Little Men

Little Men

Life at Plumfield With Jo's Boys

Book - 1994
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With two sons of her own, and twelve rescued orphan boys filling the informal school at Plumfield, Jo March - now Jo Bhaer - couldn't be happier. But despite the warm and affectionate help of the whole March family, boys have a habit of getting into scrapes, and there are plenty of troubles and adventures in store. Complete and unabridged, this is the third book about the March family and their friends.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Puffin Books, 1994.
ISBN: 9780140367133
0140367136
Characteristics: 368 p. ;,20 cm.

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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 Some of the values in the book are a bit outdated: the girls are being taught cooking and cleaning while the boys are being taught math and science; most of the household's menial tasks are handled by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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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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