Little Women

Little Women

eBook - 2014
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Based loosely on Louisa May Alcott's own upbringing, Little Women follows the lives of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Each girl has a vision of what their ideal future will bring, though ultimately experiencing, as most young do, something completely different. Little Women, originally written as two volumes, was a great commercial success and is considered one of the most widely read American novels.
Publisher: [United States] : Dreamscape Media, LLC, 2014.
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Sep 18, 2018

Little Women certainly deserves to be called a classic. As Louisa May Alcott tells the stories of this fictional family, of these four sisters growing up together, it seems so real. She based some of the stories off of her own life, and it shows. The writing is excellent, the narrative compelling, and the development of the characters realistic. The bonds between these sisters are explored, stretched, and redefined as they grow into young women and find their own ways through life. Each sister is different, and each of their journeys reflect it. From Meg's engagement to Jo's writing, from Beth's love of her family to Amy's art, each sister forges her own path, which is a powerful message to the women and girls of today.

Though some may say that this book is dated due to its portrayal of what a woman should be, I would argue that this book shows that the push for equality is older than what some people may think. Jo's own struggle for independence as a female writer in a male-dominated industry is proof that women have been fighting for themselves for many decades, dare I say centuries. The views portrayed by Marmee were very advanced for this time, and, though people might disagree with some of the more antiquated beliefs, the fact that she speaks up for women in her own day should be commended.

I would suggest this book to anybody, male or female. It shows us a world that few think of, and it does it in a believable, realistic way, dipping into the lives of four beautiful girls and allowing us to watch them as they shed their childhoods and grow into even more lovely women.

I really liked the book Little Women. It is about 4 girls that came back from the civil war when it was over, who were in love.

Nellie, Age 9

Jan 09, 2018

This should be on required reading list for all little girls. I have enjoyed this book since child hood and sought out copies to own. I own 2 that were published in early 1900s. The family bond of sisters, the pursuit to adulthood while fun reading it provides life lessons of morality in a setting easily applied.

Sep 17, 2017

Little Women is a great read because of its simplicity and the coming-of-age stories among four sisters in Civil War New England. Together, they face hardships, but also happiness. Not only does Little Women tell the story of four sisters, but also shares the moral lessons learned in life and the values centred upon family and love. Despite the fact, the March family suffer losses throughout the novel their devotion to each other is stronger than ever. The main character, Jo March who was based on the author Louisa May Alcott was a rebellious and outspoken tomboy with a passion for writing. Jo’s character comes across very strange for the nineteen century. I recommended this timeless masterpiece for all ages. 5/5 stars
- @janmorrow1225 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Little Women is my favourite classic book, and has proved to be a book to be read over and over by the years. When you first open the book, you are greeted by four sisters by the name of March, and you realize you are meeting some of the best young women in literature. Each of the girls is so different in their own retrospect and emotion, from beautiful young Meg to feisty Amy. The March girls live in poor circumstances, but not so little that they cannot fare. But alongside the help of friendly neighbours, their dear Marmee’s help, and each other’s support, the girls get along in their jolly old way. There is rosy and helpful Meg, the oldest of the sisters and the sweetest of the group, ready to help her Marmee and sisters in anyway; but she also has an eye for riches and beauty that generally progresses in a beautiful way along the book. There is headstrong, ‘tomboy’ Jo, who is independent and has a strong will to do the things she believes are right. Quiet and delicate Beth, who stays at home with Marmee and is the little mouse pianist of the family. Finally, spoiled Amy who puts on quite a many airs about herself but can get hurt inside her artistic little heart. Together these girls bring a story of love, family and the power of being united. Each progresses through a pilgrimage during their lifetime that warms your heart and makes you so attached to them; it is hard to read the final words of the book. Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 31, 2017

This book is surprisingly good, it has its slow points, but it is still pretty good. But, TeenReviewBoard, I don't you and I are reading the same book. The Little Women book I read, had four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Any.

PimaLib_Kids Mar 02, 2017

This is my favorite because it brings me back to the 1700s. ~Jasmyn, age 12

MirandaJo Feb 06, 2017

Josephine, or Jo, March is one of my favorite heroines of all the novels, movies, and plays I have read. She is near and dear to my heart because of how much I want to be like her. She is a strong, independent woman that has big dreams and big talent. The novel is a lovely story of four sisters interacting together, which is another reason I have a soft spot for this book. Please read it, and also watch the movie with Winona Ryder as Jo.

SaraLovesBooks Sep 07, 2016

I *love* this book. It has been one of my favorite books since childhood.

The four sisters are so different as they grow up, but there is a good chance you will be able to relate to at least one of them. It's not an exciting adventure book; it's a book about growing up.

I would highly recommend this book to others.

Jul 30, 2016

The reason I first read this book in the first place was because it was given to me as a gift. I probably never would have picked it up myself, but I am glad I did read it. It’s a nice little story about five sisters and their mother struggling to be happy while their father is away, and learning to be proper young women entering adult hood. Though there is no major action such as battles, or superpowers, they do have their little adventures as a family, and you can learn the importance of strong relationships with your family. Some parts of this book are a little hard to get into, but some others will keep you frantically turning page after page to see what happens. I think this was a good book, and I would recommend it to others.
- @Alicat15 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 20, 2016

Pros: Sweet and heartwarming. Traditional values; the March family learns and develops outstanding character. March sisters are independent and pursue their passions.

Cons: Perspective on what women can and should do is outdated and somewhat limiting.


Crushed that Jo and Teddy didn't get together, I ship it so hard.

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Dec 13, 2017

"I hate affected niminy-piminy chits!"

(regarding dressing up): ..."which was not exactly comfortable, but, dear me, let us be elegant or die"

Jul 12, 2016

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."

Apr 26, 2015

“I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.”

Let us be elegant or die!

"Please forgive me for being so cross. I came to make it up, and I can't go away till I have."

Jul 11, 2012

[Amy] enjoyed the delightful sense of power which comes when young girls first discover the new and lovely kingdom they are born to rule by virtue of beauty, youth, and womanhood.

Jul 11, 2012

[T]o be independent and earn the praise of those she loved were the dearest wishes of [Jo's] heart.

Jul 11, 2012

There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.


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Jun 23, 2016

this is a book called "little women" it has four sisters: Meg,Jo,Beth and Amy they all love each other but they are very poor but they keep helping each other even when times get rough with the help of their friend Laurie they have a lot of fun too.

a classic book


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