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Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag

Louisa May Alcott

Book Overview: 

A collection of short stories by Louisa May Alcott that were written with the intent to entertain the whole family and to fill children's heads with wonder and delight.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .be, she sat down again, and tried over all the songs she knew. Six pretty ones were chosen; and she sang away with all[Pg 51] her heart in a fresh little voice so sweetly that the children smiled in their sleep, and her father's tired face brightened as he entered, for Tessa was his cheery cricket on the hearth. When she had told her plan, Peter Benari shook his head, and thought it would never do; but Tessa begged so hard, he consented at last that she should try it for one week, and sent her to bed the happiest little girl in New York.

Next morning the sun shone, but the cold wind blew, and the snow lay thick in the streets. As soon as her father was gone, Tessa flew about and put everything in nice order, telling the children she was going out for the day, and they were to mind Tommo's mother, who would see about the fire and the dinner; for the good woman loved Tessa, and entered into her little plans with all her heart. Nono and Giuseppe, or Sep, as they ca. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was such a good read, especially since Alcott is a favorite author of mine. I especially loved 'My Boys' and the character from that story that turned into Laurie in Little Women.

A mixed bag of short stories.

3 1/4 stars

Some of the stories or some moments in the stories are really great, either really quirky or really sweet or really curious. At the same time, I do not feel these moments are enough of a reward in what is mostly an OK book. I had some issues getting through the entire manuscript, although I think I

My Boys - Story is pleasant and nothing more; title says it all
Tessa's Surprises - A heart-touching little story; perfect for reading during these holidays!
Buzz - Ingenious and the sort of story I would write; Buzz is a (view spoiler)[fly (hide spoiler)]
The Children's Joke - My favourite among this bunch; ALL parents should do th

I really enjoyed this collection. The last story was my favorite.

For fans of Little Women and Louisa May Alcott, or if you just love short, sweet stories, this is for you. Here's a few descriptions of some of my favorite stories found in Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag.

I enjoyed “My May-Day Among Curious Birds and Beasts” in which the narrator sweetly tells of the sights of

A mixed up bag of heart warming stories and just a bit of memento's fro Aunt Jo. The author is known for the little women series and this is similar.

A refreshing classic cleansing mymind and reminding me of the beautifulness in the world

Really nice collection of short stories.

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