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Jack and Jill
Louisa May Alcott
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Jack and Jill

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,763 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
When Jack and Jill tumble off of 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.
Published 1972 by Nelson Doubleday, Inc. (first published 1880)
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Although this here Louisa May Alcott novel is in many ways incredibly preachy and moralising, and certainly much more so than her Little Women, and although I always cry my eyes out at one particular part (even more so than when Beth dies in Little Women), I keep rereading and enjoying Jack and Jill.

I am indeed more than well aware and appreciative of the fact that many of the messages presented and promoted in Jack and Jill are rather massively outdated, that there is gender inequality and ob
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seguramente sea un acto ridículo, no debe haber duda de eso, que escriba esto a las casi 5 de la mañana con una jornada laboral de martes por delante. Pero esto es Alcott para mi: si me siento mal y tengo dolor, la segunda medicina luego de la tradicional es un libro de Alcott.

Hace unos días me tenía que operar una muela de juicio. Fue un día de calor y a poco de empezar el proceso se corto la luz. Con anestesia y procesos en curso ¿qué hacer? Rezar, esperar, llorar, asustarte, toda una seguidil
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 05, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 13, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I read an abridged version of this when I was little, which, if I recall, ended with Chapter 18--May Baskets, with the bit about Ed from Chapter 20 being moved to an earlier chapter. So this was the first time that I heard about Frank and Jack Minot's temperance activities, or Pebbly Beach, or the kids taking a break from school for years on the insistence of Mrs. Minot (!), or the ultimate fates of Jill Pecq, Merry Grant, and Molly Loo. Those last six chapters were completely new to me, and the ...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
I've always really liked this book, but haven't read it in decades. Still I found I enjoyed it a lot upon rereading. It's not a didactic as some of Alcott's work, but full of fun and sentiment. The plot revolves around two young neighbors and good friends who get seriously injured in a sledding accident. It follows them and their families and friends through the winter and spring while they recover. There's fun and laughs and also some trouble and sadness. I think what I like best about this boo ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 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.
Kathy Nealen
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pleasant, enjoyable read. Although it featured very well defined gender boundaries, it was probably considered quite liberal in its time.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because Little Women is one of my favorite American-authored classics, I greatly anticipated listening to Jack and Jill: A Village Story by Louisa May Alcott. Like Little Women, Jack and Jill includes well-defined characters and tight-knit family unity. Based on her own childhood experiences, Alcott captures what it was like to grow up in an a very loving family in a small New England town in the 19th century.

The story follows the lives of two 13-year-old neighbors, Jack and Jill. Similar to th
Tove Ford
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like Victorian minutiae and L.M. Alcott
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Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Here we will say good-by to these girls and boys of ours as they sit together in the sunshine talking over a year that was to be for ever memorable to them, not because of any very remarkable events, but because they were just beginning to look about them as they stepped out of childhood into youth, and some of the experiences of the past months had set them to thinking, taught them to see the use and beauty of the small duties, joys, and sorrows which make up our lives, and inspired them to re ...more
Such a sweet book. I love Louisa May Alcott.

Jack and Jill went up a hill to coat with fun and laughter/Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after

Jack and Jill had a sledding accident and various broken bones. While they mend (mostly Jill as she was hurt worst) they and their friends begin the climb from childhood into adulthood. They learn patience in affliction, care for themselves and others, pride in a job well done, and many others. Yes, of course it could be a bit "pre
Nicole Hamilton
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher.

So here is the summary: "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."

The story was kind of cute. As other reviews have noted, the moralism is pretty heavy-handed. The story was not as enjoyable as I r
Carol Arnold
An old fashioned book that rather made me long for the morals and simplicity of long ago! I was particularly interested in Mrs. Minot's homeschooling endeavor and technique. I had never heard of this particular LMA book before. I will probably see what others I have missed out on. It was a little hard for me to follow the train of thought at times. Also some of the 1880's terminology was confusing. All in all a good read.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I FINALLY finished this nothing of a book. I wanted to read something by LMA after I read her biography and found this in a book sale. It was a slice of life story with morality thrown in for good measure. Jack and Jill are friends who are both injured in the same sledding accident and the book covers the following year. I suppose that when it was written, it was just the thing for young kids but it does not hold up to today's standards.
Beth Ruck
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not one of Alcott's more famous works.

A very good story about a group of friends who mature after two of the friends suffer from a bad accident. I recommend it.
Natalie Gamble
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good people working to help one another and do good things while overcoming their imperfections and weaknesses. Loved it.
A little preachy but an interesting look at the activities of young people during Alcott's time. Reflects her moral principals and views on education.
emma grace
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cover-to-cover
With all due respect to Louisa May Alcott, I had a horrible time getting through this book. I was reading this for a book discussion group later in the month and I am having a difficult time deciding why she picked this book. Embarrassingly enough, I've never read Little Women--although I've seen the movie--and so, had no familiarity with Alcott's writing. It's certainly well written but in my humble opinion, just way too tedious. The interesting thing is that it was actually written as a childr ...more
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily M
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As one of Alcott's lesser-known novels, I didn't encounter this book until my teens, when I was already rereading Little Women, Eight Cousins, and the Five Little Peppers books (by Margaret Sidney) with nostalgia rather than pure childlike wonder. Of Alcott's minor books, this one was my favorite. Yes, there's Victorian preachiness, but I liked it better than Jo's Boys or Under the Lilacs. The parents are winsome, the children well-intentioned, and the adventures fairly mild. Yes, Jack and Jill ...more
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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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