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A publishing first - the first and only complete collection of all Louisa May Alcott's Christmas short stories and novellas. Louisa May Alcott has been loved by generations of readers for her timeless stories like Little Women, Little Men, and Jo's Boys. Few authors have equaled her ability to bring characters to life in such a way that readers truly care for and believe iA publishing first - the first and only complete collection of all Louisa May Alcott's Christmas short stories and novellas. Louisa May Alcott has been loved by generations of readers for her timeless stories like Little Women, Little Men, and Jo's Boys. Few authors have equaled her ability to bring characters to life in such a way that readers truly care for and believe in them-and are inspired to be like them. Now for the first time, all of Alcott's known Christmas short stories and novellas have been gathered into a single exquisite collection, which is sure to brighten the holidays for book lovers. Readers of all ages will cherish these fifteen enchanting tales filled with hope, sorrow, faith, joy, redemption, strength, and goodness. Louisa May Alcott's Christmas Treasury is a wonderful gift for oneself or a loved one....

Title : Louisa May Alcott's Christmas Treasury
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ISBN : 9781589199507
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 282 Pages
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Louisa May Alcott's Christmas Treasury Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-23 12:17

    What a great find at the library. I had no idea this little book existed. I checked it out and had the best time reading it. It's full of short stories, all written by Louisa May Alcott. Every story has a happy ending, although some stories as I was reading them I was wondering how it could end happily. It always did. For pure joy of reading, this is a must.

  • Cassandra
    2019-05-20 12:28

    What an awesome book. I love Louisa May Alcott and was excited to find a compilation of her Christmas stories. The stories teach great lessons without being too preachy and often moved me to tears.

  • Dianne
    2019-06-07 04:26

    I know it's a little early for Christmas books, but our book club chose this for our November selection so here we are. And besides I'm accumulating such a collection of "read this every Christmas" books that there isn't time in December for all of them anymore. I'm going to have to start earlier or give some of them up.If you loved "Little Women" then you will probably love this collection of Christmas stories too. They are each centered around a young girl, and are sweet, wholesome and altogether lovely. Each one delivers a moral lesson, but it's done gently and isn't preachy. It's everything we know and love about Louisa May Alcott.Unfortunately I don't think this was a good time for me to read this one. I simply haven't been in the right frame of mind and so didn't enjoy the stories as much as I should have.I will make a point of reading them again, closer to Christmas, and I know I'll find them as touching and satisfying as I ought to then. I'll let them convince me that right always wins, that good always comes to those who do good, and that hard work is always rewarded. I want to believe those things and it's easier at Christmastime. The beautiful music, the sentimental movies and stories all tend to soften our hearts and for a few weeks we believe in a world that sparkles and shines. We know that come January we will go back to the real world, where good things do happen, but not all the time and people are good, but not all the time. It's fun to take a break from those realities in December and let down the walls we build to protect ourselves. At Christmastime we open up and let life be what we want it to be all year round. The stories in this book will be perfect then."Christmas Treasury" would be a lovely gift for any reader. It has a very nice red hard cover and a beautiful glossy dust jacket. From little girls to grandmothers, I think any girl would enjoy reading this collection.

  • QNPoohBear
    2019-05-17 04:21

    This book contains Christmas-themed stories by the author of Little Women. Some of the stories are newly collected here and others have been published in other anthologies. Most contain a heavy-handed moral about charitable giving similar to A Christmas Carol. Some of the stories resemble Lucy Maud Montgomery's later tales of orphans and country life.This is a nice anthology to add to any Louisa May Alcott collection. Small two-tone illustrations are placed throughout the book. They don't add anything to the stories but they're very lifelike and pretty. The cover is gorgeous and made to look like a red morocco leather and gilt engraved book of the 19th century. It's actually regular hardcover boards but I love that it looks period. My only complaint about this volume is that it doesn't include a bibliography. I'd like to know when and where each story was published.

  • Ginny
    2019-06-01 07:32

    This collection of stories was a very inspirational read for the holidays. All the little/big acts of kindness were so beautiful and could melt your heart. I hope to spread this sense of charity and love over the holidays.

  • emma grace
    2019-06-02 05:23

    This is a wonderful collection of stories and poems, that are amusing, charming, and yet full of Christmas spirit. I really liked this one, and plan to read it for many Christmases to come!

  • Laura
    2019-05-23 08:18

    The Christmas Treasury by Louisa May Alcott is a collection of short stories that one wants to curl up with next to a fire. They tell stories of the true meaning of Christmas and of helping out your fellow man at the holidays and all year round. Interspersed in the stories is also an Introduction that contains biographical detail on Louisa May Alcott as well as interesting points in editor’s notes after some of the stories. I was a bit disappointed that these points weren’t after all of the stories. The end also contained a section on the virtues of Louisa May Alcott’s characters. A Christmas Treasury reminded me that Louisa’s father, Bronson Alcott was a man of high ideals that didn’t believe in demeaning himself with physical work to support his family. Instead, Louisa’s mother, Abba became the first paid social worker in America and supported the family. Louisa made it her life’s goal to become a paid author and to support her family with her earnings. After the success of Little Women, Louisa was able to pull her family out of poverty for good and also was able to pay back family friend Ralph Waldo Emerson who supported the family during times of trouble. These acts of charity by friends to help the family stayed with Louisa as she became an adult and are often seen in her Christmas stories. I could also see the influence of Charles Dickens in the works and indeed that author as well as A Christmas Carol were referenced in a couple of stories.My favorite stories in the collection included:The Quiet Little Woman - Patty is a young orphan who is adopted by a family to be a servant girl. The family overlooks her and doesn’t take them with her to visit their Aunt for Christmas. Their Aunt reminds them about Patty being a person with feelings and shows them all of the letters she has received from Patty through the year. This story did a great job of making the reader think about people you might take for granted and how everyone has feelings.A Hospital Christmas – This story is set in a hospital during the Civil War. Louisa May Alcott was a nurse during the Civil War and I found this story to be heartwarming and also a good look at the Civil War hardships. The story takes an unflinching look at both the negatives and positives of life in the hospital at that time and how thinking positive, and sharing what little treasures you have can make Christmas happy for all involved.Rosa’s Tale – Rosa is a horse and on Christmas Eve she is granted the ability to speak and tell young Belinda about her fantastical life. It reminded me a bit of Black Beauty.Mrs. Podgers’ Teapot – A heartwarming love story between two middle aged people who have loved one another for a long time and are finally brought together.A Christmas Turkey – A family of four children is having a hard time as father spends all of his money on drink rather than feeding his family. The four children think of ways to earn money to be able to purchase a turkey for Christmas. Their ingenuity and the charity of others help them to gather a feast for Christmas and may even bring a Christmas miracle for the family.Bertie’s Box – A young boy hears his rich mother read a letter requesting charity from a poor woman. While the mother and Aunt Jane are jaded, young Bertie builds a box with all of his best things in it and gets his family to really think about the true meaning of Christmas. They send the box off and make Christmas wonderful for a poor family in Iowa. This was a touching story about the true meaning of giving.A New Way to Spend Christmas – A story of a lady of charity who visits the poor children on Randalls Island in New York City. It describes the sad conditions that the children are living in at different facilities and the cheer they bring with their small offerings. It brought a tear to my eye all of these years later and made me wish I could help out.One question not answered in the text was why were most of the stories “adapted by Stephen W. Hines?” What was changed in the stories? I am curious.A couple of my favorite quotes were as follows:“Heroes are always expected to be young and comely, also fierce, melancholy, or at least what novel readers call ‘interesting’; but I am forced to admit that Mrs. Podger was none of these. Half the real beauty, virtue, and romance of the world gets put into humble souls, hidden in plain bodies.” (Mrs. Podger’s Teapot)“’He can give you one thing, Tilly,’ her mother said. ‘He can give you the pleasure of doing good. That is one of the sweetest things in life, and it can be enjoyed by the poor as well as the rich.’” (Tilly’s Christmas)Overall, this was a wonderful collection of heartwarming stories about the true meaning of Christmas. The characters are vintage Louisa May Alcott and often display qualities that she thought were important through her own life experiences. It’s been over ten years since I first read this collection, and it’s reminded me that it is a good book to read every few years for Christmas.Book Source: This was a Christmas gift to me from my Mother over ten years ago. Thank-you!This review was first posted on my blog at:

  • Laura (acquariusgb)
    2019-06-05 05:14

    I received this book as a gift. It was a great read during the Christmas holidays. Even though I had already read some of the stories,it was nice reading them again and read some new Christmas stories. Most of the stories have a moral theme, a bit like the Christmas carol.Still, you will be transformed in a classic old-fashioned Christmas atmosphere.

  • Chris
    2019-06-08 12:09

    Delightful holiday read! Perfect for the snatches if time one sits down to relax during the busiest time of the year.

  • Beth Farley
    2019-06-09 04:37

    All her Christmas stories really have the feel of Little Women. Wonderful!

  • Anne
    2019-06-06 05:27

    Excellent holiday reading. Vintage Alcott.

  • Bethany Turner
    2019-05-27 05:10

    Louisa May Alcott plus Christmas - What could be better? I loved this collection of Alcott's Christmas stories and poems. I read a little at a time so I could savor it.

  • Teresa Gibson
    2019-05-27 06:32

    It is wonderful to have all of LMA's Christmas stories in one volume, however I would have liked it if the editor (Stephen Hines) could have listed the original date of publication for each. The reader then could have seen the progression of LMA's writing through the years. The short stories are not as successful as the longer pieces/novellas. LMA returns to the same topics again and again (talking animals on Christmas Eve, those who have sharing their Christmas with those who have not, etc.), but those themes probably were popular with the reading public at the time. The "Merry Christmas" chapter from Little Women is included here and the storytelling from this remarkable book is head and shoulders above almost everything else contained here. One exception is the nonfiction memoir, "A New Way to Spend Christmas" in which LMA visits the asylums and hospitals on Randalls Island near Boston. It is a most heartwrenching piece, and brings home the importance of sharing Christmas most effectively.

  • Sarina
    2019-06-09 12:33

    I have determined that I will read this book every year right before Christmas, it made me forget myself and made me step into the lives of the rich and poor alike which made me feel really happy and grateful for everything I have and made me feel ashamed of my yearly twinge of disappointment if I don't get something I really want for Christmas. The stories were really adorable and unlike most books of short stories, I had the urge to sit down and read the whole book at once. Instead, I used it as a reward, I’d tell myself “Do two History questions on the Study Guide and then you can read another short story.”I have always said I belong in the late 18th century, so I felt completely at home.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-09 05:34

    This book is a collection of Christmas stories and poems. Reading them brought back memories of my teenage years when I basked in the delight of Louisa Mae Alcott's books. The stories are filled with kindness, good morals, encouragement and Christmas cheer. My favorite line: "My blessed mother used to say it was better to be deceived now and then than to turn away one honest and needly person."

  • Emily Mellow
    2019-05-21 04:32

    While I did enjoy these stories, I got a bit tired of how moralistic they are. It was heartwarming and inspiring to read all about the ways people can be charitable to others, but the strong religious overtone would make me reluctant to read these stories to the kids. I do want to read Little Women though, which I suspect is a bit better written than some of these stories.

  • Tammie
    2019-05-23 05:13

    My favorite book when I was young,and still is one of my favorite books was Little Women. I enjoyed reading these short stories by Louisa May Alcott. Back to a simpler time and a reminder of what Christmas is really about. The birth of our Lord Jesus; giving; and caring for others.

  • Esme
    2019-06-12 07:16

    I read two short stories and a poem.I love Little Women. This, unlike Little Women, was sentimental and sappy. I liked the poem, but the stories were not my cup of tea. I may try reading the other stories some future Christmas. I'm quite disappointed.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-08 09:17

    If you love Louisa May Alcott you will love this collection of Christmas stories. They are a little idealistic but every one brought tears to my eyes.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-24 11:17

    I absolutely recommend this book when you really want to get into the "spirit of Christmas." There are 3 (if I remember right) delightful stories that I will read over and over again.

  • Barbara Slagel
    2019-05-17 04:35

    Good book for a busy holiday month. Short stories.

  • Meredith Henning
    2019-06-11 12:24

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  • Jessica
    2019-05-26 08:32

    Some of the stories were very sweet, but for some reason I got fed up and donated it.

  • Lorraine
    2019-06-03 09:33

    An excellent book of stories of times gone by when things were simpler and pure. Loved this book.

  • Jo
    2019-06-13 04:17

    This is my yearly Christmas read. I love the cozy Christmas feel I always get from it.

  • Susan
    2019-06-02 06:14

    I loved this compilation of heart-warming Christmas stories written by Louisa May Alcott! What a treasure this book is! I highly recommend it.

  • Erin
    2019-06-10 10:38

    So these stories do kinda start to all sound the same. But they're all so charming and idyllic that I still enjoyed it immensely. Perfect addition to any Christmas library.

  • Margaret M.
    2019-06-15 06:21

    As a young teen fan of Alcott's "Little Women," I was pleased to read her Christmas story collection and learn more about her life.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-28 08:12

    I reread this every Christmas. Heartwarming and inspiring.

  • Rebecca (everyday reader)
    2019-05-17 10:21

    Great collection!! Heartwarming Christmas stories!! Wonderful read!!