Little Women was the first great story about family life written for children and remains one of the best. Set in New England, during the War Between the States, it is the story of four daughters in one family. It’s a story full of laughter and tears, teaching us to cherish our home life.
About the Author
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the Boston-Concord area of Massachusetts. She received most of her early education from her father, Bronson Alcott, a renowned educator and writer, as well as from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, who were family friends. In 1868 she became editor of the children’s magazine Merry’s Museum and published the first volume of Little Women, a novel about four young sisters growing up in a small New England town during the Civil War. Little Women was one of the first American novels to become a classic in children’s literature. It remains one of the best-loved books for girls.
Review from a Reader
I read Little Women for the first time about three years back and loved it. It is a book every young girl should read, but it would delight even the older ones.
Good Wives I picked up this summer and though I have not put out enough time to read it, I made my mind to do so now and I finish this double edition.
Louisa May Alcott’s writing is enchanting, poetic and so very beautiful that it lulls you right into the story and sets your heart to tender thoughts and feelings.
And the characters are more than lovable. Grown-up Meg, strong-willed Jo, tender Beth and artistic Amy, but also kind Mr and Mrs March, happy Laurie, caring Mr. Laurence and sharp-tongued old Aunt March. And Daisy and Demi are just two jewels who made me laugh and coo at the same time.
The only thing I did not like was that Jo didn’t end up with Laurie. Though I understand where the author was coming from by making Jo feel as if he wasn’t grown-up enough to stand by her, I had a feeling they’d end up together ever since they met in Little Women. I lamented that they did not, but enjoyed the twists with Amy and Professor Bhaer.
The death of loving Beth made my eyes tear up, as did the poem Jo wrote in the second to last chapter. The ending was simply beautiful and I closed this classic with a mind and heart full of gentleness.” — Aldi, a Reader