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Grades 4 - 8Grades 7 - 12n/a7.9183833

Four sisters live with their mother, facing Christmas without their father as the American Civil War is underway. The family is settled in a new neighborhood, living in genteel poverty after the father lost their money. Meg and Jo March, the elder sisters, both work outside the home for money to support the family. Meg teaches four children in a nearby family, while Jo aids her grand-aunt March, a wealthy widow whose strength is failing. Beth helps with housework, and Amy attends school. Their nearest neighbor is a wealthy man whose orphaned grandson lives with him. The sisters introduce themselves to the handsome shy boy, Laurie, who is the age of Jo. Meg is the beautiful sister; Jo is the tomboy; Beth is the musician; and Amy is the charming artist with blond curls. Jo is impulsive and quick to anger. One of her challenges in growing up is to control acting out of anger, a challenge that also faced her mother, Marmee. Marmee advises Jo on speaking with forethought. The boy Laurie enjoys his neighbors, joining the family often in play and home theatrics written by Jo. His grandfather, Mr. Laurence, is charmed by Beth, and gives her the piano used by Laurie’s dead sister.

Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0681992824
ISBN-13: 9780681992825
85 Book Reviews
  • techfashion0315
    techfashion0315about 2 months55 stars
    One book. Five very different girls. One loving family. This book has been described by some as heartfelt, sweet, classic, and heartwarming but that is just the beginning of this marvelous book. this story follows the life of five sisters growing up during the Civil War. With their father gone over seas to help with the war, the March sisters, along with their mother whom they affectionately call Marmee, must make do with their lives without him. All five girls have very different personalities; adventurous and headstrong Jo, gentle and shy Beth, beautiful and elegant Meg, and spoiled and narcissistic Amy. Through the years as the girls grow up, they learn more about themselves and life. Although their lives are not easy, all the March girls confide in each other and their loving family. The author, Louisa May Alcott, displays the perfect family; one that is solely focused on each other and being there their loved ones to get through the hard times. This book beautifully demonstrates the importance of family, love, and joy. A reader could benefit from this book because the constant reminder of family. Many good life lessons are told honestly in this book, and that would greatly profit the person who reads this unforgettable story. This book follows the life of five girls growing up during the Civil War. Although personally affected by the war, the March girls remain strong and hopeful. Everything about this book is hopeful and heartwarming; I would definitely suggest this book. Happy reading!
    • x_goddess_x
      x_goddess_xover 1 year44 stars
      Great book! It's about a tale of sisters, figuring out things that step in their path. It's a great book to read!
      • mauiham24
        mauiham24almost 2 years55 stars
        I like the book Timothee Chalamet is in the movie
        • Bookworm over 2 years
          I just finished this book and I loved it and can’t wait to read a nother book of hers. I liked jo the best but all of the other sisters too.
          • emmacookie976
            emmacookie976over 2 years55 stars
            It is very good so far, I love It! One of my favs already!!!!!
            • horseridinggirl
              horseridinggirlover 2 years55 stars
              Little Women shows the fun, drama, and fear that the March sisters went through almost daily. Reading the book, you almost feel like you are experiencing the dramatic events with the family.
              • funtimes123
                funtimes123over 2 years
                I am not done reading this book yet but I have read about half so far. I love books that take place a long time ago and this book does it is about 4 girls and what there life is like. I reccomend this book for someone who likes reading things anout the war and old timey things.
                • fluffykitty10
                  fluffykitty10over 2 years55 stars
                  I thought this book would be hard to understand and not the most exciting but once I started it I really enjoyed reading it. The characters in particular really added to the book and gave it character.
                  • Gryffindorslothover 2 years
                    Brilliant! I haven't read it all yet, but it really does keep you interested. A great book, one of my favourites.
                    • bibliophile13
                      bibliophile13over 2 years55 stars
                      This book is probably one of my all time favorites. It is emotive, jocular, sometimes doleful, and kind of addictive. The description is so precise and the characters are so authentic, reading it is almost like watching a movie (Even better if I do say so myself). The story is consistent and doesn't bore you. I would definitely recommend this worthy book to anyone who loves an exciting drama! My only regret is the fact that I can't relive the experience of reading it for the first time with all of the shockers and surprises. But still, exceptional book!