In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.
Because I knew the story so well going in, I found that the pages flew by. I didn't have to take time and think about what was happening. If a reader was unfamiliar with the story, it might take longer to read. The language, of course, is dated as is much of the story. Especially children reading this today would find the March children very innocent for their ages and, likely, somewhat annoying. It is a book that needs to be read for what it is without too much deep thought. Obviously, it has stood the test of time and is still enjoyed in many forms the world over, which is surely the definition of a classic.
Character Development 5
A Taste from Chapter 3:
"Jo! Jo! Where are you?" cried Meg at the foot of the garret stairs.
"Here!" answered a husky voice from above, and, running up, Meg found her sister eating apples and crying over the Heir of Redclyffe, wrapped up in a comforter on an old three-legged sofa by the sunny window. This was Jo's favorite refuge, and here she loved to retire with a half dozen russets and a nice book, to enjoy the quiet and the society of a pet rat who lived near by and didn't mind her a particle. As Meg appeared, Scrabble whisked into his hole. Jo shook the tears off her face and waited to hear the news.