Jack and Jill: A Village Story
"Clear the lulla!" was the general cry on a bright December afternoon,
when all the boys and girls of Harmony Village were out enjoying the first good
snow of the season. Up and down three long coasts they went as fast as legs and
sleds could carry them. One smooth path led into the meadow, and here the little
folk congregated; one swept across the pond, where skaters wer
And no one ever accused Louisa of being light handed with the morals. But the strange thing is, her sense of right and wrong is not far off the mark. We would be better people if we learned to protect and care for those around us, if our mother's pri...more
I read books by women like Louisa May Alcott because I wish the world were more like the way she painted it, not this depraved rock we currently live on. I'm putting this one on my to-read list...more
Louisa May Alcott's style is very openly didactic and so grates a little on modern ears. We're used to having our literary sermons served up in more sneaky ways.
The story presented characters that quickly became real and multifaceted to me. I sympathized with their plights a...more
It was definitely more full of those glurgey Victorianisms (wholesome and pure!) than I remember, but when I was younger I just read these books pretty much at face value and didn't really think about the imperialist subtext and what have you.
I still can't quite tell if she's being serious with some of the moralizing. I want to...more
Jack and Jill are two friends who are always together, hence the nicknames Jack and Jill. Jack and Jill really do fall down a hill, but not from fetching a pail of water. They are on a sledding expedition with lots of other children. Jill persuades Jack to go down a steep and dangerous part of the hill, because a boy called Joe told her she couldn't do it. Jack consents reluctantly to go down three times with her. The first two go well enough, but the third has disastrous e...more
To coast with fun and laughter;
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.
Jack and Jill is a fiction book written by Louisa May Alcott. Jill is considered a wild child, but by the end of the book she is more of a proper lady, Jack...more
Todo lo que contaba la historia me sonaba a sermón.
Y todo lo que pasaba de malo a Jill debía de servirle de lección y aprender de sus errores, y ser mejor persona; Y que sus esfuerzos se vería recompensados con bondad..
y tantas, tantas lecciones de conducta..
Que las niñas debía de ocuparse de la casa, de ma...more
Once Jack and Jill are recovered enough, they spend a summer full of quiet play and wild adventures at th...more
Jack and Jill is about two children that have an accident on a sled and their recovery. It is not what it seems, only very loosely based on the nursery rhyme and not in the LEAST childish.
Jill is an impulsive, tom-boy like girl who sleds down a hill on a dare, with her friend Jack. In the process they both fall off and Jack "breaks his crown" and Jill gets an in...more
It did feel like a story that showed how it was possible to speak kindly and to love one another and through the co...more
Subtitled 'a village story', it's mostly gentle, with a fair amount of authorial intrusion, some of it rather preachy, at least to modern ears, and...more
Jill's Speller...was seldom looked at, and Jack shirked his Latin shamefully...both were rather the worse for so much idleness, since daily duties and studies are the wholesome bread which feeds the mind better than the dyspeptic plum-cake of sensational reading, or the unsubstantial bon-bons of frivolous a...more
I purchased the Kessinger Publishing print because it was what Borders had and I had a Borders gift card to spend, but it is so full of misprints (whole sections and paragraphs are repeated) and typos that I frankly can't understand how a publisher could char...more
Enquiring minds want to know…what happened to Mr. Minot? Janey's father died in Canada, but the Minots seem set for life, with no mention of a father.
This book actually gave me a few things to think about in terms of the home education that my son is receiving.
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)
Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t...more