Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott
Illustrated by Ed Martinez

The trials and triumphs of four adolescent girls growing up in late nineteenth-century New England come alive in this beautiful new edition of Alcott's classic

Set in New England during the Civil War, Little Women is a lively, moving portrait of four very different young women: Meg, the eldest, is steady, open-hearted and reliable; Jo is smart, fiery and independent, born to challenge society's expectations; Beth, confined by constant ailments, is a young woman of irresistible, loving warmth; and Amy, the youngest, is beautiful, spoiled and headstrong, equal to Jo in spirit if not in intellect. With their father off at war, the girls and their mother maintain the household with hard work and determination, each following her own heart and inclinations. Conflicts and jealousies arise when Laurie, the attractive young man next door, becomes a frequent visitor; Beth's deteriorating health, a constant reminder of the preciousness of life, binds them together in love and sorrow. The girls' fierce loyalty to the family not only colors the present but inevitably shapes the futures of each sister. With its insights into the sometimes painful process of growing up, Little Women resonates with a truth and compassion that will appeal to every reader.

Evocative, richly-hued oil paintings capture the depth, sensitivity, and mood of the adolescent Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in this gift-book edition of Little Women. The complete original 1868-69 text of this beloved story is presented in a contemporary classic design with two-color printing throughout on rich ivory text paper, and 16 magnificent full-color illustrations printed on heavy glossy stock. This deluxe edition will engage and delight children of today.

7 1/2 x 9 1/4 in., 352 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-203-9
$25.00 U.S., $40.00 Canada

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