Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill

by Louisa May Alcott

When best friends, Jack and Jill, tumble off their sled, their injuries cause them to be bedridden for many months. Their parents fill their days with the joys of Christmas preparations, a theatrical production and many other imaginative events.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Classics
  • Rating: 3.84
  • Pages: 292
  • Publish Date: April 1999 by Little, Brown and Co.
  • Isbn10: 0316030848
  • Isbn13: 9780316030847

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In classic LMA fashion, this book is meant to be morally inspiring for Tweens and teens who already accept the moral premise of classic conservative Christian values. There is no question that I enjoyed this book as a young mom and look forward to sharing it with my children.

And I don't think it is wrong to write a book, whose goal is to set a good example for people, while entertaining them at the same time.

I read books by women like Louisa May Alcott because I wish the world were more like the way she painted it, not this depraved rock we currently live on.

Hace unos días me tenía que operar una muela de juicio. Hace un poco más de media hora cuando me levanté para tomar una combinación de ibuprofeno con dicoflenac, me hice un te y mientras me ponía la taza en la cara, retomé este libro de Alcott y a medida que avanzaban las páginas olvidaba el dolor. Alcott funciona como una contención frente a eso, cuenta el mundo con la misma calidad con lo que lo aborda Dickens pero con ambiciones, falsamente, menores.

I loved the ending and how it wrapped up all of the young people's futures.

Viewed through that prism, I think that Jack and Jill is a remarkably progressive novel, one that likely stood head and shoulders over nearly any other juvenile stories offered at the time. Like Susan Patron's acclaimed novels, Jack and Jill is about much more than just that one issue, of course; there are ample characters and stories for a couple of full-length books at least, a tribute to the richness of thought that Louisa May Alcott put into this book. Without any outside urging, Molly Loo decides that it's time to claim responsibility and start taking care of their house; she also begins tending to Boo, learning at a very young age what it means to be in charge of the domestic share of a family's daily labor. Jack, Jill, Molly and all of their other friends, each of whom we are given the opportunity of getting to know in this book, are speeding toward adolescence, and they know that major changes are up ahead even as their personal problems, big and small, find degrees of resolution. Louisa May Alcott was far ahead of her time in the writing of Jack and Jill, in my opinion. More than a hundred years later writers are just beginning to consistently touch on the kind of deep wisdom found in this book and how it applies to new young teenagers, and unpacking the sort of experiential advice that Louisa May Alcott expertly wove into her writing many decades before any of the new guard of authors was even born. It really is impressive to see how out-of-the-box Louisa May Alcott was in her writing, and how keenly relevant a book like Jack and Jill still is today for kids going through the exact same sorts of physical and emotional changes that affected their forefathers.

I was interested in Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott because the only book Ive read by her is Little Women, so I wanted to see what her other works contained. Through their families and friends help, theyre able to recover and learn how to be more careful.

Dont care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family; and Ill be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I wont!" Confronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment, Louisa determined "...I will make a battering-ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world." Whether as a teacher, seamstress, governess, or household servant, for many years Louisa did any work she could find. A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches (1863) based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC as a nurse during the Civil War. When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write "a book for girls." Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868.