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  • By Chrystalia99 on July 19, 2015

    The sequel to Eight Cousins, Rose In Blue follows the cousins as they grow up. Written as cleanly and delicately as Alcott's other works, we follow Rose, Mac, Charlie, Phoebe and the rest of the family on Aunt Hill through adolescence to their adult success, and it's every bit as engaging and heart-warming as Eight Cousins was.Even after decades of life, and a half dozen reads or so, this book still makes me tear up in places, and I am not ashamed to admit that in the least. The book recalls a time and culture that were cleaner and simpler in many ways than what we have now, and turning the pages is like going back in time--I have so many happy memories tied up with this book, and others I enjoyed as a young girl.You won't find all the tools modern authors use to hold attention here--violence, sex, bad language or unnatural, ridiculous plots and sub-plots. What you will find is simple, clear language, a smooth presentation of the values and morals of the authoress' times, and very simple, human characters that worry about the only things that are really important in life, when you come right down to it.Louisa May Alcott's books should be the first books you introduce your child to--because the world (and the people in it) still need the values she writes about so naturally, and you'd be hard pressed to find those values in any of the "modern" children's books on the market. And for adults--why not take a trip back into your childhood and enjoy a simple, well written book again?

  • By Norma1717 on March 7, 2016

    I read most of Louisa May Alcott's books when I was young and loved them. I recently re-read "Rose in Bloom" and found it charming. This, of course, is the sequel to "Eight Cousin" and tells us what happened to Rose and her cousins when they grow up.Yes, the book is strongly moralistic and it's supposed to be. Remember, it's written for children and teens and it's supposed to be instructional. What lifts it from being some kind of religious tract is the lovely story of Rose and her family.Unfortunately, I suspect that this book, like so many others, will gradually disappear. Paragraphs aren't supposed to be more than a couple of sentences. Morality is out; dystopia is in; and, if the pace isn't breathtaking, the book's a dud. Like other parents, I wanted to share books I loved with my children. I had success with some books, but, unfortunately Louisa May Alcott was a step too far.In the meantime, though, thanks to Chios Classics and other publishers who are re-printing these classics and making them available on Kindle. Us oldsters remember them fondly.

  • By judy on April 19, 2016

    Most YA books of a modern turn would have had Rose rush about flirting like mad and knocking down walls with her fists in her ardor to be independent and find love. But, the lost art of writing a pleasant character whose only wish is to be worth something and to love someone worth loving is not found in most modern fiction. LM Alcott writes with firm, frank beliefs that are openly expressed and understood: Women should be independent but not harsh; Men should be driven and not dissipate; Children should be loved and not neglected; And, life should be lived uprightly to the best extent of your gifts and not lazily to the disparaging of your talents. Most of all, she wants her readers to know that love isn't always the grand illusion that we build for ourselves, and the handsome hopes we have don't always happen, much to our betterment in some cases, that the ordinary and good is surprisingly the best option. All in all, this is what every young person should read, for good character and honesty is overlooked in today's society for quick wit mixed with malice and originality to the great chagrin of us all.My only criticism is the treatment of Fun See. However, for the time period it was VERY progressive for Alcott to marry him to a well-to-do American girl, she showed great ignorance in her writing of the character, which, to be fair, was the common treatment of anyone Asian.

  • By Jill Elliott on November 30, 2017

    I was surprised to find that this book was not published through a traditional publishing house. I buy books frequently and have never experienced a reprint situation like this. I didn't know what to look for. The typeset is amateurish but still readable.This "illustrated" edition does, indeed, have illustrations. However, these illustrations are rather random selections of free photos from public domain image websites. Many have very little to do with the story.Overall, it is fine, it gets the job done. But I would much rather buy a book from a traditional, professional publisher, in which the look and feel of the book is uniform throughout, the typeset is comfortable to read, and the illustrations are actually taken from the scenes in the book (or not there at all).

  • By KTShay on September 30, 2013

    This sequel to Eight Cousins continues the story of Rose, her cousins, and her treasured friend, Phoebe, as they mature into their early adulthood. The language may seem quaint and the tone overly sentimental but Louisa May wrote in the manner of her time. Her books were intended to be entertaining and even instructive with their carefully phrased but very obvious morality lessons.If sharing her stories with young people, the adult will find material still worth discussing (even in the 21st Century context): the loving and supportive relationships of friends and family, the concept and practice of honor, and a hope or trust in the virtue of simple happiness. A parent will not find a need to pre-censore text when reading this to young children.An adult reader may rediscover with pleasure an old and gentle friend that asks little in the effort of reading, but leaves the reader feeling more peaceful at the end of each chapter.


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