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School Library Journal - 10/01/2014 Gr 2–4—From the revisiting of beloved characters to the perfectly captured tone of familial warmth, the "Pleasant Meadows" chapter of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women gets a pleasing picture-book retelling. Prior plot developments—Beth's illness, Jo's shorn hair, and the family's relationship to the boy next door ("Theodore Laurence officially, but Laurie to his friends")—are succinctly woven into the story, heightening the dramatic and emotional holiday heft when the March father finally returns home from war. The gouache art honors the source material with Orchard House, Amy's ringlets, and Father's Union army uniform looking just as they should. If reading Little Women is already a holiday tradition, this is a fine addition to the rotation, especially for younger Alcott fans.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 10/15/2014 Frederick, author of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, goes back to one of the original mother-daughter books in this adaptation of the Christmas scene from Little Women. Those familiar with Alcott’s original will get the most from this handsomely illustrated version, but that won’t be the intended audience. Still, there’s inherent appeal in the story’s events: Jo and Laurie conspire to make sure that the family has Christmas presents, a gay Christmas morning, and then the surprise when Father walks through the door after months away in a Civil War hospital. Ibatoulline’s oversize artwork has a realistic, almost photographic quality, illuminated as if by candlelight. An inviting introduction to a classic. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.

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