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Little Women – The Musical


A booklist for: Little Women – The Musical
Production dates: December 6-8, 12-15, 2013

This is a booklist created by Gere Branch library staff to accompany the stage production Little Women – The Musical at Gere’s neighbor, The Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Little Women is a musical based on the 1869 semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott. This musical version features music by Jason Howland, with lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. After tryouts off-Broadway in both 2001 and 2004, Little Women – The Musical made its Broadway premiere in 2005. The story focuses on the four March sisters — brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth — and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio.

Classics for Adults

book coverLittle Women
by Louisa May Alcott [Alcott]

Publisher’s Description: Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young women in nineteenth-century New England.

book coverRobinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe [Defoe]

Publisher’s Description: In 1659, after becoming the sole survivor of a shipwreck, Englishman Robinson Crusoe lives on a deserted island for more than twenty-eight years.

book coverJane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte [Bronte]

In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.

book coverThe Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling [Kipling]

Presents the adventures of Mowgli, the Indian boy brought up by wolves in the jungle, his companions, Baloo and Bagheera, and his enemy, Shere Khan.

book coverPride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen [Austen]

Human foibles and early nineteenth-century manners are satirized in this romantic tale of English country family life as Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters are encouraged to marry well in order to keep the Bennet estate in their family.

book coverTarzan of the Apes
by Edgar Rice Burroughs [Burroughs]

Born of noble stock to parents marooned on the savage West African coast, the young lord Greystoke is orphaned in his first year of life. Named Tarzan by the great apes that raise him, he must learn the law of the jungle to survive.

Classics for Children

book coverPeter Pan
by J.M. Barrie [j Barrie]

The Darling children have adventures in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

book coverWinnie-the-Pooh
by A.A. Milne [j Milne, jP Milne or jF Milne]

The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends, in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday. Many more Winnie-the-Pooh titles are available, including picture books, first readers and chapter books.

book coverThe Complete Tales: The 23 Original Peter Rabbit Books & 4 Unpublished Works
by Beatrix Potter [jP Potter]

This complete and unabridged collection contains all 23 of Beatrix Potter’s Tales in one deluxe volume with all their original illustrations. The stories are arranged in the order in which they were first published so they may be read in their proper sequence. More titles by Beatrix Potter are available.

book coverPippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren [j Lindgren or jP Lindgren]

Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey–but without any parents–at the edge of a Swedish village. Picture book versions are also available.

book coverAlice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll [j Carroll]

Beloved classic describes a little girl’s adventures in a topsy-turvy land underground and her encounters with such improbable characters as the White Rabbit, March Hare and Mad Hatter, the sleepy Dormouse, grinning Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, and the dreadful Queen of Hearts.

book coverPaddington Bear
by Michael Bond [j Bond and jP Bond]

A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington station becomes one of the family. Available in picture books and chapter books.

book coverThe Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis [j Lewis]

C.S. Lewis tells his remarkable tales of the magical land of Narnia and its immortal inhabitants including Aslan the lion, Mr Tumnus the Faun and the evil White Witch. The whole series is available.

book coverTreasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson [Stevenson, or j Stevenson]

Heady tale of a treasure map, a perilous sea journey across the Spanish Main, a mutiny led by the infamous Long John Silver, and a lethal scramble for buried treasure as seen through the eyes of cabin boy Jim Hawkins. An action-packed adventure story that will hypnotize young readers and entertain older ones.

book coverLittle Men
by Louisa May Alcott [j Alcott]

This is the third book about the March family and their friends. With two sons of her own, and twelve rescued orphan boys filling the informal school at Plumfield, Jo March (now Jo Bhaer) couldn’t be happier. But despite the warm and affectionate help of the whole March family, boys have a habit of getting into scrapes and there are plenty of troubles and adventures ahead.

Created in partnership with the Lincoln Community Playhouse by ka/Gere Branch Dec 2013 | Modified for use on BookGuide by sdc/bmpl