My Girls etc

My Girls etc[BOOKS] ✮ My Girls etc ✰ Louisa May Alcott – This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923 This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc that were either part of the original This is a reproduction of a book published before This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc that were either part of the original artifact or were introduced by the scanning process We believe this work is culturally important and despite the imperfections have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide My Girls Epub / We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process and hope you enjoy this valuable book. 4 stars 410 hearts I enjoyed these stories as usual They were sarcastic humorous real sweet often autobiographical There was a lot of feminism though in the first story But the others I enjoyed A Favourite uote “If any one asked her what she would do when our bitter winter came the smile on her placid face grew graver but did not vanish as she laid her worn hands together and answered with simple faith—‘The good Gott who gave us this home and raised up these friends will not forget us for He has such as we in His especial charge’”A Favourite Humorous uote “Bertie had heard Professor Parpatharges Patterson called a very learned man who could read seven languages so he thought he would call and inuire if bird language was among the seven He peeped first and there was Mr P reading away with his big spectacles on and some dreadfully wise old book held close to his nose As he did not look up Bertie tapped softly but Mr P did not hear Then this resolute young person pushed up the window walked coolly in and stood close to the student's side But Mr P did not see him till the remarkable appearance of a small blue mitten right in the middle of Plato's Republic caused the Professor to start and stare at it with such a funny expression of bewilderment that Bertie could not help laughing“‘Please sir I knocked but you didn't hear so I came in’ said Bertie ‘I wanted to know if you would tell me how I could learn bird talk’“‘What?’ and the man stared at the child harder than ever “‘Perhaps I'd better sit down and 'splain all about it remarked Bertie feeling that the subject was too important to be hastily discussed” This volume of Aunt Jo's Scrapbook features several unrelated stories The frontispiece of the first edition features an illustration that isn't in this volume There are two illustrations that follow The first story My Girls is a tract about how virtuous young girls can become whatever they want to be with a little encouragement and not become idle and empty headed Of course she ignores the fact that she came from a very progressive family and most girls could never dream of becoming lawyers or doctors in 1877 This story represents Louisa's stance on women's rights and why I adore her so much The second story Lost in a London Fog is the story of two sisters one being based on Louisa and the other her sister May take a cab in London with a cabbie who has not only been drinking but has no idea where he is going They're out all night in the London fog in despair of ever getting home again This story is pretty bland and not in Louisa's usual vein The Boys' Joke and Who Got the Best of It is in Louisa's usual line It features a charming dolls' Christmas party and a bunch of boys who try to outwit the girls with a sweet little party of their own Animal rights activists beware there are certain gruesome elements to the story that apparently didn't bother anyone in the 1870s Even with that this was my favorite story in the book It's a lot of fun and if you like Little Men you will probably enjoy this story The fourth story Roses and Forget Me Nots is one of Louisa's moral tales in which a rich girl learns to really see the poor and help a poor girl find happiness It's a little heavy handed but not too bad The writing is typical of Louisa's moral tales Nothing new or special here Old Major is an unusual story because it's about saving an old horse and rewarding him for his years of hard work Unlike Black Beauty it's not from the horse's point of view but very much the same idea I didn't remember Louisa was a champion of animal rights as well I knew I loved her for a reason What the Girls Did is a forgettable moral tale A once wealthy girl learns to leave off the frills of Society and live plain and simple with middle class folks and give back to those in need The descriptions of the culture and social life are really interesting and give a good feel for the time period Little Neighbors features a lonely boy an old professor and a cheerful little bird This story is sweet without being overly moral and didactic It's a nice little domestic story and I can see Emerson in the role of professor Marjorie's Three gifts is another moral tale rewarding the virtuous poor I wish Louisa's poor people weren't so abnormally good I prefer her blood and thunder tales because the characters show human emotion Marjorie is a sweet girl and deserves happiness as a reward I like how the story COULD be mystical if interpreted from a child's point of view Patty's Place is a moral Christmas story about an orphan who is in need of some love and kindness I've read this one elsewhere so I skipped it for now It's not a bad story and full of heartwarming Christmas cheer Autobiography of an Omnibus is unlike anything I've ever read as it's told from the POV of a bus It ends up being a moral tale about the virtuous poor It's a little slow until the final section and I was wondering what the point of the story was until then Red Tulips a moral tale of the same idea as Roses and Forget Me Nots This time the virtuous poor girl happens to be colored Little Betty a colored girl loves bright flowers but does not have a garden and is not allowed to pick any flowers in private gardens Along comes a young woman with the power to make Betty happy and find her own path to happiness along the way This is a sweet story that though moral is fun to read I liked Betty's enthusiasm for flowers and how it all turned out This is my second favorite story in the volumeThe final story A Happy Birthday is a forgettable boring story of an old woman's birthday and the happiness being with her family brings her There is a bit of racist content but the boys were influenced by Barnum's circus so it's not really the author's fault because that's what boys did back then This collection is a must have for any Louisa May Alcott fan As of Christmas 2014 The Barrow Bookstore in Concord had one early edition left on the shelf and one first edition pristine volume containing An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving and other stories