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A Little Women Christmas
Contributor(s): Frederick, Heather Vogel (Adapted By), Ibatoulline, Bagram (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 144241359X     ISBN-13: 9781442413597
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2014

Annotation: With Father away serving in the Civil War, Marmee and her girls try to have a cheery Christmas.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Christmas; Fiction.
Gifts; Fiction.
Sisters; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
- Juvenile Fiction | Classics
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2011016962
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 12.50" H x 9.50" W x 0.25" (1.10 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 170933
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
The March family celebrates Christmas and welcomes Father home from the Union Army in this warmhearted picture-book adaptation of scenes from Alcott's classic novel. Frederick incorporates memorable phrases into this historical-fiction narrative complemented by Ibatoulline's realistic gouache illustrations. However, the author and illustrator take unfortunate liberties with the original material (e.g., Beth as a blonde and the youngest).

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 September #3)

A cozy Christmas with the March clan is on tap in this picture book adapted from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Using accessible but not overly contemporary language (and retaining some of Alcott's phrasings), Frederick turns a holiday-centric episode from the novel into a standalone story brimming with warmth. Admirers of the original will still find much to love, as the characters' personalities and the basic plotlines remain true. Ibatoulline's gouache portraits of family life, often awash in the glow of candlelight, are steeped in 19th-century detail, from the modest dresses and carefully set dinner table to a crackling orange-red fire in the fireplace. Outdoor scenes of the March house and its snowy environs are as crisp and clear as a snap of winter air. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. Illustrator's agent: Nancy Gallt, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 October)

Gr 2–4—From the revisiting of beloved characters to the perfectly captured tone of familial warmth, the "Pleasant Meadows" chapter of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women gets a pleasing picture-book retelling. Prior plot developments—Beth's illness, Jo's shorn hair, and the family's relationship to the boy next door ("Theodore Laurence officially, but Laurie to his friends")—are succinctly woven into the story, heightening the dramatic and emotional holiday heft when the March father finally returns home from war. The gouache art honors the source material with Orchard House, Amy's ringlets, and Father's Union army uniform looking just as they should. If reading Little Women is already a holiday tradition, this is a fine addition to the rotation, especially for younger Alcott fans.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

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