Playing a little bit fast and loose here with the brief, but I could not let this one pass.
This is the continuing story of those beloved March Girls from little women and Good Wives, often packaged in one volume so I am lumping together the second pair in a similar manner.
I am a terrible sucker for these older children’s classics, I am one of the Many who wanted Jo and Teddy to get together only to be gently intrigued and seduced by gentle Professor Friedrich .
Jo’s Boys and little men are a little bit more testosterone infused as the titles suggest, but still are imbued by the beautiful romantic idealism of the previous books.
The women are now all mothers themselves, Jo and Friedrich have opened a school and aided and abetted by the various cousins take in a whole rag tag menagerie of Boys from broken homes or with unfulfilled gifts and talents.
This is a gentle book that lightly pokes you in the ribs with morality about sharing, about prejudice and about the value of learning every single day. It is a great book for younger kids, enough naughtiness and adventure to keep active boys amused whilst still giving a great message.
Little Men completes the stories of the March family, revealing what happened to all those rag tag boys and the family that did their best to give them a great start in life and it is a bittersweet story that like all of the books in the series, ,it does not shy away from the realities of life that death will inevitable come to meet us and that not all endings can be happy. This makes a good children’s book great in my opinion.
I read this book as a child, a musty copy stored in a mildly damp hallway, the dust jacket slightly torn and I adored it. I read it again a couple of years ago and got a whole new level of enjoyment. I wholeheartedly recommend it!