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The Quiet Little Woman: A Christmas Story

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,270 ratings  ·  206 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, 4th Printing, 122 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Honor Books (first published September 1st 1999)
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Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Montgomery, Alcott and Age of Innocence fans
This was my first introduction to Louisa May Alcott - a shocking admission, since it means I have yet to read the well-known and highly praised Little Women. This sweet collection of short stories includes The Quiet Little Woman, Tilly's Christmas and Rosa's Tale. It's the perfect short, cute little kind of book to read in front of the fireplace curled up in a blanket and drinking hot chocolate. The three stories are simple but heart-warming, and will make you believe in the magic of Christmas a ...more
Julie  Durnell
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three sweet old-fashioned good stories with happy endings and moral lessons learned!
Luisa Knight
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Louisa was asked by several sisters to write them a short story to put in their newsletter. She accommodated and that's how these short little stories came about!

I thought the first two stories were nice but didn't care for the the third - it was kind of boring and from a horses point of view.

Ages: 8+

Cleanliness: "goodness" is said and people dance together.

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Rebekah Morris
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
This little book has 3 stories in it.

The Quiet Little Woman
Such a tender story. Patty is an orphan and so sweet. I wanted to take her home with me and shower her with love. I was glad when Aunt Jane does–something. (I can't say what or it would give the story away.) Altogether a delightful, Christmas read.

Tilly's Christmas
I can't decide if this one or first story is my favorite. I absolutely loved Tilly and her kind heart. Such a sweet, little Christmas story!

Rosa's Tale
This is my least favorite
Jan 10, 2012 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
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a precious set of short stories. Any fan of Louisa May Alcott would love them! What a great way to start off the Christmas season! 🎄
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Its cute... kind of. Each narrative does have its appeal but over all, it felt like meh. Except for the 2nd story, Tilly's Christmas. I loved that one and it felt like it had the most potential to be something more, at least to me.
Mindy Miller
Aug 05, 2013 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
Chrys Fey
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three heartfelt Christmas stories with great lessons that we should all remember during this time of the year. I teared up at least once while reading each of these short stories.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Heartwarming Christmas tales. Full of miracles, magic, and love. I love it!
Hemavathy DM Suppiah
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a little story comes along, with a great moral delivered in a kindly and compassionate manner. And it hits you in the feels. I cried like a baby after reading Patty's story. A Quiet Little Woman preaches ever so gently the need for compassion, kindliness, and charity. That the weak, the poor, the lame, the frightened, the sad, they are well deserving of our love. Thhe greatest charity of all is the charity that is performed anonymously. When you help someone and nobody knows, then you ...more
Stormi (Bewitched Reader)
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novellas, christmas
The Quiet Little Woman is an adorable short Christmas story. I listened to this for free on Hoopla and the narration held my attention and didn't make me feel like I was being read to. I will definitely keep the other Louisa May Alcott Christmas novellas in mind when I want something quick and sweet to listen to.
Macayla Fryc
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The adorable kind of stories to read to kids during the Christmas season.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
LMA is so not my cuppa.
M. M. Sana
Jul 22, 2009 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 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
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, classics, christmas
Lovely book with 3 stories in it. Great Christmas read.
Jul 25, 2008 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
Ann Keller
Nov 05, 2015 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.
Dec 17, 2010 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.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This sweet short book was a feel good collection of three short stories. The first was a story about an orphan girl, Patty, who longed to leave the orphanage. Finally she goes home with a family, but at first they treat her as an outsider. Aunt Ellen points out the girl's finer qualities and she becomes part of the family. The second story is about Tilly who expects nothing for Christmas because she is very poor. She is surprised on Christmas morning when everything she wants is on the doorstep. ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you ever go wrong with Louisa May Alcott? I was unfamiliar with this short story of hers, which she sent to a family of sisters who were publishing their own magazine. I suppose any story of an orphan who longs for a loving home is going to tug at my heartstrings, but Alcott really draws the reader into the quiet character of Patty. The character of Aunt Jane is a saint, and every struggling child needs someone like her in their lives. This is the kind of book that uplifts, and makes the rea ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Nostalgia was the reason I picked up The Quiet Little Woman at our local library book sale. I loved Alcott’s books as a child, and thought the twenty-five cents price couldn’t be beat. It also had a Christmas theme, which was timely. Unfortunately, the book was a big disappointment. Times have changed and so have my views about girls being encouraged to be “quiet” and/or “little”. I found the book to be anything but charming. The writing was OK, but the values were not. This one is going to back ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-challenge
Three charming Christmas stories by the author of Little Women comprise this small volume. The title story was published in a private publication by five sisters inspired by the "Pickwick Papers" created by the March sisters in Little Women. The story was a gift to them by Alcott and was never formally published until the late 20th century. All three stories are old-fashioned and infused with 19th-century sensibility, but perfect as small Christmas tales. My favorite is the one about a horse who ...more
MK ( Makayla)
This was a lovely little trio of short stories ! They had the little women feel to them ....poor girls ...or horse ( in the last book ) who are sweet and kind and undeserving of their circumstances .
The first is about a orphan .
The second about a poor school girl , this one was my favorite she reminded me so much of sweet Beth from little women ❤
The third book is about a talking horse .
Thanks for reading 😊
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Three Christmas stories. The first, "The Quiet Little Woman," is a short story that was found in an old magazine by a reader after many years. Other stories are "Tilly's Christmas" and "Rosa's Tale." The book includes a short analysis of the three stories, commentary by the editor, and a brief biographical sketch of the author.
Carolyn Page
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Not related to the "Little Women" we know and love, this is a little novella about a good girl who does good things and eventually it starts coming back to her. At any time other than Christmas, this book might fall flat, but it's exactly the sort of story that will warm the old-fashioned reader's heart as she sips her cocoa and wiggles her toes in cozy socks.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This collection of three ‘lost’ stories by Louisa May Alcott is a quick and delightfully charming read. Those who love LMA’s writing will happily and gratefully zip through this and feel lifted and refreshed at its end. The illustrations are lovely and one can’t help but admire Miss Alcott all the more after reading Mr. Hines’s notes.
Beckie McKeethan
“La PequeÑa Mujercita” was a good book for me to read in Spanish, because the vocabulary was not too sophisticated for me, and it’s easier for me to understand Spanish translated from English than Spanish literature in its original form.

There are 2 other short stories with this one. They don’t compare to “Little Women,” but they are nice reads.
Anna Lorraine
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cired so much in the first story. I didn't expect that. But then it's Louisa May Alcott. Lol. As always, she delivers. I will surely bw reading more ofher stories now that Little Women is one of my favorites and Patty's story or The Quiet Little Woman from this little brilliant book.
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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