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Jack and Jill

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  2,908 ratings  ·  121 reviews
When best friends, Jack and Jill, tumble off their sled, their injuries cause them to be bedridden for many months. Their parents fill their days with the joys of Christmas preparations, a theatrical production and many other imaginative events.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published April 1999 by Little, Brown and Co. (first published 1880)
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollLittle Women by Louisa May AlcottTreasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonThrough the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis CarrollThe Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
Best Children's Books, 1850-1900
17th out of 61 books — 13 voters
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis StevensonTreasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonA Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Best Books Of The Decade: 1880s
44th out of 185 books — 145 voters

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Rereading books you loved as a child can make you see both; all of the wonderful things in them, and all of the flaws. I think the parts about Temperance passed me by as a kid, maybe I didn't realize the secret society was about forbearing to drink.

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
Aug 05, 2011 Carly marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist
What is up with people criticizing the morals that Louisa May Alcott had in her books, saying it's a good story "except" for the moral talk? Louisa May Alcott was a Christian! Morals are a GOOD thing (gasp) for humans to learn, whatever religion or creed, and I wish there were more authors like her today.

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
I loved this. I read Louisa May Alcott when I was very young but didn't remember much of her books. This was so lively and whimsical with its great cast of characters. People are just not that gracious and loving towards each other anymore so it was nice to visit that time. I loved the ending and how it wrapped up all of the young people's futures.
Laura Peters
When I was thirteen years old, and read and reread this book a hundred times, I'd have given it five stars. The fact that it remains a three star book into adulthood is no small accomplishment for an author from another age.

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
When reading the books of Louisa May Alcott, one must remember that her career was at its zenith a fair while ago. Her creative merits should be viewed in the context of contemporary literature for young readers as it stood when she was active, and that puts a different slant on how her works are to be regarded nowadays. Viewed through that prism, I think that Jack and Jill is a remarkably progressive novel, one that likely stood head and shoulders over nearly any other juvenile stories offered ...more
Old-fashioned? Sure. Out of date? Not at all. Despite being written more than a century ago, this charming and sweet book has some very important themes and messages for today. In classic LMA fashion, this book is meant to be morally inspiring for Tweens and teens who already accept the moral premise of classic conservative Christian values. To evaluate a LMA book outside of that bent is to essentially judge a fish's ability to climb a tree. In my opinion, this book is highly entertaining and in ...more
This is just the sort of story my mother would have read to us growing up. Like Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder and many other wonderful stories for both girls AND boys, this book shares many interesting tales filled with wonderful lessons to be learned. The stories feel real, as if the boys and girls actually lived, and the lessons learned are those young ones can glean from and even laugh at, bringing comfort and encouragement for those tumultuous growing up years. Jack and ...more
Oct 09, 2007 Jenne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I just read an article about this novel ("Missionary Positions: Taming the Savage Girl in Louisa May Alcott's Jack and Jill" by M. Hines), so I wanted to reread the book.

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
February 2010 review:

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
Allot of people said that this book was a little bit 'old fashion', WELL DUH! This book was written along time ago, and takes place a long time ago!!! I would like to add this, which is a book review that I am working on:Jack and Jill went up a hill
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
I recently discovered that iTunes offers many classics for free, perfect for a summer reading trip. Since Louisa May Alcott is a favorite author whose work I haven't (re)read in decades, I immediately downloaded the offerings. This was the first of her books I read because I'd never read it before.

I was disappointed by the characters. It was just a bit too idealistic. The kids were so "gently guided" that I found them unrealistic. I realize that it was a different time but, really, these childre
Just finished something that demanded maximum concentration, hadn't been to the library yet, had this in the Complete Works on kindle...

Gets only two stars because I know I read this as a child and I didn't remember it at all. Reading it as an adult, I mainly notice how Alcott recycles people or incidents from her own past as characters or situations in the books. So here we have the invalid girl (combined here with the tomboy girl), the invalid boy, the too studious boy, the would-be artist, th
I read this when I was 12 or 13 and loved it, though it was quite old-fashion by my friends' reading standards. But I was an old-fashion girl with whom the modern mores never set quite easily.
“Recipes for Young Folks’ Success”

This sentimental LMA novel might well be entitled, LITTLE MEN AND LITTLE WOMEN and reflects the author’s maturity re motherhood and children’s education. In the fictitious hamlet of Harmony Village (hints of Utopia) we meet seven young people whose lives intertwine over the course of a year. Impetuous Jane (known as Jill because she is usually in the company of her older protector, Jack) insists on making one last, daring downhill sledding run on a dangerous c
Laura V.
No me gusta calificar libros "viejos" porque la mayoría han sido escritos respondiendo al contexto de su época, pero en este caso es especial, porque el libro me hizo sudar lágrimas de sangre.
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
Jack and Jill is a charming, lesser-known story by Louisa May Alcott, and it is absolutely full of her wisdom and philosophies about education, parenting, and character. After good-natured Jack and spirited Jill are injured in a sledding accident, their devoted mothers and schoolmates come up with gentle, creative, wonderful ways to keep the two involved and engaged while they are bedridden.

Once Jack and Jill are recovered enough, they spend a summer full of quiet play and wild adventures at th
Jul 14, 2012 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Anna by: Emma Marx
LOVED!! It was one of those books that you don't want to put down!! I was a little dull at times, but overall a great children's book.

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
In her title Jack and Jill, Louisa May Alcott describes it as a "village story." This is what this book felt like. It is written for kids between 12-18 and it ultimately is a very sweet story. My friend who gave me this book told me that this was one of the books that if she were to die early in life she would want her kids to have these to read them when they reach the right ages.

It did feel like a story that showed how it was possible to speak kindly and to love one another and through the co
May 11, 2015 Cora rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Friends
Recommended to Cora by: English teacher
I look at Jack and Jill as a classic. It is about two close friends who get seriously injured and are bedridden for a a few months. Their parents and friends fill their days with Christmas preparations, a play production, and many other exciting events. Overall, this book is a good classic and something you might enjoy reading on a rainy day.
A nice enough story about some teenagers in the USA, written 130 years ago and, given its age, surprisingly up-to-date in some ways. Jack and Jill are close friends despite vastly different social circumstances, and early in the book have a nasty accident while sledging. The book follows them and their friends over the next year, as they convalesce.

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
Two friends have an accident which causes them both to endure a long recovery, during which time they grow in character—this is Louisa May Alcott, after all, and there are passages like this:
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
This was a refreshing book that was pure joy to read. If all Louisa May Alcott's books are really like this, I'll read them all! This book made me think happier and made me want to be like Jill, even as an adult! In all, this book made me very, very, happy.
Trina Talma
I've read this book more times than I can count, ever since I got my copy (which belonged to my mom when she was a kid, so it's over 65 years old) when I was in grade school. This was my first time reading it to my kids though. Although I love it, I only gave it four stars for a few obvious faults. Jill is "tamed" and is grateful to God for "putting her in a cage"? ugh. And Ed dies for apparently the same reason as Beth March: He's too good for this world. Otherwise, it's a fun read and my kids ...more
Eliza Noel
I really enjoyed this book! It was really good. I did get bored at certain parts but I think that's mostly because I had just read An Old Fashioned Girl and should've read something else before starting another Louisa M. Alcott book. I would definitely recommend this one to my friends :)
This is my favorite Louisa May Alcott book. It's innocent and sweet, and the title characters sounded like they were kids I wanted to be friends with.
I will love this children's classic for absolutely ever. It is one of my all-time favorite children's books which I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading recently as an adult. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will always ALWAYS identify with these characters even though they are from a much different time period. The bonds of childhood friendship are precious but very strong. It's a shame people today still don't hold to this code of ethics. :(
This really is a lovely book. I gave it 3 stars because it's a bit slow in places, but it's still lovely.
I missed this book as a child. It is, of course, a little old fashioned but a nice story of young people developing personality and morals.
I get the sense Alcott felt compelled to write several books 'in the style of' Little Women for reasons other than actually having more stories to tell. The March sisters are so alive and complicated and flawed, and don't tend to learn their morals patly at the end of each chapter. Whereas I find the characters of her other childrens' novels -- even in Little Men, and to an extent in Jo's Boys -- to be flat and uninspired, simultaneously precocious and gentle-hearted, sweetly tamed by the ever-w ...more
I own this edition, and cherish it for the illustrations by May Lamberton Becker.
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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
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