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Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.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 9 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 57 reviews

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age 10+

One of my favorite books

I love this book jk Rowling fave childhood read ssooooo good

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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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Great messages
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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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