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Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys

(Little Women #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  47,077 ratings  ·  1,542 reviews
With two sons of her own, and twelve rescued orphan boys filling the informal school at Plumfield, Jo March -- now Jo Bhaer -- couldn't be happier. But despite the warm and affectionate help of the whole March family, boys have a habit of getting into scrapes, and there are plenty of troubles and adventures in store.
Hardcover, Illustrated Junior Library, 385 pages
Published 1973 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 1869)
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Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Do yourself a favor, o learned reader: if you love Jo from "Little Women" with as much fervor as her progenitor, Bronson Alcott's famed daughter*, then do not read this sequel. Its like the "Go Set a Watchman" of its time. But worse! Uninspired drudge, it makes one compelling argument about why girls lead more substantial, prettier lives than nasty ass booger-faced boys.

* She allows the little ladies-in-a-making cook for & entertain her little men at Plumfield. ENCOURAGES it, voices it. Yuck
There is not another book in all of literature that I hold as dear as this one; I never expect to find another that gives me half as much pleasure. It would be impossible to count how many times I've read it over the years (it has to be dozens and dozens by now), and it remains a locale of constant pilgrimage, as I still return to it at least once a year. I'm always a bit nervous whenever I take it up again that my education of postmodern "isms" will have made me suddenly immune to its charms (a ...more
I adore the book 'Little Women'. I read that when I was much younger. I have read much more widely since then and I have become accustomed to the modern pacing. My point is, I think I would have enjoyed this a little bit more when I was younger.

As a modern reader, pacing and stories have changed. This is a fairly outdated story. It was wonderful characters and lovely language, but it comes off, now, as a bit preachy and slow. The author at one point admits that their isn't a whole lot of plot i
I probably judge Little Men unfairly because, well, it's just not Little Women. I think I was expecting to much of it. I was also upset by, and this is silly, the fact that Jo turned down Teddy's proposal which then led me to view Jo's and the professor's relationship negatively. So it had a big strike against it to start with for me. Let's be honest, it's hard to top something as good as Little Women. I gave it 3 stars, it probably deserved four.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was in the 5th grade, my mother gave me this book. Granted, it was an abridged version for children, but it was a CHAPTER BOOK, and was REALLY LONG, and was the first - absolute first - classic story that I'd ever read. I spent the next two years reading this book over and over again.

I remember having a Snoopy sticker - the nicest sticker I'd ever seen of Snoopy - and stuck it to the front cover of my book to mark it as my own.

30 years later, I read Little Women. Which I loved. And a week
Yusra  ✨
May 03, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t know this existed asdfghkklv
but at the same time, super worried to read this bc I’ll likely not like it :/
I found this book to be even more entertaining and heart-warming than Little Women (and I loved, loved, loved that book!). Little Women, of course, is a pre-requisite to Little Men. However, my 10 year old boy read Little Men first and still absolutely fell in love with the book and all the characters. Now, he is inspired to read Little Women (something he felt sure boys would not read)
My 13 year old girl read Jo's boys (sequel to Little Men)---loved it as well!

Here is my Little Men review I pos
Sep 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed these classic books. They were originally written for older children and the easy language and innocent themes reflect this. This is the 3rd in the Little Women series and follows the lives of grown-up Jo, her husband and the 12 boys and 2 girls that she teaches in her boarding school. It is full of traditional morals and is highly didactic. It is essentially a collection of short stories. As a mother, these books remind me of some of the traditional values that I want to t ...more
Kimiya Roudgar
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book felt so right! There are not lots of books out there that you can say this about.
I could totally feel those old feelings that I used to get when I was first reading Little Women. The atmosphere was so familiar and fortunately, this fact didn't make it a boring read.
My only problem with it was (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!) (I'm gonna give you some space so that you don't accidentally read it) ...
John Brooke's death. I mean, why?!?!???!
Reem Ghabbany
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should have known from the title that this book will not be about my precious girls but about the little boys in Jo's school.
The main characters of little women were scarcely mentioned.
still, I enjoyed this cute book about these goodhearted boys. I enjoyed reading about a jo as a loving mother and wife.
I love how Louisa may Alcott always manages to make her characters this loveable
Little Men is, technically, the sequel to Little Women and picks up a good numbers of years later, after Jo March and her husband, Professor Bhaer, as they start their school at Plumfield, the house that originally was owned by Jo’s Aunt March. The novel opens when Nat, a street-bound boy with an amazing ability to play the violin beautifully, shows up on Jo’s doorstep, and from then on out the story features a stable but large group of kids and their kind and guiding adult influences. The Bhaer ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I re-read Little Women, which resonated with me at age 24 going on 25 in a way that it never did when I was younger, and then since I knew nothing would satisfy me but more Alcott, I decided to keep going, since I'd never read the sequels.

Little Men is utterly charming, and you can tell that Alcott just went to town creating the school of her dreams. I told my mom about it and she said, "It sounds like homeschooling!" Each boy has his education tailored to his interests and abilities, when they
Lovable hoyden Jo from Little Women has grown up and married and, along with her Germanic Bhaer of a husband, now runs a school for boys at Plumfield. In addition to her own children she's got 12 little men that she's lovingly shaping and wants to add some girls to the mix as well. Through a series of vignettes we see Jo and her charges through a series of adventures where the March family continue their almost too good to be true development of "real family values" in post civil war Massachuset ...more
Sep 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, historical
Someone once told me that Little Men was written before Little Women. When she tried to get it published she was refused. She was told that the public wanted a story about young ladies from a woman, not young men. It was after that, that she wrote Little Women. Sometime after that became a huge success she published Little Men...I'm not certain if she found someone to publish it for finally resorted to doing it herself. This motivated me to find and read Little Men which was good....and with th ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was...boring. You can tell Alcott's heart just wasn't into writing this the way it was with Little Women. It's episodic, which doesn't bother me, except that the 'episodes' don't make you feel any closer to any of the characters. The only ones I felt close to were carry-overs from Little Women--Jo, Laurie, Fritz, etc. The kids all sort of blended together after a while, and I wasn't really invested in any of them. Spoiler in this sentence-->The death of John Brooke felt like it was throw ...more
May 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, kindle, fiction
After finishing Little Women, I dove straight into Little Men, the second volume of the series. Little Men continues some years after Little Women left of and details the life of Jo as she and her husband runs a school for young boys.
This is a charming book, almost as charming as Little Women but not quite. It also lacks the depth of the latter and reads more like a series of short stories detailing the lives of the boys attending the school.
I really liked Dan, the young wild boy who has experie
Katelyn Buxton
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is just a lovely little romp, very similar to Little Women, and therefore very warm and comfortable, just like its predecessor. If you like Little Women, you'll like this! It's one of those books that just meanders on, and feels so familiar and charming because it captures the child in all of us.
BAM The Bibliomaniac
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Are adults ever so sincere and giving as Jo and her husband? This was just the sweetest ever! Those dear boys got a family AND they never took if for granted. I dont know if this story could be written today.
Em*Greedy* (Iniya)
A very good read.. Loved reading the journey of Jo's boys and girls... Each one was unique and the way they're taught the virtues in the school is very nice.. A heartwarming read:-) IT's as good as the first book...
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my childhood favorites. I actually read this long before I read "Little Women". Nat was one of my favorite characters. In rereading, I realized that really the book is a series of little stories. There isn't a real overreaching plot--other than watching the boys develop over a short year's time. There's quite a bit of preaching that I completely missed when I read it as a child. All I remembered were the characters and some of the incidents. It's a sweet read about a time and place that n ...more
Moira Russell
I think the last time I read this book was about in 1989 and was surprised at how much of it I remembered. It is rag-tag and episodic, as the author herself freely admits, but genuinely involving. It gets dreadfully sentimental at many points, but so does Dickens. To a modern reader, or at any rate this one, it's interesting how much of it is an apologia for her father and his educational theories (famously his school was closed down; after Louisa's novel became best-seller, his own Record of a ...more
I never realized there was a continuation of the stories and lives of my beloved March family. Therefore it was such a pleasant surprise to reunite with the dear characters once more.

"Little Men" follows Jo Bhaer and her husband in their quest to educate and raise young boys at their school. I was a little disappointed to find that the majority of the March family was forgotten and merely existed as a background story. But as the little women grew up, I guess it was time to focus on a new gener
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
August 2016 - re-listened with the kids

For the last 20 years this book has been one of the greatest influences over my life. The moral lessons, as are commonplace in Alcott's writing, are tender and sweet. The storytelling is so enjoyable. The characters are lovable and easy to invest in. Taken together, however, the effect is downright inspiring. LMA has proven that she knows and loves boys and their pranks as much as she loves girls and their many complexities. I am a better mother, a better t
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this one better than Little Women but not as much as Jo's Boys. I adore Dan from the moment he slouches in, and Tommy Bangs reminds me of my own boy. There's not as much overt moralizing here as in LW, and the scenes of domestic life are somehow a little more vibrant in their cheerful chaos. It's in this book that one really sees how perfect the Professor is for Jo, and how happy she is with a houseful of harum-scarum boys to tend. It's certainly hard to be objective about a book one has ...more
What a delight to read this book in the summer time and the majority of this book took place in the summertime. Oh boys will be boys and that is certainly what this book is about. Jo and her husband have their own children and run a school where there are lots of boys of all ages and each chapter tells of the antics. It was an easy read with the warmth and love that only Louisa May Alcott can write.
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I had to grab just a few books out of my burning house, this would be one of them. I learned more about how to parent and educate my son in this delightful story than I have reading any other book specifically written on those subjects. It is a treasure that I will cherish as long as I remain a parent.
Jun 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theclassics
I mostly remember almost crying through this entire book, because I was so upset that Jo was still married to the old German dude and not Laurie. It was fun to see the March sisters' childen, and the stories about the school were interesting. But there will always be that little part of me that wants Jo and her Teddy to be together . . .
Lauren Cecile
When I was young, I imagined I was one of the March sisters.
Andrea Clarke
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You have got a conscience, even though you are a little boy.”

What a lovely and refreshing read. For all its teaching on virtue and morals, the book isn’t obnoxiously moralizing. Alcott writes in a beautiful and realistic way about the glories of childhood— here is a story I’d love to read aloud someday.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, I just love Alcotts character development and how the boys grown throughout the book. My favorite boy was definitely Dan. Favorite chapter was 14. :) I may have already used some of Mr. and Mrs Bhaer's methods when it comes to speaking truth in our house. :)
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