- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 and up
- Lexile Measure: 1260L (What's this?)
- Series: Puffin Classics
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (September 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140374566
- ISBN-13: 978-0140374568
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eight Cousins (Puffin Classics) Paperback – September 1, 1995
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Grade 6 Up-At the age of 13, Rose finds herself orphaned and living with two elderly aunts on "Aunt Hill" where she is treated as delicately as the flower for which she is named. But Rose soon finds her quiet world turned upside down with the arrival of her seven boisterous boy cousins followed by her Uncle Alec, a doctor and a world traveler. Upon meeting Rose, Uncle Alec quickly prescribes fresh air and much activity to help with the girl's poor constitution. Uncle Alec's diagnosis turns out to be an accurate one and Rose, with the help of her cousins, finds herself in the middle of much hijinx and merriment. Veteran stage actress Barbara Caruso brilliantly breaths life into each and every one of Louisa May Alcott's delightful characters. With just the slightest change of inflection she is able to capture the essence of each character from the oldest to the very youngest. This audiobook would be an asset to any collection.
Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
The original publisher of this classic provides a new hardcover edition to tempt library purchasers seeking durable editions worthy of repeated lending. This will prove a satisfying keepsake for any who want a new library copy. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
And that's not all. She is also surrounded by seven male cousins, as boisterous and full of life as they come. Rose's initial reaction is to wish herself dead. Barely able to lift her head, she is frightened and overwhelmed by the presence of her mischievous clan. But deep inside, she is secretly envious. The boys get to climb trees and run and play, while Rose, as all young women in her day, is confined to the parlor, constricted by tight corsets and impossible petticoats.
Along comes Uncle Mac, the doctor uncle whose view of how to raise girls clashes with his day and time--and all six of his sisters, the formidable aunts. In the character of Doctor Mac, Louisa May Alcott was able to tout her own family's avant garde views on women's health, almost a century ahead of its time. The doctor forbids Rose to wear the constricting corsets, to the horror of all her aunts and the girl herself. He wonders how she can feel healthy when she cannot draw a decent breath? He encourages her to play outside with her cousins, to get fresh air and exercise. He demands that she eat good, hearty meals instead of womanly morsels. And under his tutelage, and with the friendship of her wonderful cousins, Rose starts to bloom. She turns from a shy, sickly little mouse into a strong, outgoing young woman.
I loved this book as a child; I love it now. It has the perfect message for any girl of any age: Be yourself, take care of yourself, and nothing and nobody can stop you. In my view, "Eight Cousins" is Alcott's true masterpiece.
Yes, the book is strongly moralistic and it's supposed to be. Remember, it's written for children and teens and it's supposed to be instructional. What lifts it from being some kind of religious tract is the lovely story of Rose and her family.
Unfortunately, I suspect that this book, like so many others, will gradually disappear. Paragraphs aren't supposed to be more than a couple of sentences. Morality is out; dystopia is in; and, if the pace isn't breathtaking, the book's a dud. Like other parents, I wanted to share books I loved with my children. I had success with some books, but, unfortunately Louisa May Alcott was a step too far.
In the meantime, though, thanks to Chios Classics and other publishers who are re-printing these classics and making them available on Kindle. Us oldsters remember them fondly.
Rose isn't a sickly child anymore and she's on the threshold of becoming a fine woman ~~ and two of her cousins were in love with her. This book talks about her journey into adulthood and the dilemma she faced in choosing her husband ~~ and it's a wonderfully written book.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who has read "The Little Women" or even "The Eight Cousins" as Alcott's writing style is timeless. This is a classic book that I bought for my own children to read. This should be in everyone's library.
Rose is all grown up with adult decisions to make. How shoud she live her life? In a hedonistic pursuit of pleasure or in a life of helpfulness to others. She has a fortune to spend any way she likes. Marriage looms before her and she must choose from among the eligible young men in her social circle--including her cousins. She not only looks for someone to love, but someone to respect.
It was the romance between Archie and Phebe that I remembered best about this novel and I wanted to see if I had distorted the story in my memory. I hadn't. It still moved me. Still had romance.
I could relate to Rose' social fling. Late nights, dancing partners, young men going off to smoke and drink then being too drunk to drive home. There was enjoyment in the social whirl as well as a wish to not be partnered with someone who was irresponsible.
Recommended especially for Christian parents looking for a love story for their children without graphic sexual scenes or violence.