The Brownie and the Princess & Other Stories

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A poor farmer's daughter changes the life of a spoiled princess . . .

A fearless young girl saves her town from British soldiers . . .

Two elderly sisters come up with a plan to help a sickly child . . .

A country girl shows her city cousin that simple can be best . . .

From the author of the beloved classic little women come ten short stories to delight and charm. Throughout her life, Louisa May Alcott published many stories in children's magazines, and now ten of the best of these tales have been collected here. Filled with characters who have all the warmth, liveliness, and appeal of Jo March and her sisters, these stories will open up a whole new world for Alcott fans, and remain every bit as captivating as when they were first written, over a century ago.

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Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) is the author of the beloved Little Women, which was based on her own experiences growing up in New England with her parents and three sisters. More than a century after her death, Louisa May Alcott's stories continue to delight readers of all ages.

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Grade 5 Up-This volume presents 10 of Alcott's short stories, which were originally published in children's magazines during her lifetime. Beginning with the title piece, in which a country girl is much happier than a pampered princess, the selections celebrate the honest, hardworking pastoral life in which simplicity is far more valuable than extravagance. In "Tabby's Tablecloth," a girl foils Tory spies; "Baa! Baa!" tells how two young sisters make certain that sheep being delivered to farmers by train are routinely given water. In "Jerseys, or the Girls' Ghost," a motivating teacher at a girls' school inspires her students to find strength in physical exercise and healthy food. Throughout the stories, selfless characters are rewarded for their good deeds. The female protagonists are courageous and outspoken and improve their own lives as well as the world around them. Alcott's 19th-century prose style may sound didactic to 21st-century ears, but even though style and events are different, the themes and issues are still important. Readers who enjoy Little Women and those interested in the 19th century and feminist authors will appreciate this volume.
Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
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