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

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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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434494474
Publisher:
Wildside Press
Publication date:
11/05/2007
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range:
9 - 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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