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In 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 hear/>Little In 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


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In 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 hear/>Little In 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

30 review for Little Women (Great Illustrated Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    melita

    this was probably my favorite book until I read To Kill A Mockingbird...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Perkins

    I read this yesterday in an attempt to learn about 19th century speech for my own book. It didn't help much. ;) But I'm still glad I read it. Considering some of the heavy events that happen within the novel, it's actually a surprisingly light read. You won't find an exciting, riveting conflict in this novel, rather, you're treated to smaller events woven throughout a sweet coming of age tale. (view spoiler)[ A beloved character dies, but somehow Louise Al I read this yesterday in an attempt to learn about 19th century speech for my own book. It didn't help much. ;) But I'm still glad I read it. Considering some of the heavy events that happen within the novel, it's actually a surprisingly light read. You won't find an exciting, riveting conflict in this novel, rather, you're treated to smaller events woven throughout a sweet coming of age tale. (view spoiler)[ A beloved character dies, but somehow Louise Alcott treats the subject matter in such a way where it's not overly depressing for the reader. (hide spoiler)] My one complaint is with four main characters, the narration was never able to spend enough time on any one of them. Thus I never felt emotionally invested in any of the sisters. I also don't care for omniscient narration. It makes the reader's relationship with each character feel less personal. I wish Alcott had chosen to go with a limited narrator and followed Jo's thoughts/internal struggles so I could have felt more connected to at least one of the sisters. I loved the warmth within the March family. All four sisters were flawed, but their love for each other was unconditional. Okay, I'm off to read Little House on the Prairie now. Alcott's got me on a classic children's lit kick.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    Since this is bridged, it made this a little choppy and made it feel like each sentence was a whole paragraph.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I really enjoyed reading this adaptation of Little Women. It gave me an idea of what the story would be like and I look forward to reading the full-length version once I can find my copy of it (I think it's packed away in a box somewhere). For younger readers, this is a good introduction to the story. The pictures that are scattered through it are well-done in a sort of coloring book style. A creative young person might even enjoy coloring them as they read the story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aisha

    I think twas too fast like the story kept leaping but then again it is meant for kids. am sure would not feel same about the full book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Powers

    It's abridged, and I don't do abridged. It does capture the spirit of the story, though, so I guess you could say the editors did what they set out to.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    It had its moments, but, overall, it felt dull and disjointed. Hopefully the original classic is better than this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    clara reads

    I absolutely loved this book so much it was a reread but I love it so much I have not read this in a while it is my favorite book of all times but I do love the original one better I just love the series so much! I cried a lot, laughed a lot, and smiled a lot. If you have never heard of it where have you been read it now it brings back so many memories which make me sad.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Theredheaded_Bibliomaniac

    I liked it...i was in school when I read this one.. Even thought it was abridged version I loved it. It's very well written. Along with the sisters we a also face all that and enjoy when the time comes. I am gonna read the unabridged soon. Also the movie is gonna be out this year... So excited.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    A good interpretation for kids, and it brings back memories. The pictures are rough, but I remember them fondly. I missed this.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    Endearing family story. Thankful for the audible version because some of the phrases would have gone over my head without hearing them. Lovely classic. Glad I finally crossed one off the list!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aki

    I really enjoy reading this Book

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ava A.

    This book wasn't very descriptive and it didn't really suck me in, but it was okay I guess.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elena ( The Queen Reads )

    Randomly picked this one from my shelf and I loved it. I love how each sister was given a chance to shine on their own and how they coped up with life's challenges.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sauliha Jadoon

    LITTLE WOMEN BY: LOUSIA MAY ALCOTT This is a nineteenth century classic written by Louisa May Alcott who was born in1832 in Pennsylvania, USA about four sisters who have to live in poverty. This is the first book in this series. This book can be read as individual and also as part of series. Other books in series include: 1. Good Wives 2. Little men 3. Jo’s Boys Book Description: This book brings us into the world of the four march girls and their neighbo LITTLE WOMEN BY: LOUSIA MAY ALCOTT This is a nineteenth century classic written by Louisa May Alcott who was born in1832 in Pennsylvania, USA about four sisters who have to live in poverty. This is the first book in this series. This book can be read as individual and also as part of series. Other books in series include: 1. Good Wives 2. Little men 3. Jo’s Boys Book Description: This book brings us into the world of the four march girls and their neighbor Laurie. These little women work hard in order to help their mother with the financial bills while their father is at war. Meg, the eldest teaches rich children and is very modest, well mannered and ladylike. Jo is the tomboy of the family and has to read to a bad tempered aunt while Jo loves to read and write, her aunt makes her to read boring stuff. Beth helps at home with housework and Amy, the youngest is a spoilt brat who hates to go to school and loves to sketch and paint. "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents, grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. “It's so dreadful to be poor! , sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress. I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all, added little Amy, with an injured sniff. We've got Father and Mother, and each other, said Beth contentedly from her corner." Life is hard but the girls still have fun. They enjoy to go to parties and balls, even if they are poor to buy new dresses in fact they don’t allow their poverty to stop them from having fun. Things really get interesting when Jo meets Laurie. Their mistakes grow them up and they all learn from their mistakes. MY REVIEW: When I first read this book, I felt like I was there and witnessing everything. This book provoked such curiosity in me that I couldn’t stop. I started it with a somewhat jaded eye which did not last long. I was quickly swept up in the comfort of the March Family. I laughed and cried in all the correct places which mean I think this is a great classic. My favorite characters were Meg, Jo and Beth. Amy was a little mean, I don't know if I like her. I like Meg ,because she had a beautiful heart .Jo because well she is like me and well because she always tries to keep smiling and Beth because she was such content girl. I believe that the book this book tells us that life is good and that you cannot buy happiness just comfort and lavishness no matter how rich you are. It tells us that money is a very useful thing, but not the most important thing in life and that it is better to be poor and happy then to be rich and unloved. FOR AGES 12 and +. HIGHLY RECOMMENDABLE.

  16. 5 out of 5

    07eva R

    Little women was a great story. The main problem was they didn't have enough money and their dad was in the army. This book took place in the 1900's. The setting was manly at their house. If the setting changed it would have changes the hole book. If it was during a different period it would have changed because they dad would be sent home when he got sick. Meg was the oldest out of the four. She was 16. She was pretty with soft brown hair. Jo was the 2nd oldest. She was tall ad thi Little women was a great story. The main problem was they didn't have enough money and their dad was in the army. This book took place in the 1900's. The setting was manly at their house. If the setting changed it would have changes the hole book. If it was during a different period it would have changed because they dad would be sent home when he got sick. Meg was the oldest out of the four. She was 16. She was pretty with soft brown hair. Jo was the 2nd oldest. She was tall ad thin and something of a tom boy. Her one beauty was her long, thick hair. Beth was the 3rd oldest. She was 13 and very shy. She would seldom left the house. Amy was the 4th oldest. She felt for herself to be important. She had big blue eyes and curly golden hair. I really liked this book. I liked it because it felt like you were in the book. I really like how Jo sold her hair to get money for her mom. That just seems like the hardest thing to do when you have long hair to cut it off. I liked how the sisters got along and all stuck together to make everything work out. they didn't try to make things hard on the mom they would just help the mom out whenever she needed it. My favorite quote is when Jo says,"I only sold what was mine". I like that quote because you can tell how much she loves her family. She sold her hair for money. Every family has one good reliable person they can always trust. I recommend this book to anyone who loves families. This book has a really good lesson on how everyone should treat their families.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Well, there isn't really anything that I can say about this book that many don't already know about. I initially watched the 1994 version of this movie and really enjoyed it. I never would have thought, 19 years later, I'd be reading the book because back then, I wasn't much of a [Book] reader...Especially of the classics. I read, but not often & it was usually centered around History of some sort (usually the Civil Rights Movement or Slavery)... So, when I went into this book, I kind Well, there isn't really anything that I can say about this book that many don't already know about. I initially watched the 1994 version of this movie and really enjoyed it. I never would have thought, 19 years later, I'd be reading the book because back then, I wasn't much of a [Book] reader...Especially of the classics. I read, but not often & it was usually centered around History of some sort (usually the Civil Rights Movement or Slavery)... So, when I went into this book, I kind of knew what to expect but didn't quite remember all the details. These Great Illustrated Classics, I believe, are the abridged version of the books to make it easier for younger readers to read the books and understand the language...I do own another copy of it which I believe is the full version of the book. I may read that version one day..But there are so many books I want to get to, I am not sure yet, but, I did really enjoy this story... If you want to get into reading classics and still understand much of the language, these versions of books are one way to read them & still get a good jist of what the story is about.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Prashant Badiger

    This adapted version by Moby books (Illustrated classic editions) of Little Women introduced me to writings of Louisa May Alcott. I picked this pocket book without any expectations randomly expecting it to be a girlish novel. My assumptions were put to rest after I started reading this delightful classic. Though the theme may be feminine, but it is a matured, coming of age novel for both genders. It is not similar to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Little Women is about growing up, cheri This adapted version by Moby books (Illustrated classic editions) of Little Women introduced me to writings of Louisa May Alcott. I picked this pocket book without any expectations randomly expecting it to be a girlish novel. My assumptions were put to rest after I started reading this delightful classic. Though the theme may be feminine, but it is a matured, coming of age novel for both genders. It is not similar to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Little Women is about growing up, cherishing new dreams, goals and ambitions. It is story of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy the March sisters. Set in time of civil war, it is about every girls' struggle to achieve her dreams. Louisa weaved a magic in her words that's why it is so popular after 150 years and is been adapted countless times. Little women is story of every family - yours, mine and everyone. It is about loving your family. The lively illustrations transport you to the olden times of civil war days and the life style of those times. What stays in your memories is Jo March and her sisters. Immensely delightful, heart warming and pleasure read experience. Ratings - 10/10

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tina Zhaosky

    “Little Women” is a novel published in 1868 and written by an American author called Louisa May Alcott. Author used American Civil War as the background of the story and it talking about the love between four sisters. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. They had their unique and distinct personality. They lived together with their mother, their father was a solider in the civil war. Although, they were not rich but the four sisters’ mother taught them must help other poor people. The eldest sister, Meg was “Little Women” is a novel published in 1868 and written by an American author called Louisa May Alcott. Author used American Civil War as the background of the story and it talking about the love between four sisters. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. They had their unique and distinct personality. They lived together with their mother, their father was a solider in the civil war. Although, they were not rich but the four sisters’ mother taught them must help other poor people. The eldest sister, Meg was 16 years old as the beginning of the story, she was a young girl in that time and acted the mother. She was really hate of the powerful and rich people’s hypocrisy. She married a not very rich person as her husband. She did not think rich is a good thing. Joe, the principle character in the story. She liked writing and she had optimistic personality and independent characterization. Also, after she married, she still independent. Her personality shows the independent of women. It is really a classical story. I hope everyone could like it and feels the strong emotions from these four sisters.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yahaira

    My book is about a story of a lovely family 4 girls and a mom and a dad.There were a very happy family until there dad has to go to the Civil War. Later on in the book the family gets an letter saying that the dad is very ill , and the mom needs to go nurse her husband.As months… years passed the little girls are now women and they learn more about love and about life. One of the girls was going to marry young but then the man left her and was gone for good. She knew he was leaving her bu My book is about a story of a lovely family 4 girls and a mom and a dad.There were a very happy family until there dad has to go to the Civil War. Later on in the book the family gets an letter saying that the dad is very ill , and the mom needs to go nurse her husband.As months… years passed the little girls are now women and they learn more about love and about life. One of the girls was going to marry young but then the man left her and was gone for good. She knew he was leaving her but she is very sad and depressed times. About a month later or so one of the sisters found Jo ( the ex boyfreind of one of the girls) . And he was / looked sad. Well this is something about my book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    jacky

    This is the other Great Illustrated Classic that my father read to me. I have never read Little Women in full or seen all of any movie of it, so I gather that everything I know about this story is from this. I remember the clothespin on the nose, one of them cutting her hair, the dress getting burned at the dance. I remember it being an enjoyable story, but since this was a condensed children's version and because I was a child, I think that I missed out on a lot of the depth and detail of the s This is the other Great Illustrated Classic that my father read to me. I have never read Little Women in full or seen all of any movie of it, so I gather that everything I know about this story is from this. I remember the clothespin on the nose, one of them cutting her hair, the dress getting burned at the dance. I remember it being an enjoyable story, but since this was a condensed children's version and because I was a child, I think that I missed out on a lot of the depth and detail of the story. I think I might read the orginal version sometime as an adult.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This is my all time favorite book to read and re-read- thank God for ebooks my hard copy is falling apart, due to it being well loved over the years. The film adaption of the book is beautifully done, with great cast to bring the characters to life. Loved it with Claire Danes, Bradley Cooper. The film is one of the rainy day movies you curl up on sofa with an hot cuppa tea in hand or read the book/epub. Amy is my favorite character the artistry flare, her passion for art in the film and book. Hi This is my all time favorite book to read and re-read- thank God for ebooks my hard copy is falling apart, due to it being well loved over the years. The film adaption of the book is beautifully done, with great cast to bring the characters to life. Loved it with Claire Danes, Bradley Cooper. The film is one of the rainy day movies you curl up on sofa with an hot cuppa tea in hand or read the book/epub. Amy is my favorite character the artistry flare, her passion for art in the film and book. Higly recommend this novel -classic.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This was such a good classic and so relatable too! Maybe it's because this was the children's version but I am currently reading the regular one and loving it just as much! I loved the meaning of this book. The only thing was the ending I wanted more of Jo and Laurie but I'll again probably get it in the unabridged version. 4.5 stars I would say and definite recommend anyone reading it regardless if you like classics or not!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    A story of four little women... How they grew up and faced life's challenges. How they hated and loved one another. Each of the four girls have different characteristics from one another. This was the very first book I have read. I think my love for books came from this book. I have learned a lot about life and growing up from this book. It is one of my favorite classics. I recommend this for young ladies who are just starting to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Cox

    It was the first book I read that contained more than a few sentences per page. I loved this book in 4th grade. I could read the full version by Louisa May Alcott but I have seen the movie and normally if I do not read the book before seeing the movie, the book doesn't keep my attention so well because I know the outcome and I picture the movie instead of what my imagination wants to picture. I am okay with leaving my reading of "Little Women" with this Great Illustrated Classic.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kiara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was reading this book in French and it was really good. I hated Jo for some reason, I just found her to be really annoying. My favourite was Amy and I was happy that she was with Laurence and iNstead of Jo. Beth I found not to important but she was still a nice girl for her time. Meg I also really liked she was a sweet and I was happy that she was with mr. Brooke.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Toree Tedder

    As a kid I recieved a set of "The Classics" this book was one of the many I recieved. Being a Little Woman myself at the time I decided that this book would be my bed time story. I have re-read this book countless times and still to this day have never gotten bored by it. Eventually I saw the movie, but nothing compares to the book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Manahan

    I remember reading this as a child and I remember this as the first book I ever really loathed. I think children(even girls) will either really love it or hate it. I found it very dull and monotonous. Jo was really the only character I could really connect with. Some have told me to read the unabridged version and give it another chance since I did pick up a free copy from my aunt.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kittie

    This was a pretty simple version of Little Women. There wasn't much text and it's not very long, but I liked it. I think it would especially be a good classic to have young children read, and it has a lot of illustrations. However, I noticed this edition is very difficult to find anywhere, but there are other options for illustrated classics.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I really hate adapted books. Yet I still read them. (don’t ask me why because I don’t know.) This one was really lame. I liked the actual story but it went far too fast so it ruined it for me. I can’t wait to actually read the real version hopefully it will be loads better.

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