Little Men

Little Men

Book - 2012
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At Plumfield, an experimental school for boys, the little scholars can do very much as they please, even slide down banisters. For this is what writer Jo Bhaer, once Jo March of Little Women , always wanted- a house 'swarming with boys . . . in all stages of . . . effervescence.' At the end of Little Women , Jo inherited the Plumfield estate from her diamond-in-the-rough Aunt March. Now she and her husband, Professor Bhaer, provide their irrepressible charges with a very different sort of education - and much love. In fact, Jo confesses, she hardly knows 'which I like best, writing or boys.' Here is the story of the ragged orphan Nat, spoiled Stuffy, wild Dan, and all the other lively inhabitants of Plumfield, whose adventures have captivated generations of readers. 'A natural source of stories . . . she is, and is to be, the poet of children.' Ralph Waldo Emerson 'The novelist of children . . . the Thackeray, the Trollope, of the nursery and the schoolroom.' Henry James 'The best boys-in the literary sense-that we have ever come across.' London Spectator With a new introduction by John Matteson and an afterword by J.T. Barbarese
Publisher: New York :, Signet Classics,, [2012]
ISBN: 9780451532237
Branch Call Number: YA ALC
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: John Matteson
J. T. Barbarese

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DBRL_KrisA Dec 10, 2018

3.5 stars rounded up to 4. It should be noted that I read a Large Print version of the book (surprisingly the only one my library has).

It's been so, so many years since I read Little Women. To be honest, I had to read up on Wikipedia to refresh my memory on who all the characters were, and what happened in that book, before beginning this sequel. Jo married Professor Bhaer, and together they run a school in the mansion left to Jo in her great-aunt's will. The little men of the title are the twelve boys in the school, and there are even a couple "Little women" to keep them company. Some of the values in the book are a bit outdated: the girls are being taught cooking and cleaning while the boys are being taught math and science; most of the household's menial tasks are handled by servants. And the lessons learned by the children (and, supposedly, the reader) can be a bit simplistic and naive at times. But Alcott's characters are fun and entertaining, especially the young Rob and Teddy, and the "wild" Nan. And there were several scenes in the book that had me laughing (and crying) out loud.

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danbs
Apr 22, 2017

You need to read this! Little Men keeps you engaged and makes you feel like you are in the book with all the characters. This book has all the emotions which makes it even more entertaining to read. If you haven't read this book already I would recommend it to you, and if you have try reading the other books in the series.

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julia_sedai
Mar 23, 2014

It's really great to continue reading the story of Jo and Professor Bhaer in this book. Even though it focuses on the boys they teach and take care of, it's easy to see their characters shine through. The boys (and girls) get in a lot of trouble, but ultimately try and fix their mistakes and learn to be moral people. One thing that the afterword noted which I found interesting is that there is no villain in this book, even though it is a children's book (the writer compared it to Harry Potter, LOTR and others where there is a prominent villain). Alcott shows that the evil is inside of people when they choose to act on it, rather than on good. Jo and Professor Bhaer teach this to the children and try to show them that acting good is always better in the end. It's a good moral book for children, teenagers, and adults alike.

mrsgail5756 Dec 30, 2013

A very good book. Not to be missed.

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NovelSally
Apr 14, 2013

Such a sweet and timeless book. The lessons and setting are a wonderful, relaxing experience.

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JJMCLENNAN
Nov 18, 2012

After reading Louisa M. Alcott's biography in the 'Childhood of Famous Americans' series I couldn't resist reading this, no matter how much I usually hate reading old-fashioned stories. This is the best book I've ever read, old-fashioned or not, I loved it.

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gjrainey
Feb 12, 2018

gjrainey thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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