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Louisa May Alcott's Christmas Treasury Hardcover – June 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 282 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589199502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589199507
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Hines, who has sold nearly half a million copies of Alcott's rediscovered stories "The Quiet Little Woman" and "Kate's Choice," here gathers those tales along with 18 others to comprise a "Christmas treasury"-all of Alcott's known Christmas sketches in one volume. Some will be dearly familiar to readers; an excerpt from Little Women, for example, reminds us of the yuletide benevolence of Marmee and her four girls. Other touching stories are less well known, such as "What Love Can Do," about residents of a boarding house joining together to make a lovely Christmas for two poor girls. (Poverty and Christmas charity are the themes that tie most of these stories together.) Hines can be a heavy-handed compiler, whose editorial notes tell the reader how to respond to the stories. ("Perhaps we today need to learn a lesson from Miss Alcott and from Patty," he intones at the close of "The Quiet Little Woman.")
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Louisa May Alcott was both an abolitionist and a feminist. She is best known for Little Women (1868), a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood years with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Alcott, unlike Jo, never married: "... because I have fallen in love with so many pretty girls and never once the least bit with any man." She was an advocate of women's suffrage and was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts.

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The inscription is the only thing that gives it away as a used book!
S. Freemuth
Wonderful, touching stories that remind us of a time when Christmas wasn't about presents, but about love.
Charlotte McKay
Can't wait to curl up and read this book with some cocoa and a good blanket.
F. Perez

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike & Lisa on September 5, 2013
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I love the author and was so happy to get such a excellent copy of the book for my home library. I have read to this book through several times and enjoy laughing at the tales and moral lessons given in such a caring way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Love VINE VOICE on January 8, 2014
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Fabulous compilation of Christmas Stories. I was hoping The Christmas Elves would be included in this book, but it is not. You don't know that because the names of the chapters is not available to view prior to purchase. That's the ONE story I wish I could find and was really hoping it was in this book. Bummer but, the other stories are wonderful and i do enjoy her writing.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By New Englander 5 on October 8, 2009
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This is a lovely treasury of Louisa May Alcott's Christmas stories. It is exceptionally made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth Dianne Muetzel on December 14, 2013
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Many wonderful tales I never knew existed until I found this recently. Helps me keep foremost in my mind what Christmas' real meaning is, and helps me find characters who illustrate the role models I love to learn from,
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This is a lovely collection of short stories centered around the Christmas Season written by none other than Louisa May Alcott, the author of "Little Women." Each of the short stories shares the common theme of some impoverished people facing the reality of a bleak Christmas, but through their goodness and modeling of the Golden Rule they inspire those who are better off to give and provide them with a glorious Christmas. Each of the stories is so lovely that it fills one with goodness and hope and beauty. Truly, Louisa May Alcott's vision of kindly and generous children receiving kindliness and generosity returned is a moral virtue for the world to aspire to today. Also included in this collection are some Christmas poems written by the invincible Louisa May Alcott. And the editor, Stephen W. Hines, includes some very insightful and helpful editor's notes periodically throughout the book that really highlight how forward thinking Louisa May Alcott was in her writings for children. The best excerpt by far is the Christmas story from "Little Women" as her writing is especially fluid in it, although, the theme of goodness being rewarded is present in it as well. In short, this book will inspire all those who read it to aspire to model goodliness in this world of disregard and haste and to experience a beautiful Christmas through giving. It is in short, the definition of a good read.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kelley J. Kope on February 23, 2008
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A lovely, feel-good book that should be read around the fire on Christmas Eve, with children tucked in around you, and hot chocolate aplenty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Anne Young on December 15, 2013
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I bought this book for my daughter because she likes to read Louisa May Alcott. It's a nice Christmas gift for anyone who enjoys reading her books.
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By Leigh G. on November 7, 2014
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Ms. Alcott didn't end her stories with "Little Women" or her other novels, she also wrote a number of shorter tales. Some of the Christmas-themed ones are in this collection. You might want to ignore the editor's commentaries at first & simply read the stories through, then go back. Remember the stories are from the 1800's &, while Ms. Alcott had progressive ideas for her time, they may still seem stodgy to you.
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