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Large Format for easy reading. By the author of Little Women. Tells the story of Polly, the old-fashioned girl, her friendship with the wealthy Shaws of Boston and the lessons she learns about happiness and riches.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Dodo Press (first published 1869)
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Aishwarya Dhaigude Well of course there is, but not enough romance to call it a romantic novel.
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Kwesi 章英狮
I'm one of the biggest fans of Louisa May Alcott after reading her Little Women when I was in high school. It was an amazing book that every girls and boys would love and cherish until end and it was one of the greatest classics that I read since I started reading. This time, Louisa May Alcott turned the old pages of this book into a magnificent old-fashioned story. Real and fluent in a way that every reader will appreciate the old ways and life of Polly Milton.

Me, myself is an old-fashioned. I
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Loretta
Cute story but I did not enjoy it as much as Little Women.
Starry
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
Holy sermonizing, Batman! This isn't just an old-fashioned story, it's an old-fashioned way to tell a story -- heavy-handed preachiness in which dear little Polly, daughter of a poor minister, inspires morality among wealthy Bostonians, pleases her elders with her goodness and simplicity, and spreads joy to everyone in her path.
As subtle as a tornado.

If you can get past the preaching, the story has its charms. It shares some sweet elements with Little Women -- a spirited American girl grows up
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Hallie
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I could never quite stomach Little Women, as a child or adult, but An Old-Fashioned Girl has all the positives of LW with less sentimentality, a proper romance with the right person, and social commentary I found much more powerful and direct than LW's. I loved it when I was young, reread it many times, and loved reading it to the girls.

Then when I was doing my second-time round studying, and we read Portrait of a Lady, I had a Moment of profound significance. Okay, neither profound nor really s
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Description: Tells the story of Polly, the old-fashioned girl, her friendship with the wealthy Shaws of Boston and the lessons she learns about happiness and riches.

Laure
I read 'Little Women' a long time ago and loved that book. Ok, I was much younger then. However, I cannot help but being disappointed by 'An Old-Fahsioned Girl'. The story is very sweet but marred by the narrator's preachy comments. They intrude on the story so much.
I could not help smiling at times at some of them. 'Plus ca change'! Blaming the youth for their apparent lack of purpose and superficiality etc. Glad to know that our well meaning set have been at it for more than a century now. :P
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Retna
Sep 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any young girls who believes in being sincere
This book left me with such a happy feeling as a kid and I know I would still love this book when I read it again. It's like watching "The Sound of Music", you want to find comfort in it when the world dissapoints you, because you will be reminded that no matter what, being sincere and true to yourself will pay (and surely will get the boy/ the man you fall for!). Of course when you went to high school, you might learn another thing, that inner beauty didn't always prevail, thanks to the boys' h ...more
Anne Osterlund
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Polly Milton is a fourteen-year-old country girl raised on old-fashioned values and invited to Boston for an extended stay with her friend, Fanny Shaw. Quite the unlikely friendship since Fanny, despite being only two years older, is no longer just a girl, not poor, and not old-fashioned. Little does Polly know the breakers which lie ahead: flounces and frizzles and the height of fashion, girls who consider flirtation the true purpose of schooling, and one particularly beastly red-headed boy who ...more
Abigayle Claire
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This will forever be one of my favorite books (tying with The Scarlet Pimpernel). I love and relate to Polly so, so much and I think her plight of having to remain secure in who she is, is something girls of today can still relate to. None of the characters are perfect, but their interactions and desire to be better makes the book very compelling as it follows Polly's visits to her (very different) friend, Fanny's, house. It's similar to some of Alcott's other works because of the strong life le ...more
Patience
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I've read it once before, several years ago, but I didn't remember much of it and it was fun to go through it again - especially now that I appreciate all the lessons tucked into "Old Fashioned Girl". Polly Milton rather reminded me of Pollyanna in a way - she comes to the city to visit her best friend Fanny Shaw and brings the sunshine with her to a rich but struggling household. She is a blessing to those around her, and her old-fashioned ways turn out to be the best as Polly ...more
Ann
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I confess I've only read Part One a few times, but I must have read Part Two at least a dozen. I'm not sure I can quite explain why a piece of juvenile fiction that suffers from no pretensions of being a great work of art is one of my absolute favorite books, but it is. There is something beautiful to me about the simplicity of the characters, the straightforward and unapologetic morality, and the everyday historical tidbits sprinkled through this book.
Dayna
Aug 06, 2007 rated it liked it
This is one of Louisa May Alcott's lesser known novels, but it is a good one ... in my opinion it's one of her best. I read it back when I was thirteen and I think it really shaped my adolescence. I kind of embraced being old fashioned because of this book. Polly is so thrifty and I loved the idea of being creative and saving money, especially as a poor teenager.

It's a good book ... especially for younger girls, or older ones that like remembering simpler times.
Olivia
When this first started, I wondered why I loved this book so much years ago (I always saw this title and thought, "I LOVE that book" although I couldn't remember a thing about it)! Polly didn't seem very endearing in her young years, but the chapter where six years have passed, I begin to enjoy her merits much more. And yes, she became very endearing.

What a sweet tale, with a lovely, classic style of writing. I've always loved Louisa May Alcott's way of describing things, and she brought this st
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Josiphine/Tessa
Ah, I love this book. For some reason the first time I go sledding each winter it makes me think of that two-page sledding scene (not Jack and Jill for some obscure reason) and I read it all over again. My only real complaint is that Polly is pretty nearly perfect and the last chapter devolves into utter sap--though Alcott apologizes very prettily for it first. Just good.

March 2017: I think that this is the worst of Alcott's books as far as the technical aspects go, but I still really enjoy read
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Este tipo de libros me encantan. Recuerdo que la lectura de Mujercitas fue muy especial para mí, adoraba a Teddy y Jo era mi favorita. Habré leído esa novela unas siete veces a lo largo de mi preadolescencia, hasta que presté el libro a una amiga y nunca me lo devolvió. Hace unos años me lo compré de nuevo, pero en otra edición (lo que me dolió mucho). Cuando vi a Una chica a la antigua reeditado, no pude evitar quererlo inmediatamente. Son novelas diferentes y par
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Do you ever feel like you are tied up in our times? Worrying too much about cell phones, fashions, and the latest whatevers? This book can set you straight. It gives you a peace of mind and fills you with simple pleasures.

The stories main character, Polly, we meet at the age of 14. She has come to stay with rich friends for a while. THey do everything so differently from she. The family has two daughters. One that is two years older than Polly called Fan, who cares for fashion, balls, and beaus
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Sara
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Re-reading September 2016


Nov 2013:

ALouisa May Alcott classic and deservedly so. Many reviewers warned of the disconnect between the first and second section. The first portion of the book was originally written in serial and the second portion was the conclusion of the story making it printable as a book. Some reviewers complained that the break of six years between the two sections was awkward. I do not agree with that concern. While I agree that the two sections do read differently from each o
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Sarah
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been slowly making my way through this novel for a while. True, this book isn't as strong as her other stories, I always love Alcott. In our world, differences between men and women or discouraged. One of the things I love about Alcott's stories is good girls were homemakers and did womanly things, but it didn't make her girls weak.

This was such a sweet, simple story.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Written the year after Little Women, and it shows. I had never read this book until now (thank you Gutenberg) and I see I haven't missed much. It seems to be a recycling of themes from LW, in particular Meg's visit to the wealthy Gardiners and her experiences at their balls and parties, as a "poor relation" (though unrelated). We also find themes that will come into their own in Rose in Bloom: the strong-minded women who are still "little womanly" enough to find their real fulfillment, not in th ...more
Juli Anna
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit
This was a pleasant surprise. Alcott's writing is still pretty 19th-century sentimental to the modern reader, but you get used to it after a bit. I think the main reason her books (including this one) have stood the test of time, despite their archaic style, is that her characters are so lovably imperfect. Watching them strive for moral improvement may be arduous for some, but is inspiring and relatable for me and many other readers. Alcott's sense of humor is delightfully homespun and (unlike o ...more
aljouharah altheeyb
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
من يتذكر مسلسل العولمة السعودي ؟
طوال سماعي للرواية بطلة المسلسل تذكرني بمنيره في العولمة. البنت القروية الجادة الطيبة القويه المثابره الصبوره خخخ

الرسالة أيضاً مشابهه : الأخلاق الأصيلة هي مايبقى، المال يزول، الجاه يزول، الحب قد يتغير، لكن الأخلاق وحسن العمل باقيان لايتغيران.
روايه كيوت
SoManyBooks SoLittleTime (Aven Shore)
Ok, it was slightly better than Little Women, maybe because there were fewer of them to be relentlessly testing my gag reflex with their moralizing and aspirations to goodness.

My second star comes from a whole two pages, a scene that almost doesn't fit with the rest of the book, where LMA gives a glimpse into her changing time, and the future: Becky is sculpting a woman "bigger, lovelier, and more imposing" than any other women of the day.

One "set" of Polly's friends are artists and writers wi
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aithusa
Romanzo molto tenero e dolce, ma soprattutto con un messaggio profondo, importante ed estremamente attuale che potrebbe sembrare scontato ma che, in realtà, tanto scontato non è. La felicità non va ricercata nelle cose materiali che sono caduche ma nell'amore per le piccole cose, nella famiglia, nell'amicizia.
Un romanzo che dovrebbero leggeri tutti, soprattutto i giovani ma anche noi adulti perchè tutti avremmo bisogno di riscoprire i veri valori.
Miss Leila
Mar 07, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The name of the book seems to suit me very well, heh.
Mimi
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenagers
This is exactly the style of writing that I grew up reading and the kind of book that I love. I am not sure how I missed it previously when in Louisa May Alcott stages, but I had never even heard of it. Luckily for me, the librarians had it on display at my library a week or so ago.

I appreciated many aspects of this novel. Most of what I love is summed up by Alcott herself in the preface: "If the history of Polly's girlish experiences suggests a hint or insinuates a lesson, I shall feel that, in
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Carol
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alcott, ya-fiction
Polly Milton, a 14 years old girl from the country, goes to live with her significantly wealthier aunt, uncle, and two cousins in the city. In the first half of the novel, the saintly Polly imparts morals on her two somewhat spoiled cousins. Tom and his younger sister Fanny are basically good kids who have been overindulged by their parents and are now en route to becoming full-fledged brats. Polly, with her gently delivered lessons, saves them from this fate.

The second half, published separate
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Tarissa
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute delight.

Another book by Louisa May Alcott, which showcase strong morals for young girls, similar to and closely rivaling even Little Women (in my humble opinion) for quality. What an impact a quaint book like this can bring.

It's an emotional one, for sure; Polly Milton endures a lot throughout the story, and the reader endures it to right alongside her. In my heart, I truly felt for our young heroine at many climactic points. I guess I must be a little old-fashioned myself, and would
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Phoebes
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E’ il primo vero romanzo che ho letto, e gli sono affezionatissima! Questa è stata per me la terza o la quarta lettura, non ricordo, ma è la prima fatta “da adulta”, e volevo farla da tantissimo tempo! Da piccola ho amato davvero molto questo romanzo, molto più di Piccole Donne, e ricordo mi aveva commosso moltissimo. Però… non credevo proprio che avrebbe potuto commuovermi ancora così tanto anche adesso! Invece la lettura mi ha catturata come fece la prima volta a dieci anni! Non c’è niente da ...more
Rachel Brand
Since graduating from university in June of 2013 I've read all of six classics. SIX. I'm a little ashamed of this. I discovered so many fantastic authors while studying for my English degree, and I was determined that I would read more of their books once I graduated, but this really hasn't happened. Having a baby hasn't exactly helped my ability to read classics (or non-fiction, for that matter. I get distracted so easily now. Baby Brain is a real thing, guys!) This is actually the first classi ...more
Maria
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading this book. It's so interesting to experience a story as told in 1868. The pace is slow, the focus is on revealing the characters of the people in the book. The story is a bit "preachy" and the vocabulary far beyond the American norm in 2012. But it is not harmful to actually use a dictionary as I had to do with "philopena." (C'mon, you know you don't know that word--go ahead and look it up!) What was most interesting to me was to see the "culture" of 1868--where w ...more
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