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Spinning-Wheel Stories

Louisa May Alcott

Book Overview: 

A group of stories-within-a-story, told in the classic Louisa May Alcott style.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I keep the chamber as fresh as I can with yarbs, so I guess there isn't much danger of catching it."

The men reluctantly looked in, saw a flushed face on the pillow (for Tabby was red with running, and her black eyes wild with excitement), took a sniff at the wormwood and motherwort, and with a hasty glance into a closet or two where sundry clothes concealed hidden doors, hastily retired to report the danger and get away as soon as possible.

They would have been much disgusted at the trick played upon them if they had seen the sick girl fly out of bed and dance a jig of joy as they tramped away to Barrett's Mills. But soon Tabby had no heart for merriment, as she watched the minute-men gather by the bridge, saw the British march down on the other side, and when their first volley killed brave Isaac Davis and Abner Hosmer, of Acton, she heard Major Buttrick give the order, "Fire, fellow-soldiers; for God's sake, fire!"

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Community Reviews

Spinning Wheel Stories was a brief, enjoyable respite from the last few books I've read lately. It's restorative to take a journey back to a very different time in our country. (the copy I have was written in 1884 and this version was published in 1908). A group of children are trapped by a storm...more

Filled with her usual charm.

Spinning-Wheel Stories is a collection of short stories. I liked some aspects of the stories and disliked others. I felt like some of the themes were very forward-thinking considering when the stories were written. Many of the female characters have a lot of strength and bravery, which was refres...more

A delightful collection of short stories!

In this collection of short stories by the author of "Little Women," a grandmother tells moral tales to her visiting grandchildren when a storm keeps them indoors. The stories have a pronounced alternating gender focus, between domestic and "boys" adventures, each with a pointed moral lesson mixe...more

A delightful collection of tales from the author of Little Women. Some of them may seem quite dated in their outlook now, but I suspect the views on women in particular were quite advanced for the time.

classical uplifting Alcott tales

Wonderful little stories

I quickly found myself drawn into the story, transported back in time to sit with the children and listen to Granny's stories in that cozy sitting room. I strongly recommend this book to all who enjoy reading stories to children.

Having to be inside for several days, these grandchildren stumble upon a spinning wheel in the attic. When they ask their Grandmother about it, she teaches the girls to spin while telling them stories.