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

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  816 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
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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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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Heartwarming Christmas tales. Full of miracles, magic, and love. I love it!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jul 20, 2016 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
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
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
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
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
Nov 03, 2011 Estella rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed re-reading this book, which is comprised of three Christmas-themed short stories written by Louisa May Alcott in the 1870's as a gift for five young girls, the Lukens sisters, who were ardent fans of Alcott's best-selling novel, "Little Women". Alcott's books, especially "Eight Cousins", "Rose in Bloom", and "Little Women", have been favorites of mine since childhood. The three stories in this book are typically Alcott, each with a strong moral message, beautifully written. A delight!
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
Allison Fetch
Dec 03, 2013 Allison Fetch rated it really liked it
The first two tales in the book deserve five stars, but the last I would only rate a three. The first two, centered around an orphan and a poor girl, told beautiful tales of love and caring on Christmas. The third was very like an abbreviated Black Beauty and just didn't grab me with the same power as the other tales. I am a huge fan of this author and when I stumbled on this little volume had to pick it up. It only took about an hour and a half to read and really got me into the Christmas spiri ...more
Mar 21, 2013 Cathi rated it liked it
This is a children's book, which I found at a Hallmark store and couldn't resist buying for two reasons: one, the illustrations are beautiful and charming, and two, I love Louisa May Alcott. The story is not outstanding, but it's tender and sweet. I'm sure that this is a book I'll pass on to my daughter, Emma, because it reminds me of something she would enjoy and would want to read to her future children someday. :)
Dec 11, 2007 Andrea rated it it was ok
This was our December book for book group. I feel sort of bad only giving it two stars, but the last story didn't do anything for me. There were three short stories, and I'm having a hard time remembering the details. The last story was about a talking horse. I hope the discussion tomorrow night will remind me of the stuff I liked. The first two stories were good, but . . . like I said, can't remember the details.
Dec 16, 2013 Musiquedevie rated it liked it
A pleasant and lovely read. The first two stories were sweet (my favorite of the 3 was Tilly's Christmas) but the last one was tedious. Overall a very quick read and one that has nice life lessons. However, I could've done without the publisher's asides before and after the stories as they were quite preachy and (I know this isn't a word but...) soapbox-y. Despite his comments, this is a nice collection of lesser known stories for any fan of the great Louisa May Alcott.
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
Apr 17, 2009 Alexandria rated it liked it
Favorite quote from the Quiet Little Woman:
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.

From Tilly's Christmas:
The best and dearest of all Christmas angels is called 'Charity.'
Joanne G.
Jun 02, 2012 Joanne G. rated it liked it
Shelves: b-library, classic
Short stories don't allow for development of characters which is problematic in writing a moralistic tale of continual goodness eventually being rewarded. I love Louisa May Alcott--Little Women is one of my favorite books ever--but these aren't her best works.

The three short stories are very charming, but they are too sugary.
Jul 22, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, quick read! Patty longs for a family to love & who will love her. Along the way, her longing to prove herself worthy of "her folks", whom she's sure will one day return & claim her from the orphanage, her character is defined and runs deep. She faces obliged servitude to a family that finally discovers her true & loving, generous self. Finally, she is HOME!
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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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