Louisa May Alcott
Little Women is another of our family favorites – everyone loved this book, including our robust boy. There were several years in a row where at least once we would read it again – always with pleasure, as though meeting an old friend.
Largely based on the author’s own childhood, it is a timeless tale of the four young March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy – who grow to maturity in their mother’s tender but strong and loving care (father was a physician serving in the Civil War).
Literary-minded tomboy Jo develops a fast friendship with the boy next door, and pretty Meg, the eldest, finds romance; frail and affectionate Beth fills the house with music, and little Amy, the youngest, seeks beauty with all the longing of an artist’s soul. Although poor in material wealth, the family is rich in love, friendship and imagination. No wonder they have captured the hearts of readers for many generations.
Grade 5 and up.