Thursday, March 11, 2010

Book 26: Little Women.

I have quite a few childhood memories tied up in Little Women. When I was maybe 6 or 7, my mom got my brothers and me a set of Illustrated Classics for kids. There were maybe 30 or so titles and each one was a fat little stubby book that was an abridged version of the classics.

I didn't have an interest in some of them. Kidnapped and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn just didn't sound appealing. I remember clearly looking at that pile of books and being upset, since they all seemed to be "boy" books and I wanted nothing to do with them.

I did manage to find two titles that I wanted to read: Black Beauty and Little Women. I must have read those two titles dozens of times. I loved them more than anything and was convinced that I 1. Needed a horse of my own, and 2. Jo was my long-lost big sister.

It was a couples years after I read through Little Women that the movie version came out (I am talking about the 1994 version with Christian Bale and Winona Ryder). My mom took me and my little sister to go see it. I was in love. I bought the VHS as soon as it came out and watched it over and over again.

And I should probably admit here that I also bought the DVD version a couple of years ago because I love it so much.

Little Women was a huge part of my childhood. I felt very close to Jo and I felt like she was my own sister.

So to say that I am excited to read this is an understatement. I am looking forward to reliving a huge part of my childhood memories. I just hope I can appreciate this as much as I did back then.


  1. I only ever saw this movie and I used to watch it all the time when I was younger. So this connects to my childhood memories, too. Great post.

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  3. I loved this book too and the same movie!! You need to watch the version with Katherine Hepburn as Jo..fantastic!!! My students love the GIC books!!!

  4. The movie is part of my childhood memories, but not the book. I did read the book recently though

    here is the review

    I enjoyed it just as much as you. I loved Jo

  5. I used to have the children's abridged classics too! How weird.

    Can't wait to see how you feel about Little Women!

  6. I didn't really enjoy the abridged version I had. We had to do it for school, and it was awful. Read the original a couple of years later, and absolutely loved it. Like you, Jo felt like an older sister!