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Monday, January 15, 2018

Little Women

While browsing the old and rare used book shelf at the local library I came upon this gem and it had to come home with me.

When I was in the fourth grade I was obsessed with this book. I would read it over and over again. Two things stick out in my mind from my early reading of this classic.  1. What are pickled limes and how could they be a candy? I may not remember the name correctly but Amy got in trouble at school over this treat.  2. From the abridged version I read, I was not sure that Beth had actually died. Her passing was written in such flowery language that I had to ask my mother to see if I had the right idea.   And I will admit I was miffed that Jo and Laurie did not get married at the end. Laurie and Amy as a couple just never occurred to my nine year old mind.

Here is the book....isnt it pretty? It was worth the $2  I paid for it and it is the unabridged version so I am going to read it again to see how it differs from the one I read as a child.

The illustrations are just lovely.

When you open the book this is what you see.

Marmee leaving to go to Father.

Jo meets Mr Laurence.

Meg's wedding.

I am looking forward to PBS's version of Little Women which I believe will be aired this year. One of my favorite actresses, Angela Lansbury, will play Aunt March.

I love rescuing these old classics and I hope my grand girls will enjoy them as much as I did back in the day.

15 comments:

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Little Women is one of my favorite books. Have a great week, Arlene.

Regine Karpel said...

Love.

Tina said...

Wow Arlene, what a great find! The outside of the book is gorgeous and the illustrations are beautiful! I'm sure your granddaughters will love it, it's a great story!

Mrs.T said...

Arlene, this edition of Little Women is the very one that I have. I have had it since fourth or fifth grade and, like you, I read it over and over. I've always loved those beautiful illustrations. It is sitting on my bookshelf this minute.

Mary Hutchins said...

So glad to hear that PBS will be airing Little Women. I think Angela Lansbury is a wonderful choice for the part. Your book is a treasure, love the illustrations.

Arlene Grimm said...

Mrs T, that makes me happy to think we share a good book!! This one was published in 1947. I am glad to hear that so many of you enjoyed Little Women as well. I loved to escape and visit with the March girls in New England. They may have sparked my love for that portion of the US.

sharon said...

What a great find!!

Robin in Virginia said...

What a treasure you found, Arlene! Hmmm, now I have a hankering to re-read it.

Terri D said...

You know what? I have never read Little Women. I probably need to rectify that. You have piqued my interest.

RJ said...

Arlene this is a fabulous find and for only $2 a steal. I'm so glad you found it and will get so much pleasure from it. Please keep us updated if it does come on tv. I would love to see it. RJ

Mari said...

What a great find! I like the illustrations. I'm with Terri - I never read it either, but now I think I need to.

Miss Dishywoo said...

I have always loved to read but somehow missed reading this classic. I will have to put this on my list. Regardless, I would have snapped up that beautiful book! It's gorgeous.

Mary said...

What a great buy Arlene! You found a treasure. My father went on a business trip and brought home Little women for me and I read it over and over, I should reread it. Looking forward to seeing the BBC version. They have the best tv productions. ( Have you seen Poldark by any chance?)

Arlene Grimm said...

Thanks for all the comments...if any of you have not read Little Women, give it a try. I am re reading this novel and it still charms me. Mary I have not watched Poldark. Somehow I missed it when it first aired. I will have to see if my library has this set in the DVD series section. I usually enjoy any BBC production. I am loving Victoria. I recorded it on Sunday evening and I am looking forward to watching it today.

Linda said...

You really did find a true treasure! I loved Little Women as a child and then reread it a couple of times as my children were growing up. I didn’t know PBS was making a series! That will be wonderful!