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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

The stories aren't anything of major substance, but this is just the type of book I'll read to my kids someday. ^_^

This is as the title says, a scrap-bag, or collection of short stories, including an autobiographical one where Alcott describes the original inspiration for Laurie in Little Women. If you are a fan of Little Women, then this would interest you!

A charming mix of LMA's reminiscences over "her boys", some observations and some short stories she penned. If you loved the "Little Women" series or "Rose in Bloom" you may notice some common themes, and will probably enjoy this little book too.

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...more

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...more

This is a collection of several short stories; some of them were a bit odd to read. However, I did have a couple favorites: there was "The Children's Joke" was about a brother and sister who switched roles with their parents for a day. This was a hilarious read.

Another of my favorites was "Tessa'...more

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.

This is a beautiful collection of stories! I feel that all children would be blessed to have these read to them!

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

Really nice collection of short stories.

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