Little Women by Lucia MonfriedIn a specially adapted version for young readers by Lucia Monfried
Little Women is the lively and warm story of the MArch sisters...Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. They share their secrets and dreams, and help each other be strong when beloved Mother must leave to nurse Father, who is wounded in the Civil War. The passing years bring more adventures and romance—the first wedding, a broken heart, a trip to Europe—and the girls are young women. This book shows vividly the joys of growing up in a loving family.
Cover illustration by Al Leiner.
-from the back cover
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.
Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg's joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo's struggle to become a writer, Beth's tragedy, and Amy's artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott's childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers. From the Paperback edition.
The classic coming of age story of four sisters, brought to life in a new book-plus-audio edition. Each girl struggles with a personality trait - Meg is vain; Jo, short-tempered; Beth, shy; and Amy, self-centered. As the girls try to make the best of life while their father is away at war, through their creativity and love for one another, they are able to enjoy the good moments and endure the hard times. Join the girls on their heartfelt journey to becoming better sisters and better friends. The included audio contains a dramatic reading-with music and sound effects-that match the text, word for word, so children of all ages and reading levels can read along.
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Louisa May Alcott's classic tale follows the lives of the four March sisters. Beautiful Meg, tomboyish Jo, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy may not have a lot of money while their father is off fighting in the Civil War, but the have each other and their friends. Follow the powerful story of love and friendship in the Calico Illustrated Classics adaptation of Alcott's Little Women. At MidAmerica Books, we have been providing free book previews to schools and libraries across the United States for 20 years. American Express MasterCard Visa. Sign In Register. MidAmerica Books.
Used Books in Class. Little Women was my first book relationship. My copy came to me one Christmas, and I spent most of my pre-teenage years rereading the novel, casting myself in the role of Jo, and waiting for Mr. Bhaer to find me and kiss me under the umbrella in the rain. Louisa May Alcott wooed me with her dialogue and strong characterization.