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A Little women Christmas
Frederick, Heather Vogel.
Personal Author:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
With Father away serving in the Civil War, Marmee and her girls try to have a cheery Christmas.
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A cherished holiday scene from a beloved classic comes to life in this festive, cozy picture book homage to Little Women .

It's almost Christmas, and Jo March is determined that this year, unlike the last, there will be presents. It is in this spirit that she and her dear friend Laurie build a snow maiden for poor, sick Beth. The next day, Beth is thrilled with her present, and each of the girls, in turn, receives a little something from the others. But the best gift of all arrives when Papa, who has been away at war and ill, makes a surprise return home for Christmas dinner.

With a timeless message of goodwill and giving and stunning painted artwork, A Little Women Christmas makes a perfect gift for fans of Louisa May Alcott's literary treasure as well as for anyone who appreciates the true meaning of Christmas.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Frederick, author of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, goes back to one of the original mother-daughter books in this adaptation of the Christmas scene from Little Women. Those familiar with Alcott's original will get the most from this handsomely illustrated version, but that won't be the intended audience. Still, there's inherent appeal in the story's events: Jo and Laurie conspire to make sure that the family has Christmas presents, a gay Christmas morning, and then the surprise when Father walks through the door after months away in a Civil War hospital. Ibatoulline's oversize artwork has a realistic, almost photographic quality, illuminated as if by candlelight. An inviting introduction to a classic.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

A cozy Christmas with the March clan is on tap in this picture book adapted from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Using accessible but not overly contemporary language (and retaining some of Alcott's phrasings), Frederick turns a holiday-centric episode from the novel into a standalone story brimming with warmth. Admirers of the original will still find much to love, as the characters' personalities and the basic plotlines remain true. Ibatoulline's gouache portraits of family life, often awash in the glow of candlelight, are steeped in 19th-century detail, from the modest dresses and carefully set dinner table to a crackling orange-red fire in the fireplace. Outdoor scenes of the March house and its snowy environs are as crisp and clear as a snap of winter air. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. Illustrator's agent: Nancy Gallt, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-From the revisiting of beloved characters to the perfectly captured tone of familial warmth, the "Pleasant Meadows" chapter of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women gets a pleasing picture-book retelling. Prior plot developments-Beth's illness, Jo's shorn hair, and the family's relationship to the boy next door ("Theodore Laurence officially, but Laurie to his friends")-are succinctly woven into the story, heightening the dramatic and emotional holiday heft when the March father finally returns home from war. The gouache art honors the source material with Orchard House, Amy's ringlets, and Father's Union army uniform looking just as they should. If reading Little Women is already a holiday tradition, this is a fine addition to the rotation, especially for younger Alcott fans.-Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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