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A Garland for Girls

Louisa May Alcott

Book Overview: 

“These stories were written for my own amusement during a period of enforced seclusion. The flowers which were my solace and pleasure suggested titles for the tales and gave an interest to the work.

If my girls find a little beauty or sunshine in these common blossoms, their old friend will not have made her Garland in vain.” – L.M. Alcott, September, 1887

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I'm extravagant, since it costs nothing."

As she spoke, Jessie was gathering long sprays of the rosy vine, with its glossy leaves so beattifully shaded that it was evident Jack Frost had done his best for it. Going to her glass, she fastened a wreath of the smallest leaves about her head, set a cluster of larger ones in her bosom, and then surveyed herself with girlish pleasure, as well she might; for the effect of the simple decoration was charming. Quite satisfied now, she tied on her cloud and slipped away without waking Laura, little dreaming what good fortune the ivy spray was to bring them both.

She found the children prancing with impatience to begin their ballet, much excited by the music, gaslight, and gay dresses, which made it seem like "a truly ball." All welcomed Jessie, and she soon forgot the cheap slippers, mended gloves, and old dress, as she gayly led her troop through the pretty dance with so much grace and s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I am sure this would have been a much more enjoyable read when I was ten. The majority of the stories resolved in a fairy tale manner, and the lack of any real conflict made each tale more unbearable than the last.

The fault is not in Alcott's writing style as much as it is with cynicism brought...more

This hardcover edition printed in 1980 cost me $4.95 and the cover is illustrated with a decidedly 1970s girl in a lace dress and daisies in her hair. The collection of short stories inside are of mixed value, in my opinion. Each is "inspired" by the flowers given to the author during a "period o...more

"Written for my own amusement," says Alcott herself? Well, the original readers she won over with LITTLE WOMEN and LITTLE MEN probably scooped up this whole bouquet of charming stories, which probably left a favorable fragrance and a curiosity as to what Ms. Alcott's next offering would be. Today...more

A little gem of a book. A collection of various stories, each titled with the name of a flower or flowers. They are obviously instructional stories aimed at teaching morals and good graces to young girls. Although the stories are a bit saccharine at times, I couldn't help but admire the way they...more

I first read these sentimental stories as a young girl. Though they were never my favorite of Alcott's books, they're still a treat for those who enjoy old-fashioned stories. They tell the everyday joys and troubles of young girls, some rich and educated, others poor and simple. They're a bit did...more

A collection of short stories by Miss Alcott.

Actually this book is good, if it read by teenagers, a woman who began to grown up.
So full of values of life. It so obvious.

It good, but I prefer An Old Fashioned Girl.

“…setiap tumbuhan simbolis hidup di tempatnya masing-masing dan menjalani kehidupannya yang telah ditetapkan.”

Wanita dan bunga

Sepertinya ungkapan yang cocok untuk menggambarkan buku ini. Buku ini berkisah mengenai kehidupan beberapa wanita dengan sentuhan bunga dalam kehidupannya. Antara lain Je...more

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Sebenarnya sih, aku kurang suka sama kumpulan cerpen, karena pas dapet cerita yg bagus, merasa sayang cuma pendek doang, pengennya panjang biar bacanya lamaaa :p Tp buku ini kumpulan kisah pendek juga ternyata, ada...more

This collection of stories was better than I thought it would be. Louisa May Alcott was a talented writer and even if the stories began on a dull "I know exactly where this is heading" note, all of them had a twist towards the end. If you read this book, commit to finishing each story. Don't qui...more

This is a very sweet collection of short stories. I find it very clever that everyone short story as a floral theme, linking them all to the title. Of course, it is full of good sentiments and morals, but it's a very enjoyable read!

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