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An old-fashioned girl [Paperback]

Louisa May Alcott

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5 Aug 2010
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (5 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1176902253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1176902251
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The poignant story of an "old-fashioned girl." 11 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I am 18 and have read this book at least 30 times. Its simplicity and reality seem to reach into my soul and I seem to have found a "kindred spirit" in the heroine. No other fictitious character has ever moved me as has Polly, an old-fashioned girl. A country girl named Polly is visiting city friends and comes to realize that this world is quite different than which she has left. Here people are judged according to their dress and manner of speech rather than for their honesty and hardwork. Yet all who meet Polly cannot help but be enamored of her; her sweet simplicity is unlike any that they have ever seen, and soon everyone comes to realize that Polly is not someone to be laughed at and ridiculed, but someone to put upon a pedistal for failing to become willing prey to the cynicism of the times. Polly is the most understanding and genuine character I have ever read about. Her love for others and her unwillingness to lower her standards and morals for popularity are an inspiration to people of all ages and prove that nothing is wrong with being "an old fashioned girl."
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to treasure 16 Aug 2000
By Bertha A. De Navarro - Published on
I'm 15 and you can call me a little bit old fashioned in my ways. I read an old fashioned girl for the first time when i was 11 and since then ive been reading the book at least 4 times a year.My copy of an old fashioned girl is sacred to me. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about a girl living in totally different times but who is really similar to us nowadays even is she is a little old fashioned! This book is good for any one of any age anywhere who wants to have someone to admire and someone to look up to. Polly is indeed, the perfect girl. As to Fanny and Tom they make the book livelier and funner to read, you'll never get bored with this book in your reach!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Good Clean fun 9 Aug 2005
By Meredith - Published on
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Do you ever feel like you are tied up in our times? Worrying too much about cell phones, fashions, and the latest whatevers? This book can set you straight. It gives you a peace of mind and fills you with simple pleasures.

The stories main character, Polly, we meet at the age of 14. She has come to stay with rich friends for a while. THey do everything so differently from she. The family has two daughters. One that is two years older than Polly called Fan, who cares for fashion, balls, and beaus. The author daughter is six and she is fixed onoo having her own way about everything. THe young man in the family Tom is a trouble maker, who no matter how hard he tries can't seem to stay out of trouble very long.

Polly is a gentle, kind, loving, caring, selfless, practical, and sensible girl. SHe becomes a great service to this family, touching each of them in a special way. She moves in the same town six years later and gives piano lessons. The family needs her more than ever and she helps them all in the end. This book has heart, romance, and realness to it that we can all relate to, rich or poor, young or old. It will make you feel warm fuzzies. Read on a rainy day underneath a flanel blanket!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm proud to be and Old Fashioned Girl 21 May 2000
By Emily Gibson - Published on
I'm 17 years old. When I was about 5 or 6 my mom read An Old Fashioned Girl to me for the first time. From that point on that book was like a guide book for my life. I admired Polly's simple ways, and longed to be like her. When I was younger I would pretend that I was Polly, dressing up and play acting with my dolls. As I grew older though, she became more and more of a "kindred spirit". Polly's character has really helped in molding the person I am today. I have read the book probably 10-12 times since I was 10. My paper back copy is missing pages and well loved. I recomend this wonderful book to anyone (including boys-my brothers loved Tom!). And hope that they will enjoy it as much as I have.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Louisa May Alcott Does It Again! 7 Jan 2000
By "lauryl" - Published on
I'm glad to find that other reviewers of this fabulous book were as impressed as I was with the ludicrous statement that "9-12" is the proper reading age for An Old Fashioned Girl! Being quite a bit older than twelve myself, and having just read An Old Fashioned Girl for the first time, I was a bit put out by that. . .
I've loved Louisa May Alcott's books since I first read Little Women at age eight. As I delved into all of them- Jo's Boys, Little Men, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Jack in Jill, Under the Lilacs, etc., and then more recently her short story "thrillers", The Inheritance, and A Long Fatal Love Chase, I have had a nearly insatiable desire for "More, more"! Imagine my surprise when I was told that Louisa HAD written another book which didn't appear on my bookshelf! I searched high and low for An Old Fashioned Girl, and discovered that none of my local bookstores (including Border's and Barnes and Noble) carried it. Hightailing my way to Amazon, it brought me great joy to find the book and order it right away!
From the moment I began to read, I knew I should love the story. Even Polly's "goodness" drew me in, contrary to previous experiences. I generally shy away from characters who are Elsie-Dinsmorish and act like "goodey-two-shoes", but Polly Milton is sketched so well that her goodness spurs me onto greater goodness, and leaves me feeling that striving to better myself is always a good thing. I loved how Polly stood up to her morals and values and would not allow herself to be swayed by more "fashionable" people. What a wonderful example she set for me-- years later, in amazingly similar circumstances.
Being a "city girl" myself, I could often emphathize more with Fanny than with Polly, yet I also WANTED to be like Polly. To make the world a better and brighter place just by living and loving in it-- what an aspiration!
The story is charming, bringing one through a range of emotions. I laughed, cried, and became so intensely involved with the characters that I snuck away to a back room during a party on New Year's Eve 2000, just so that I could finish the last few pages (I KNEW Tom was about to propose!)!
As someone who is a sucker for a good romance, I was not disappointed by the love story of this book. Tom was both bad enough and good enough to make me fall head over heels in love with him, too! I know from past effort that it's hard to create a man who appeals to both the wicked side of girls, as well as the side that screams for a "Knight in Shining Armor".
But she did it! Louisa May Alcott did it again- a fabulous book to read at any age, over and over again!
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