a later visit eight years later, Polly learns how to be true to her values and even how to use them to help her friends. Although written over a hundred years ago, this novel could still by enjoyed by young adult fans of Louisa May Alcott, and by nostalgic adults. There is one unfortunate, derogatory reference to African American music near the beginning of the book. 1997 (orig.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Puffin Classics Series
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Abridged Edition
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Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Louisa May Alcott (1832 -1888) was an American novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Little Women was set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, and published in 1868. This novel is loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters. Alcott's literary success arrived with the publication by the Roberts Brothers of the first part of Little Women: or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Part two, or Part Second, also known as Good Wives, followed the March sisters into adulthood and their respective marriages. Little Men detailed Jo's life at the Plumfield School that she founded with her husband Professor Bhaer at the conclusion of Part Two of Little Women. Jo's Boys completed the "March Family Saga". In Little Women, Alcott based her heroine "Jo" on herself. But whereas Jo marries at the end of the story, Alcott remained single throughout her life. In her later life, Alcott became an advocate for women's suffrage and was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts, in a school board election. Alcott, along with Elizabeth Stoddard, Rebecca Harding Davis, Anne Moncure Crane, and others, were part of a group of female authors during the Gilded Age who addressed women's issues in a modern and candid manner. Alcott, who continued to write until her death, suffered chronic health problems in her later years. Alcott died of a stroke in Boston, on March 6, 1888, at age 55, two days after visiting her father's deathbed. Her last words were "Is it not meningitis?"

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An Old-Fashioned Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 90 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not simply about a girl of the 19th century not fitting in with the upper class society. It is a story of one who chooses a higher path. It is a story about us today those of us who chose to live with the true values that withstand time--the values rooted in God and maintained by faith. There were no 'good old days'. No matter when in history a person lived, he or she was going against the grain if they chose wholesome faith over riotous living. Modern times only give people a new way to manifest the principle of living above the foolishness of the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. If more books had the moral like this than the world would be better. Louisa May Alcott is my favorite author and has been since the 2 grade
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a lovely book!! I like the little bit of romance, but the characters are what makes this story enjoyable. They're so lifelike, and think exactly the way real people think, not like some other books where people are constantly good or happy, etc. I especially liked the Shaw's grandmother, because she was nice to Polly and because she was so wise. This isn't my MOST favorite Louisa book, but definitely A favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book first when I was a young girl. For some reason it has always been special to me. Every now and then when I'm cleaning or re-organizing I'll find in on the shelf, sit down and read it again. At age 51 it's just as special and beautiful as it was years ago!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was completely worth getting. I wish there were more books like this. It was a classic tale of young girl standing up for what she believes that was beautifully written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book after reading Little Women, another graet Alcott classic. But An Old Fashioned Girl is my all time favorite! Very sweet,but not to sugary, like Little Women can be sometimes and I liked the touch of romance. Just perfect. The other graet thing about this book is that all the carcaters are very'real'. None are to sweet, to mean or to clever. Beautiful story. Perfect ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that lots of people could benefit from reading this book. It has a very good moral about being wealthy. I liked it a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book.I first read 'Little Women' and loved that.So I tried this book and loved it also.The romance between Polly and Tom is so wonderful!I encourage everyone to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for those who like love stories but do not want to be reading ones that are unreal and are not true. It also reminds you that it does not matter that you wear skirts when every one else is wearing pants . Its good to be old fashioned sometimes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl from the country going to live with her fashionable city friends for a while. While she's there she tries to keep her old-fashioned lifestyle, knowing that fashionable isn't always best. This book has a touch of many things in it including comedy, romance, and lessons in good morals. I give it a 5 star rating because it kept me entertained and wanting to read more, it made me think, and it had nothing bad in it (which is a problem with many books.) I recomend thos book to adults and kids alike of all ages. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really love the story- almost couldn't put it down. The only bad thing is the terrible spelling and misprints; they must've done it on purpose cause I don't see how anyone could be so ridiculous. But the story is very heartwarming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great story. A must read. I will read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An Old Fashioned Girl has always been one of my favorite books and though i havent yet read this copy of it, thestory is worth your time. A young common girl is intrduced to the "high society" life of her cousins and is forced to decide if she will allow the scandal comforts and intruiges of that life to change her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very true story up to this day
Elinor_D_Ferrars More than 1 year ago
An Old Fashioned Girl is an uplifting little story, that puts virtue and purity in a most agreeable light, unlike so many modern novels. I have read it several times, and each time, I enjoy it as much as the first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finally got this book from the library after a lot of waiting. That night I stayed up till 1 am because I couldn't put the book down. The moral was very impotant and the romance added spice to the book. I've read it 3 times and is definitely my absolute favorite (Beleive me I've read alot) So for any girl from 10 to 100 this is a MUST !!!!!!
BlueDurham More than 1 year ago
It's not "Little Women" but it has the same simple feel-good story. For me, it's a reminder of my youth when I read all the books my mother could remember reading. Definitely a book for girls -- and perhaps for grandmas to read to the children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written book that was truly enjoyable! More books today should be this well written with such good character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bookwas so amazing, so gripping, so extraordinary to read!! It was also writen by one of the best authors ever - besides JKR... I was so sad when it ended but now Im wondering: why do you keep reading my stupid review? You should be reading this book!!!! :) thanks for reading! Btw....this book is for all ages...incase you were wondering
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is soooo good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's Louisa May Alcott what's bad about it? You will laugh a lot and be right with them at moments. Overall great book. A must read for anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it. It is amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definetly a must read from Alcott's collection! Simple but very to the heart and sweet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favotites from childhood...a great read.
victoria wiseman More than 1 year ago
The scan to digital was too distracting with various and sundry characters out of place or in the wrong place.