In "Kate's Choice" a young English girl inherits a financial windfall when she is suddenly orphaned. Per her father's wish, she is sent to America to live with the families of each of her four uncles in order to choose where she will live. Each family is full of wonderful, prosperous interesting people, all of them anxious that Kate should choose their family to stay with. But at Christmastime, Kate surprises them all by announcing whom she shall stay with.
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About the Author
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was a prolific American author known for her novel, Little Women, and its sequels, Little Men and Jo's Boys. She received instruction from several famous authors, including Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and she is commonly considered to be the foremost female novelist of the Gilded Age.
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These are all nice little stories that gently teach good lessons: don't neglect the elderly, being good to neighbors can brighten one's own life, and practical things are as good to know as more abstract things, because one never knows when they might be needed. Oh -- and don't let your pride keep you from admitting that you're lost, and pay more attention to the weather.All the characters are decent people, even if some need a nudge to remember to Do the Right Thing. If you want some Christmas entertainment for your children or grandchildren that isn't another variation on the idea that Christmas is all about receiving and not about the giving, these would be good stories to share with them.For adult readers, the editor's notes section is interesting. First we're given something about Miss Alcott and the three stories reprinted here: Kate's Choice , What Love Can Do, which was originally titled How It All Happened; and Gwen's Adventure in the Snow, which was originally titled How They All Camped Out. The second section is about the virtues of Miss Alcott's upbringing, which were reflected in her writing.The third section is a short biography. The last is about Mr. Hines, the editor.From these notes I learned a couple of things about Mr. and Mrs. Alcott that I hadn't known: Abba Alcott was one of the first paid social workers in the USA. I'd already known about Bronson Alcott's impracticality. I hadn't known that he was a good carpenter, but once refused to work as one because he thought it would "debase the purity of his soul". If it weren't for the fact that Mr. Alcott's inability to support his family helped lead to his daughter giving the world some beloved children's classics, I would have a wish. I'd wish that his friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson, had told Alcott that since carpentry was good enough for Jesus Christ, that should be good enough for him. I mean really!The illustrations are very well done. They look as if they could be tinted photographs. I like the decorated background for the title pages, the sprigs above and below the page numbers, and the border along the bottom margin of the pages. There's a presentation page with a line each to write to whom the book is being given, by whom, and the date given.My copy is a Crossings Book Club edition. Its dimensions (with the dust jacket removed) are: 8 & 1/2 inches high, 5 and 1/2 inches wide, and 1/2 inch thick.
This book is actually a compilation of 3 short stories by Louisa May Alcott. The first story of the book is called "Kate's Choice", and it was my favorite story of the book. It is about a young girl from England who has come to stay with relatives in America. She has all her aunts & uncles on their toes as they wait to hear about a certain life-changing decision that she must make. Not only does she make a surprising choice, but she also plans a very merry Christmas secret. "What Love Can Do" is the second story. It features 2 sisters who share their quaint Christmas wishes with each other. Each of them wish they had a bit more money to spend on gifts for their family. What awaits them on their doorstep on Christmas morning? The last story is entitled "Gwen's Adventure in the Snow". It shows the great courage of little boys & girls who get caught in a snowstorm during a fun sleigh ride. Each of these stories have their own unique personality. The characters within the pages of this book show excellent qualities and virtues, just like all of Louisa May Alcott's writings. I have a very high recommendation for this book.