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Little Women

byLouisa May Alcott

Paper over Board | August 28, 2014


Louisa May Alcott's classic tale of four sisters in a deluxe hardcover edition, with beautiful cover illustrations by Anna Bond, the artist behind world-renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.

Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn't be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they're putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there's one thing they can't help wondering: Will Father return home safely?
About the cover artist:Based in Winter Park, Florida, Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co., a worldwide stationery and gift brand, is an artist best known for her whimsical designs which often include hand-painted illustrations and lettering. She has created unique, illustrated covers for the Puffin in Bloom book collection, which includes suc...
Title:Little WomenFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:816 pages, 7.31 × 5.38 × 2.4 inPublished:August 28, 2014Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0147514010

ISBN - 13:9780147514011


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I truly loved it When I read this book as a young girl I wanted to be Jo so much.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Highly recommend all of the Puffin in Bloom collection. Excellent story with terrific cover art to match
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I always struggled to get into this book. I love classics, especially from this time period but found Little Women not to my liking, it was slow paced and mot interesting to me. But this edition is beautiful.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic I absolutely adore this edition of Little Women. The cover is so cute and makes a lovely book to display as well as read.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little Women While certainly old fashioned in its morals (sometimes clawingly so), all four sisters have personality traits that are identifiable and often endearing in any era. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a Classic I read this book every year, and I started when I was 8. This was my first "lengthy" novel, and it opened my eyes to a genre of women in the spotlight in literature. I loved it then and I love it now.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic I struggled with this book a little bit. But overall I enjoyed it. I read it when I was younger as well but found it more relate able in my early 20's.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Classic! Every women can find some aspect of themselves in one of the March sisters. Whether you are visiting this book for the 1st or 100th time, it is a true classic that never gets old. This edition, though slightly thicker than others, is beautiful and a great version if you are owning the book for the first time.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for all women I had a children's version as a kid and I have read this book every year for as long as I remember. I recommend reading it multiple times because as you grow you identify with different characters. I've worn through multiple copies of this book so I look forward to seeing how this edition stands up to the intensive reading.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Book! I loved this book when I was younger and I still love it now. The first half is my favourite! I love the characters.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Book This book is as great as it's cover - a timeless, relatable story.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic Brings me to tears every time
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful The story and edition are both simply beautiful. The characters are relatable and is the perfect story to read at any age.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent This book is perfect for any little woman who craves relatable characters and scenarios wrapped in a lovely writing style
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Endearing This book is perfect for any little woman who craves relatable characters and scenarios wrapped in a lovely writing style
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic This classic story is a must-read for every girl in her life and captures the feelings of sisterhood perfectly in a unique and heart-warming tale
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Awesome This classic story is a must-read for every girl in her life and captures the feelings of sisterhood perfectly in a unique and heart-warming tale
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic for a Reason Enduring lessons of love, family, friendship, growing up, and faith all weave together to creat a rich tapestry of a story. The characters and events come alive and readers become a part of the March's flamily as they read!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this!! I wish there was a sequel, but if there was I might not like it as much? I dunno. Little women was a book that I read when I was really young, and I've always had a soft spot for it.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well-loved classic This is such a sweet story that encompasses the difficulties of growing up, poverty, familial relationships and hardship. These characters become like your own family and you experience their triumphs and failures with joy and sorrow.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! Every girl should read this book! It's like a right of passage. I can't get enough of these sisters and their coming-of-age story.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A classic, one of my favourites
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Preachy My mom read this to me when I was a child and, while I enjoyed it, I didn't like it as well as some other classics like Anne of Green Gables or The Secret Garden. And this is how I find it as an adult as well. I thought Marmee March does too much "mom-splaining" in the first half of the book, but I brushed this off as a dated writing style. However, in the second part of the book, Alcott breaks the fourth wall and makes a comment about how editors discourage writers from publishing overly moral stories because it's, "not what readers want, but they're wrong, aren't they ;)" So Little Woman must have been too preachy in its own time too! Anyway, Little Woman is certainly a glimpse at women's lives in 1860s America, but it may not be the most enjoyable book to read with your children.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing an instant classic that still remains relevant to this day
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! A heartwarming classic, that is still so applicable today.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stands the test of time. This is one of those stories that I will never outgrow. It still manages to hit on ides and concepts that any person can connect with: growing up, family dynamics, family separations, heartbreak, love, birth and death. While viewed as a traditionally female story, I think everyone can find something they can relate too.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Enduring Classic This book is not just for young readers. I enjoy it as much today as I did when I was a young girl. The March sisters are diverse enough to allow any reader to identify with at least one of them, and share in their joys and sorrows.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this book! I loved this book in grade 2 and I still do now! :)
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must buy i just got this book today and i already read twice
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite! This is a favorite of mine and the pretty cover makes it look so nice displayed on my bookshelf!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One my favorites This was read to me by my grandmother as a child. It is still one that I remember with such fondness and joy. Super sweet and fluffy even as an adult. Every young girl should read this.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic That Never Grows Old A childhood favourite that is definitely worthy of another read as an adult.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic I love this book. My grandmother read it to me, I read it nearly every december and I look forward to reading it to my daughter. It is simply a lovely book.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a classic this is my childhood and still now, favourite book! its got heartbreaking family situations, ups and downs and a love story you just want to scream your head off at! i love rereading this book time and time again, its definitely going to become a favourite of anyone who decides to pick it up! #plumrewards
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This is a great classic book. Great for any age as you get different things out of it at different stages in life.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic Such a classic - I appreciate the humour and story more as an adult.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Love this new copy, had me reading the entire series again. Would recommend this to every young girl in the world.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jane Eyre reimagined As G. K. Chesterton wrote, Little Women anticipated realism by twenty or thirty years and Alcott epitomized the the liminality of childhood and adulhood, the yesterdays and used to bes with gentle humour and reality.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good book I read this book for the first time as an adult and enjoyed it but was a bit disappointed. The way the author writes is very captivating and draws you into the story and keeps you reading. But at times I found the book rather preachy which surprised me. Perhaps this was a product of the time in which it was written. Overall a sweet book.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning classic This is just a great collection to have, just an amazing edition.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book. Nice read for young girls.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites! A classics story for young and old in a beautiful clothbound edition you can go wrong!!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Edition Such a beautiful cover to a wonderful classic. Can't wait to read it again!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it so much! Read this on the subway going to school everyday and I just never wanted to stop reading! The images that this story creates are simply lovely!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm glad I finally read it I read this over xmas at the age of 25 and I enjoyed it so much. No wonder it is a timeless classic, people say that young women and girls should read it but I believe it would be enjoyable and relate-able at any age. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome So happy with my purchase although it was a little expensive rather the other versions of this book.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfectly Lovely. I can totally see how someone may find this book too sugary but goshdarnit are those little women ever likeable.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic If you have never read this classic story about sisterhood and love, it is time you got your hands on a copy!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must Read! Such an amazing book on sisters, friends, and growing up that's great at any age! Brilliant!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Classic and Must Read! An amazing book that truly captures growing up and sisters as well as issues at any age. Brilliant!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All Time Favourite I fall in love with this story every time I read it. This pretty book cover makes it worth while too!!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from enjoyable and relatable In the beginning I found the story kind of difficult to get into but as I read on I grew to enjoy it. I admit, my main reason for reading it, after having I sit on my bookshelf for 3 years, was for book club.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A True Classic Little Women is a novel every family should have on their bookshelf. The story of love and family between the March women is a timeless story. Everyone will find someone to relate to in this beautiful novel and enjoy the story as much as I do!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless Loved this novel of family and of a time gone by!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! This story was amazing! It was a little long, but if you liked Pride and Prejudice, you'll love this!
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Little Women I liked the story and characters but I think it would have been better had I read it when I was a bit younger and not at 19.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommend Good book for middle school students.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I love this book and wanted my own copy, eventually deciding on this one. It is beautiful and looks great on my shelf! Maybe a little difficult to read because of how thick it is, but I love it all the same
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful, Inspiring Story This book is an annual re-read for me. I love the heart-warming tale of the four young March women and the joys and struggles they share from day to day. This book is a classic, and one I've enjoyed over and over again.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Great story, absolutely loved it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little Women I recently bought and read this book for a book club, and it was an amazing experience. Although a little slow to start, this tale of four sisters and their struggle through life had quite the impact on my outlook on life. The struggle of defining what a women is, and how to be both kind and strong and independent all at once. A great coming of age book.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flawless Classic Weh i found out it was part of a series I immediately bought them all! A well written classic that values life, happiness and the people we surround ourselves with over material possessions. A fabulous read for young and old!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Loved the cover and while it was a little slow at first to get into, I loved this read and it is great for any young woman.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant It's extremely long and took a while for me to get into, but do not hesitate to buy this! By the end, I wish there was more of it to enjoy!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy with no hesitation A 19th century period book written by Louisa May Alcott is a fascinating story about the March’s family. Four sisters bonded by love go through war, separation, loss, and poverty, yet manage to create many happy memories as they grow and join womanhood. Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth each possess individual characters which you grow to love and admire so much so that I can almost guarantee that you will be talking back at the book while reading it.The story itself is an entirely lovable one. It begins with the family suffering from many financial problems and their father being away at war. It covers the majority of the issues woman had to face back in the days. One sister, for instance, has to sacrifice her independence and freedom as a writer when she has to marry. It is a key point in the novel that shows no matter how independent a woman may be she must be self-sacrificing to fulfill her duties as a woman. This book is written as a children’s book and it contains gender roles and religious references. However, I am not sure that our children today would understand the style of literacy Ms. Alcott has deemed appropriate for this book. The plots and the pace are not as fast as our nowadays novels and sometimes you do feel like wanting to skip some pages to get to the exciting parts. Little Women provides the reader that ambitious, wanting to do anything your heart desires, feel and I think that is what great writing is about. The Author actively induces you into the story, making you feel warm towards each and every sister in a way that you rarely feel disconnected from the plot. In fact, come to think of it, it may have been the reason why I was so desperate to find out what happens that I was skipping pages! In summary, I rarely give five stars to a book, but this one totally deserves it. If you are a fan of English literature and fancy a heart warming story then this book is yours. Written by Jeyran Main
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely I always dreamed of being one of the March girls... Every girl should read this book.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved this! Such an amazing story
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Classic! I read this book awhile ago but it was a roller coaster of emotions. I cried, I laughed, I got angry. Worth a read for sure!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic This is one of my favorite books. I remember coming across it as a young girl in my grandmother's book collection. I still have her copy that she gave to me that I read over and over again. A lovely story that will make you laugh and cry that every young girl should read.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! One of my favourite childhood books that I still enjoy reading today. Highly recommended for young girls, and this edition is particularly beautiful!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Every young girl should read this I loved this book as a young girl and as an adult it still stands up. Not much really needs to be said about this book other than that every young girl should read this.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better when I was younger… I remember really enjoying this book when I read it as a girl, so I thought it might be time to read it again. I just couldn’t seem to enjoy it as much this time around. Yes, it was the same sweet and charming story I remember, but somehow it seems too sweet and charming this time. Perhaps such innocence and goodness just isn’t believable for a jaded adult in the modern world. It was still worth the read.
Date published: 2010-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An out of this world classic! There are some classics that will never be out of print, this is one of them. Little Women has not been out of print since its release in the 1880's! "This has to be a good read..."you are right, it is!
Date published: 2009-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and wonderful This book was simply beautiful and warm. I loved how all 4 sisters are all different in their own way (personalities, looks) and the book tells how each of the sisters' lives come about, the feelings they discover, the troubles they face and how they deal with it. The mother with troubles of her own is always supportive and always gives good advise, no matter what she is their mother and will always care for them, each in their own way. The story is very good, written really well. It is a big book and I am not a fast reader, but finished it in 2 1/2 months! Very good read! Recommend it to anyone. It makes you think to appriciate life more!
Date published: 2009-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic ! This book is one of my favorite classic's of all time. The book follows the life of every character, and the storyline is excellent . I recommend this book to anybody everybody who likes to read, it won't disappoint .
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfull This classic is heart warming. I enjoyed reading it from when they were children to when they truly were women! Allcot has truly capptured the hearts of many young readers. The character are strong willed and beautiful. I spent hours reading, and never could put the book down. I think all little women should read this wonderful classic!
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME WORK! Little Women and Good Wives is an excellent book. Full of life's important little lessons, Little Women is a heart-warming story about four sisters who must submit to their state of living in poverty. This is a book for every girl regardless of age. You will find that it touches your heart. Especially one sad chapter (I might spoil it for you if I give it away but you'll know what I mean once you've read it). Highly recommended! FIVE STARS *****
Date published: 2002-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little Women I bought this book with the intention of introducing my daughter to literary classics. I was not disappointed! We have read one chapter every night time permitting, it has taken us nearly a year to finish. What this book has done is improved my daughter's vocabulary and reinforced some of the old values and morals that we as a society need to be reminded of. A breath of fresh air, both romantic, tragic and life like. Enjoy.
Date published: 2000-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little Women This book takes me back to when, as a young girl of twelve, I read to my younger sister hours on end. Without the lure of television, we were drawn into and fascinated by the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth, who to us led wonderful, exciting lives while growing up in New England during the civil war. The book had an enormous impact on our imaginations, but even more it was a story of a daughter's dilemma; the tension between female obligations and artistic freedom. The story touches a spot in many women's hearts, and has been a great influence on the writings of such noted authors as Joyce Carol Oats and Virginia Woolf.
Date published: 2000-01-26

Read from the Book

Playing Pilgrims"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 lots 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, anyhow,"said Beth, contentedly, from her corner.The four young faces on which the firelight shone brightened at the cheerful words, but darkened again as Jo said sadly?"We haven't got father, and shall not have him for a long time." She didn't say "perhaps never,"but each silently added it, thinking of father far away, where the fighting was.Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, "You know the reason mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas, was because it's going to be a hard winter for every one; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army. We can't do much, but we can make our little sacrifices, and ought to do it gladly. But I am afraid I don't;"and Megshook her head, as she thought regretfully of all the pretty things she wanted."But I don't think the little we should spend would do any good. We've each got a dollar, and the army wouldn't be much helped by our giving that. I agree not to expect anything from mother or you, but I do want to buy Undine and Sintram for myself; I've wanted it so long,'said Jo, who was a bookworm."I planned to spend mine in new music,"said Beth, with a little sigh, which no one heard but the hearth-brush and kettle-holder."I shall get a nice box of Faber's drawing pencils; I really need them," said Amy, decidedly."Mother didn't say anything about our money, and she won't wish us to give up everything. Let's each buy what we want, and have a little fun; I'm sure we grub hard enough to earn it,"cried Jo, examining the heels of herboots in a gentlemanly manner."I know I do, teaching those dreadful children nearly all day, when I'm longing to enjoy myself at home," began Meg, in the complaining tone again."You don't have half such a hard time as I do," said Jo. "How would you like to be shut up for hours with a nervous, fussy old lady, who keeps you trotting, is never satisfied, and worries you till you''e ready to fly out of the window or box her ears?""It's naughty to fret, but I do think washing dishes and keeping things tidy is the worst work in the world. It makes me cross; and my hands get so stiff, I can't practise good a bit." And Beth looked at her rough hands with a sigh that any one could hear that time."I don't believe any of you suffer as I do," cried Amy; "for you don't have to go to school with impertinent girls, who plague you if you don't know your lessons, and laugh at your dresses, and label your father if he isn't rich, and insult you when your nose isn't nice.""If you mean libel I'd say so, and not talk about labels, as if pa was a pickle-bottle," advised Jo, laughing.

Editorial Reviews

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