Little Women

Book review by Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 57 reviews

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age 8+

My favorite childhood novel!

I first read this novel around the age of 8 and 9. Then I reread it every 3-4 years. It was my favorite classic children’s novel. Yes it is also an adult story, but if parents can help their children understand book/part two, then mature children should definitely love and appreciate it as I did. Keep in mind a child doesn’t need to know every advanced word or adult theme to love classic literature. The way it reads is reason enough with LMA’s charm and message about family. All the March sisters are incredible role models and truly forward thinking for their time due to transcendentalism philosophy. Thus, it is still so relevant today. If only, Alcott had been able to end it as she originally wished and kept Jo a successful writer/spinster... just as she was herself.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

One of The Most Charming Books Written

It is hard to give an age for this book, but is best loved by a mature-minded child. The book may be too slowly unraveled for modern kids who are used to quick hooks. For those that appreciate the style, it will steal their hearts. I've read it as a child and adult and love it more each reading. My nine year old isn't quite ready for it, but I hope to share it with her soon. The story revolves around four girls with human faults. They try to do what is right, fail, and keep at it. Gender roles might be confusing for some, but the little women are strong, independent, and revolutionary for their time. The book is based on Christian and transcendentalist ideals, and is heavier on the simple morality of hard work than preachy about faith. It's heartwrenching and deals with pain, death, and love; but does so in a straightforward, honest way that is perfect for children.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Book Details

  • Author: Louisa May Alcott
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Publication date: September 30, 1868
  • Number of pages: 798
  • Last updated: January 15, 2019

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love strong female characters

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