"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." ~ Charles W. Eliot
"This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook - try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!" ~ Julia Child
"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." ~ Louisa May Alcott

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Candy Country and How They Ran Away


The black and white print is from the cover of these two children's stories by Louisa May Alcott. Both seem to have a moral to teach children. I was able to download this small book for free on my Kindle...

The Candy Country is about Lily who takes her mother's big red umbrella and ends up blown into Candy country. She finds herself going on more adventures through a land of gingerbread, cakes and cookies until ending up enjoying the land of wholesome bread. Her adventures teach her to become a good housekeeper and enjoy sweet only at Christmas time.

Book quote:
“I’ll live here, and eat candy all day long, with no tiresome school or patchwork to spoil my fun,” said Lily.


How They Ran Away is about Tommy and Billy who decide one day to go off into the woods be become hunters. They have adventures along the way but find they are very much lost and separated from each other in the end.

Book quote:
“Yes, it winds right up the mountain; but we’d better not keep to it, or some one will see us and take us back. We are going to be real hunters and have adventures; so we must get lost, and find our way by the sun and the stars,” answered Tommy, who had read so many Boys’ Books his little head was a jumble of Texan Rangers, African Explorers, and Buffalo Bills; and he burned to outdo them all.

This year I am planning on reading a number of Louisa May Alcott books or biographies. I thought it would be fun to focus on her this year. My first two short stories were fun and easy reads for an afternoon's enjoyment.

Happy reading!


DebbieSFL said...

She is one of my favorite authors. I can almost quote Little Women.

Nancy said...

You might find more of hers free on your Kindle. Some of the older books are free on my Nook. I am reading a Debbie Macomber now I got for under $4
which is very good. Probably an older one, but I have never read it till now.
Happy reading
Love you, Mom

Annie said...

What a good idea to read Louisa May Alcott books ! I discovered them last year and enjoyed them ! I liked to read too "The lost summer of L.M.Alcott" , a novel based on her live, and the biography"The woman behind Little Women". Have a nice week end, Heidi !