An Old-Fashioned Girl

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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.

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.

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Overview

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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606117005
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: REISSUE

Meet the Author

Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Her father was a transcendentalist and teacher, who was acquainted with Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Margaret Fuller among others.
Louisa had three sisters, and her experiences with them, formed the basis for the plot of Little Women. Her father was a perfectionist and an extremely strict parent, which often led to conflict. In 1840, the family moved to Concord, Massachusetts, but continued to live in poverty, forcing Louisa to work to support the family as a seamstress, maid and finally writer.
As she grew older, Louisa became an anti-slavery advocate and a member of the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War, she served as a nurse in Washington, D. C. Writing under the pseudonym A. M. Barnard, her novels began to make money. Finally, she wrote Little Women and its two sequels which cemented her fame, all of them, based upon her own life.
Alcott remained single her entire life, openly stating her love for women, and being an advocate for women's issues. During her life, she suffered from vertigo, typhoid fever, mercury poisoning and possibly lupus. She died from a stroke on March 6, 1888, at the age of 55, in Boston, two days after her father. She is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, on "Author's Ridge," with Emerson, Thoreau and Hawthorne.
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2008

    True to this day, despite the time difference!

    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.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2001

    OLD FASHION GIRL IS GREAT from an 8th grader

    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

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2006

    What a great book!!

    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.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2001

    A Timeless Book

    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!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Great book!

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2004

    My Favorite

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2001

    Lots of People could benefit

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2000

    A Wonderful Book!

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Old fashioned is best

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Love it

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Love, love, love

    Such a great story. A must read. I will read again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Loved it! Had a bit of everything.

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Spectacular

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Very true story up to this day

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Scan to digital

    The scan to digital was too distracting with various and sundry characters out of place or in the wrong place.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2011

    AH IT OK BUT------------

    Twards the ennd there are s???????? many mispelled words and sometimes the words are numbers!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

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    A Charming Novel

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2001

    The Best ever Book

    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 !!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Fairly good

    Alot of t

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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