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A Garland for Girls

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  856 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Websters paperbacks take advantage of the fact that classics are frequently assigned readings in English courses. By using a running English-to-French thesaurus at the bottom of each page, this edition of A Garland for Girls by Louisa May Alcott was edited for three audiences. The first includes French-speaking students enrolled in an English Language Program (ELP), an Eng ...more
Paperback, Webster's French Thesaurus Edition, 235 pages
Published by Icon Group International, Inc. (first published 1887)
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Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Written for my own amusement," says Alcott herself? Well, the original readers she won over with LITTLE WOMEN and LITTLE MEN probably scooped up this whole bouquet of charming stories, which probably left a favorable fragrance and a curiosity as to what Ms. Alcott's next offering would be. Today's readers of LITTLE WOMEN who saw GARLAND in the list of "You Might Also Enjoy These From This Author" might be curious about it. Have a scent of these clippings:

"...her love of books and desire to cult
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“…setiap tumbuhan simbolis hidup di tempatnya masing-masing dan menjalani kehidupannya yang telah ditetapkan.”

Wanita dan bunga

Sepertinya ungkapan yang cocok untuk menggambarkan buku ini. Buku ini berkisah mengenai kehidupan beberapa wanita dengan sentuhan bunga dalam kehidupannya. Antara lain Jessi dengan Bunga Ivy, Jane dengan Bunga Poppy, lalu Ruth dengan Bunga Teratai. Setiap bunga memberikan makna bagi kehidupan mereka dengan cara yang unik.

Cerita yang paling saya sukai adalah cerita Rangka
I first read these sentimental stories as a young girl. Though they were never my favorite of Alcott's books, they're still a treat for those who enjoy old-fashioned stories. They tell the everyday joys and troubles of young girls, some rich and educated, others poor and simple. They're a bit didactic, but I have to agree that "They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts", and it's nice to read stories that don't shy from expressing high ideals. Although she can't help giving h ...more
Mar 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A little gem of a book. A collection of various stories, each titled with the name of a flower or flowers. They are obviously instructional stories aimed at teaching morals and good graces to young girls. Although the stories are a bit saccharine at times, I couldn't help but admire the way they teach the virtues of patience, hard work, and basically spending your time and energy doing worthwhile things.
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Sebenarnya sih, aku kurang suka sama kumpulan cerpen, karena pas dapet cerita yg bagus, merasa sayang cuma pendek doang, pengennya panjang biar bacanya lamaaa :p Tp buku ini kumpulan kisah pendek juga ternyata, ada 6 kisah gadis2 muda dan 1 gadis cilik yang dengan caranya masih2 berjuang mengatasimasalah dalam kehidupan mereka, cinta, keluarga, pekerjaan, persahabatan
Ini 7 kisahnya :
1. Rangkaian Ivy & sepatu ka
Sabrina Neumann
I am sure this would have been a much more enjoyable read when I was ten. The majority of the stories resolved in a fairy tale manner, and the lack of any real conflict made each tale more unbearable than the last.

The fault is not in Alcott's writing style as much as it is with cynicism brought on by age and experience.
Belle Augusta
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-story
A collection of short stories by Miss Alcott.

Actually this book is good, if it read by teenagers, a woman who began to grown up.
So full of values of life. It so obvious.

It good, but I prefer An Old Fashioned Girl.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very sweet collection of short stories. I find it very clever that everyone short story as a floral theme, linking them all to the title. Of course, it is full of good sentiments and morals, but it's a very enjoyable read!
Jun 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This hardcover edition printed in 1980 cost me $4.95 and the cover is illustrated with a decidedly 1970s girl in a lace dress and daisies in her hair. The collection of short stories inside are of mixed value, in my opinion. Each is "inspired" by the flowers given to the author during a "period of enforced seclusion." As is usual with LMA, there is a moral or lesson to be learned and virtue is ultimately rewarded.

In "Mayflowers" a group of girls who gather each week to sew and read decide to do
Dec 04, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Just. No.
Not even for a Louisa May Alcott fan. I was her huge fan, I enjoyed her Little Women series so much that she became my auto-buy-author. But this book is annoying, I don't even bother to finish it.
What struck me as the worst thing of this book is that it actually uses flowers to represent the girls - badly. The first story about Jessie is so ridiculous. She stared at the ivy and she's inspired! Wow! Congratulations!
Nope. It's too simplistic, too unrealistic, too fairy-tale-ish.
And it'
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of stories was better than I thought it would be. Louisa May Alcott was a talented writer and even if the stories began on a dull "I know exactly where this is heading" note, all of them had a twist towards the end. If you read this book, commit to finishing each story. Don't quit half-way through!

The book teaches many lessons that seem old-fashioned (it was written in 1887) but would be good for our current society to hear. Each story was an example, tight with symbolism, of
Ica Surjo
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Tak ada gadis yang tak cantik, tak ada gadis yang tak menyukai bunga"
Sepertinya kalimat tersebut cukup untuk mewakili isi buku ini.
A Garland for Girls bersi kumpulan cerpen yang sangat cocok dibaca gadis-gadis muda, karena ceritanya sangat manis dan bertabur bunga. Dalam kumpulan cerpen ini setiap karakter diwakilkan dengan bunga, seperti bunga pansy melambangkan kebahagiaan dan kesetiaan.
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
I found this book to be a charming and worthwhile addition to the books already on my shelf by Alcott. A collection of short stories, each based on a flower, and full of virtue and character. I probably enjoyed the first story best, featuring a group of girls who decide to go out and make a difference in others lives and then meet again after so many months to share their stories.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was traveling in Europe and the Middle East over the past few months and found tremendous wisdom in these short stories by one of my favorite authors. "Poppies and Wheat" was especially insightful. I shall always come back to the Alcott canon whenever I feel disoriented and disillusioned by the chaos of modern life.
This was one of my least favorite collection of LMA's short stories I have ever read. The only story I really enjoyed was Mayflowers. Which is really unusual because I LOVE LMA's books! But the rest just grated on my nerves. Especially the one about Rosamond. She acted like an adult when she was only a kid and it was really grating.
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, classics
I know I read this waaaay back in the day. Maybe when I was 11 or 12. A library find. I couldn't remember a single story in the whole bunch (garland).
Now as a fifty something, I have to say, the stories are a trifle dull. I'm sure in the 1880s this was a girl power kind of book. However, nowadays it's preachy as well as dull. A good read if you want to get all of LMAs books read.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this on my iTouch, so it takes a while since I don't read on it often. I am liking this book of short stories, somewhat. I guess the only problem I have with it is the way the characters look down on a lot of people, the poor, those of color etc... But I take the time it was written into consideration, I mean what else can I do :)
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must-read, especially for young adults.

Great Book to remind us what the true values in life are. Although sometimes it seemed to me that the stories are a little too long,I definitely enjoyed reading them. And despite this book being written two hundred years ago it still can be applied today. Read it if you value character more than money.
Apr 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book of short stories by Alcott that I had never read before. Like most of her work each story outlines a moral. Interesting to see how some morals change over time. I found this book sweet, sensible, and fun.
Riccardo Mainetti
Una raccolta di racconti uno più bello e toccante dell'altro, scritti da una delle più grandi Scrittrici Americane (e non solo!) che trasportano il lettore dentro storie che, oltre a donargli delle ore di piacevolissima lettura, lo faranno anche riflettere.
Una lettura consigliata a tutti!!!
Feb 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books as a child. Louisa May Alcott was an independent woman when that was not that socially acceptable. Her female characters demonstrate different facets of nineteenth century womanhood.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More priggish, icky, ooey-gooey rot than 'Button Rose' (Chapter Six) never oozed onto paper. This moralising, sentimental twaddle isn't fit to read and Alcott must have been desperate for a bit of cash or she would have been 'raking muck in the streets' before writing such dull goo.
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this one on my kindle because they used different words back then and I could check and see if I was getting it right. It was a delightfull book of stories about character and morals back in the 1800's. Strong girls who decided to be strong and caring over idle and selfish.
Kathi Olsen
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A selection of short stories that made me think of more innocent times. It's too bad that young readers are not satisfied with doing simpler things and reading about them. She always has a moral woven into the story to reinforce values being taught in homes.
Jan 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
A collection of stories about girls and with a flower theme. It was nice to read about girls improving their minds and helping others, rather than merely looking for husbands.
A nice little collection of stories by LMA. I enjoyed some more than others, but each was short and sweet.
Es un muy lindo libro de cuentos... Sólo xa quienes disfruten de leer libros clásicos. La lectura es lenta pero simple y llena de enseñanzas jovencitas de la época.
Manis. Sangat manis. Kadang terlalu 'manis' khas Alcott.
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
many moral lessons you can get from this book . but for me, why this book is sooooo boring?? dunno how bout u.
Jennifer Wyld
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, full of good virtues, everything you want from Alcott! Not one I read as a child, but I enjoyed it and want to do it as a read aloud with my own girls, even though they are teens now!
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