Little Women tells the story of a poor family living in Massachusetts during the Civil War period. In the beginning of the book, the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, along with their mother whom the sisters call Marmee, are celebrating Christmas while Mr. March is serving as a chaplain in the war. The poor family is feeling quite sorry for themselves as they are not able to afford nice presents for each other. The siblings feel as though they are missing out on something in life, but that thought is soon diminished by the love their family shares.
The eldest sister, Meg, meets a wealthy young man at a ball she attends. The young man, Laurie, befriends each of the sisters. The five of them share wonderful times together. Laurie is like a brother to the March sisters and continues as an adored character throughout the rest of the book.
As the sisters mature throughout the novel, they learn important values that every young woman must obtain. The sisters learn that although their family may not have a lot of money, they do have lots of love! After losing one sister, the rest of the family must learn to cope without her. Eventually the remaining sisters get married and begin their own loving families, never forgetting the life lessons Marmee taught them.
Louisa May Alcott wrote this book for girls, particularly preteens and young teens. While reading this book, I could not help but adore the March sisters. I laughed when they laughed, I cried when they cried. Little Women taught me about values in life. It is truly a splendid book! I would never wish to deprive anyone of such a wonderful experience as I had while reading this book. I highly recommend it with my whole heart!