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Alcott, Louisa May.
New York : Scholastic, 2000
IL 5-8, RL 7.7
ISBN 0439101360
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Who doesn’t know the beloved tale of the four March sisters and there mother living alone while their father is off fighting in the Civil War. The novel chronicles the lives of each sister as they struggle to make ends meat.  Meg is the oldest, the ever-doting daughter who helps her mother and dreams of becoming one herself someday. However, her one flaw is that her vanity can sometimes get her into trouble. Joe is the aspiring writer, confused and uncertain what her future holds. With a quick temper she is often the center of trouble. Beth, is the quiet, shy, and musical child who becomes ill and has her life cut too short. Amy is the baby, stubborn, and always looking to get attention. The book is a beautiful story of family in good times and in bad and how they stick together through it all.

As a young girl of ten I open up this book eager and excited to find out what story lay in it. I was unable to go two chapters before I was bored and confused. I tried again a few years later and couldn’t put it down. Based on my own experience I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone younger than 10 years old. If trying to entice older kids to read this story, I would tell them my experience with the book when I was ten and then older.

This book would be a great example to show older students different forms of writing, how to build the characters set the theme, parts of a story, etc.

This book is a classic story that can be read over and over again. Opening this book you become involved in the story, the characters, and their lives. It is almost as if you yourself are one of the March sisters.  (Nicole Howard, Gresham, Oregon)

SUBJECTS:     Sisters -- Fiction.
                        March family (Fictitious characters) -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- New England -- Fiction
                        New England -- Fiction.

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