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The Quiet Little Woman: Tilly's Christmas, Rosa's Tale : Three Enchanting Christmas Stories

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Introducing a newly discovered original Christmas story from Louisa May Alcott -- the beloved author who has entertained generations of readers with Little Women, Little Men, and other enchanting tales. The Quiet Little Woman is about a lonely orphan girl named Patty, whose only desire is for a family to love her. Her tender story will warm the hearts of readers young and ...more
Hardcover, 122 pages
Published September 19th 1999 by Honor Books
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Bonnie
Jan 10, 2012 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
After reading 'Little Women', Carrie, Maggie, Nellie, Emma and Helen Lukens, young girls from Massachusetts, founded a home produced magazine called 'Little Things.' While the magazine produced by the March women was written in their own hand using goose quill pens, these industrious sisters managed to find a printer to build their circulation.

Miss Alcott sent a letter of congratulations to the Lukens sisters. in fact her interest in this little newspaper, and it's ever growing circulation, was
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Mindy
Jan 09, 2015 Mindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
A refreshing return to strong, positive morals. Just have to keep in mind that stories like this are not meant to be realistic but to teach the ideal, and then they're very appreciated. The intro (a brief history of how these stories were written for a little family newspaper like the one in Little Women) was fascinating, and I nearly cried on every page of the first and second stories because of the sweet tenderness of the little girls. What good examples to us! I want to read other Louisa May ...more
M. M. Sana
Jul 22, 2009 M. M. Sana rated it liked it
This book contains the lost short stories of Louisa May Alcott. In the introduction Stephen W. Hines informs us that Carrie, Maggie, Nellie, Emma and Helen Luken were a big fan of Alcott's Little Women and were inspired to begin their own version of the Pickwick Portfolio called Little Things. Unlike the characters of Little Women, the Luken sisters actually found someone to professionally print their home-produced magazine and had some well known names subscribe. Louisa May Alcott congratulated ...more
Tarissa
Feb 02, 2010 Tarissa rated it it was amazing
This one book features 3 lovely Christmas stories, each penned by Louisa May Alcott.

Timid Patty is a small girl who has been adopted into a new family. Her story (entitled "The Quiet Little Woman") is the first one in this book.
Instead of considering Patty as a daughter, the new family treats her like a servant, always making her do the extra work around the house. Patty only has one small glimmer of love around her--and it's 20 miles away. Can the Christmas spirit bring love & joy closer t
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Ann Keller
Nov 12, 2015 Ann Keller rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-general
I never read these three little stories by Louisa May Alcott, but I really enjoyed them. There is a moral to each one and these would be perfect for younger readers.
Marcy
Jul 25, 2008 Marcy rated it really liked it
This was a short, quick read book. Louisa May Alcott's books always have tons of meaning within her pages. These 3 short stories were very much that way, always causing me to reflect on things I can do differently, ways to improve the way I treat others. I found myself trying to think of others that maybe I could help & encourage. Rosa's Tale was about a talking horse, but truly not only made me think of the treatment of animals, but also the treatment of people. Just over 100 pages, so a ve ...more
Laura Verret
A collection of Christmas stories from renowned author, Louisa May Alcott.

The Stories.

The Quiet Little Woman. Patty had lived at the orphanage for as long as she could remember. She had watched other prettier, bolder girls be chosen by families to either be adopted or work as a servant. But no one has ever wanted Patty before! Oh, will she ever be chosen?

Tilly’s Christmas. What is that in the snow? Is it a purse? Tilly and her mother could certainly use the money for the oncoming winter. But the
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Linda
Dec 18, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it
A small treasure of three short stories that revolve around Christmas. Tilly's Christmas was my favorite, but they are all beautiful and speak of the true spirit of Christmas.
Ketti
Dec 18, 2015 Ketti rated it really liked it
Perfect little trio of Christmas stories by Louisa May Alcott, simply charming. My favorite was The Quiet Little Woman.
Quotes – “But God knew, and when the time came, He remembered Patty and sent her the help she so desperately needed. Sometimes when we least expect it, a small cross proves a lovely crown, a seemingly unimportant event becomes a lifelong experience, or a stranger becomes a friend.’
- “By cheerfully taking whatever comes, by being helpful and affectionate to all, and by wasting n
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Rebecca (everyday reader)
Heartwarming Christmas tales. Full of miracles, magic, and love. I love it!
Katie
Dec 05, 2010 Katie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, childrens-lit, 1860s
Anyone approaching this book expecting to read something like Louisa May Alcott’s far more famous Little Women is likely to be equally disappointed, I’m afraid. I found Little Women to be charming and hearwarming yet, although The Quiet Little Woman and Tilly’s Christmas (the first two stories in the collection) follow a similar narrative trajectory of poor but worthy girls finding love, warmth and happiness through their own selfless actions, they never achieved this end and so came across as r ...more
Dianne
Oct 13, 2011 Dianne rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
How can you go wrong with the gentle writing of Louisa May Alcott?

You can't, and as I anticipated, this little book was a joy to read. It contains three touching stories about young girls at Christmastime: The Quiet Little Woman, Tilley's Christmas and Rosa's Tale. The writing is bright and wholesome, like a breath of fresh air that makes you wish it wouldn't end just yet. I'd love to read this book aloud to a child.

The stories are sweet, typical Alcott. The first is about a girl in an orphanage
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Laura (booksnob)
Dec 30, 2010 Laura (booksnob) rated it liked it
Shelves: literature, 2010
Louisa May Alcott is one of my favorite writers so when I found this volume of Holiday stories in a thrift store, I quickly grabbed it. It is a lovely combination of three short stories that focus on the lives of teenage girls. Each story imparts moral lessons with Christmas as the backdrop. This is a very short volume of Louisa May Alcott's work that can easily be read in one sitting or read aloud to children.

These three stories were written for a home-produced magazine called Little Things. Li
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Melissa W
Mar 27, 2014 Melissa W rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Jayne's Books.

It was a nice light read. Granted the book was very short and the book only took me less than 12 hours of reading time to complete, but it was still a nice diversion from the heavier books that are awaiting me. I find it interesting that these three stories were only discovered quite recently and that Ms. Alcott took the time to pen these stories for the Lukens girls and their little publication, which was inspired by the paper that the March girls made in Li
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Becki
This book is actually composed of several short stories Louisa May Alcott sent to a family of girls. The girls were inspired by the March sisters literary society and paper written about in Little Women. When they wrote to Ms. Alcott to share their admiration, she wrote them back.\nThe short stories carry Christmas as a theme and are quick reads. They are well-written little tales of charity and kind hearts.\n ...more
Monica
Jul 15, 2011 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, fiction, christmas
I have not read any works by Louisa May Alcott before and found these three stories quite enchanting. This book is short stories that once appeared in a newspaper. The Quiet Little Woman is Patty's Christmas story. She is an orphan who is eager to be adopted. When she is adopted she is treated as a servant. She bonds with the aunt of the family and reveals things to her that she doesn't reveal to her adoptive family.

Tilly's Christmas is the story of a poor girl Tilly and how she keeps a happy d
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Alleluialu
Dec 02, 2011 Alleluialu rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
This book is a collection of three precious little Christmas stories by Louisa May Alcott. Louisa wrote them for five girls who began as fans but ended up dear friends of hers. The stories are perfect for the Christmas season and tell of awakening to the plight of others and being generous in order to ease their troubles. My favorite was "Tilly's Christmas" and told of a little girl who found an injured bird on the path and took it home to take care of. Her friends didn't think she should be she ...more
Shelley
Dec 10, 2008 Shelley rated it liked it
Five sisters read Little Women, were inspired to start their own in-house literary paper, and wrote to LMA about it. She, in turn, wrote them a few stories to include in their paper. The stories went missing for about a century before being found and published by a Christian publishing house.

The first two stories were charming and sweet, if overly moralistic. Very reminiscent of LM Montgomery's Christmas with Anne stories, complete with orphans and poverty and shining goodness reaping rewards. D
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Laura
Sep 30, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young readers
I love the story behind the three stories which were submitted by three young women and the authore
did an awesome job of melding in hs book so that the stroes are good on their own but they aso
guided from one story to the next. I could have continued reading but threstories was all there was.
Mariah
Dec 18, 2014 Mariah rated it liked it
This was more interesting than intriguing or profound literature. These stories were once published in magazines and later discovered and re-published as a collection. They are quite simple, but still I'd recommend if you liked Little Women.
Wendy
Jul 26, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it
This is a lovely short book with 3 stories written by Louisa May Alcott. The first 2 stories were very touching stories about the lives and hardships of 2 different girls and how their own Christmas miracles affected their lives. Both quite enjoyable stories which will bring a tear to your eyes.

The third story I did not really enjoy. It is about a chance encounter between a girl, and a horse who is endowed with the power of speech for one hour at midnight on Christmas Eve. We hear the story of
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elliereads
Aug 31, 2014 elliereads rated it liked it
The first story was cute. The second story was very good, and I'd like to read it to my students come December, and the last story was dull. So average it out, in a way, and the book earns three stars from me.
Brittany Z
Nov 25, 2015 Brittany Z rated it it was amazing
Three charming short stories about Christmas by Louisa May Alcott. They aren't extrordinary stories, but heartwarming tales about simpler times. As usual, they focus around family, compassion, and hope.
Faithann
Apr 03, 2012 Faithann rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
After reading Little Women, the Luken girls (Carrie, Maggie, Nellie, Emma, and Helen) were inpired by the March girls to start a small publication of their own, Little Things. The Luken girls wrote to Louisa May Alcott, to which Louisa responded to them by writting a short story for their home-produced magazine. Unlike the March girls, the Luken girls did find someone to publish their magazine, and they were able to send out subscriptions, Louisa May Alcott being one of the subscribers. This boo ...more
Heidi Kelsch
Jan 01, 2016 Heidi Kelsch rated it it was amazing
Such cute little stories with the typical Louisa writing. The children in each story have such character and each story shows deep love in a different way. The stories are sure to touch your heart.
Mrs.
Feb 17, 2011 Mrs. rated it liked it
November/December MSJA Book Club selection. Louisa May Alcott's Christmas stories collected in this charming volume are old-fashioned and sentimental. In "The Quiet Little Woman," Patty, a lonely orphan, longs to find the love and sense of belonging a real family can offer. Written for a nineteenth century girls' magazine, the somewhat saccharine holiday story seems dated and simplistic to twenty-first century readers. The girls in the Book Club did not like Patty and they felt her problems were ...more
Kerry
Jan 26, 2015 Kerry rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. Got it read in about ab hour and a half. Good lessons in the book. Should be read by all.
Tanya
Dec 24, 2014 Tanya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
this little collection of stories is very heartwarming and very appropriate for the holidays. I loved it!
Rachel
Dec 26, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
Misleading cover--actually 3 stories. Would be good to read with the kids next year.
Cris Mtz
Jan 28, 2016 Cris Mtz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Esta historia literal me la encontré en oferta, no he encontrado otras ediciones en español más que la que tengo en mi estantería. Dichos cuentos cortos, que la propia Alcott escribe a 5 chicas que se comunicaron a ella por medio de cartas y que le refieren que crearon un periódico familiar similar al que Jo, Meg, Beth y Amy realizaban para pasar sus momentos de ocio. Tales cuentos fueron el regalo a tan espléndido detalle, y que durante mucho tiempo los relatos de la pequeña mujercita quedaron ...more
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