Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott

Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott

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Louisa May Alcott, more famously known for her Little Women series, takes a familiar nursery rhyme and creates a whole novel out of it in one of her last books Jack and Jill: A Village Story. Though she continued to publish under the penname AM Barnard, this book probably marked the end of a particular writing phase in 1880. Jack and Jill is set in the fictional Harmony Village. On a December afternoon, the youngsters of the village are out enjoying the bracing cold and snow. The bright winter shines down as they have fun skating and sledding. A group of spectators sits on the fences, watching their more active friends zoom past on toboggans or skates. A shiny red sled comes hurtling past, carrying a tall, golden haired lad and a tiny, black haired girl. They are the inseparable friends, Jack Minot and Janey Pecq, nicknamed Jack and Jill by the villagers in keeping with the famous rhyme. Disaster strikes when Janey (Jill) compels Jack to coast down a perilous slope. The two are seriously injured and the rest of the story follows their convalescence and consequent growing into maturity and adulthood. Apart from the entertaining and educational story, Jack and Jill also tackles several important social issues of the day. Children's health, the transition from childhood to adolescence, the importance of emotional support during illness and the life-changing consequences of our impulsive actions are some of the themes that are explored in detail in this entertaining yet thought provoking novel. Filled with interesting characters and Alcott's typical spiritual underpinnings, the book also looks at that crucial stage of human development – Adolescence. This phase, with all its emotional and physical changes, the angst and joys, the rebellion and the learning are all wonderfully portrayed through many of the characters like Molly Boo and other friends of Jack and Janey. Many of Louisa May Alcott's stories and novels are based on autobiographical elements. Her father, Amos Bronson Alcott was a spiritual healer and teacher who compelled his family to adopt an unconventional and experimental lifestyle in a commune. The young Louisa was a rebel and chafed under the tough child rearing practices favored by her father. Some of these features can be seen in her fictional characters like Jo March. In this particular book, Jack and Jill too, where Janey Pecqt's mettlesome personality is finally “tamed.” As an early forerunner of the “tough love” philosophy of child rearing, Jack and Jill is indeed an interesting and entertaining read.
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Louisa May Alcott, more famously known for her Little Women series, takes a familiar nursery rhyme and creates a whole novel out of it in one of her last books Jack and Jill: A Village Story. Though she continued to publish under the penname AM Barnard, this book probably marked the end of a particular writing phase in 1880. Jack and Jill is set in the fictional Harmony Village. On a December afternoon, the youngsters of the village are out enjoying the bracing cold and snow. The bright winter shines down as they have fun skating and sledding. A group of spectators sits on the fences, watching their more active friends zoom past on toboggans or skates. A shiny red sled comes hurtling past, carrying a tall, golden haired lad and a tiny, black haired girl. They are the inseparable friends, Jack Minot and Janey Pecq, nicknamed Jack and Jill by the villagers in keeping with the famous rhyme. Disaster strikes when Janey (Jill) compels Jack to coast down a perilous slope. The two are seriously injured and the rest of the story follows their convalescence and consequent growing into maturity and adulthood. Apart from the entertaining and educational story, Jack and Jill also tackles several important social issues of the day. Children's health, the transition from childhood to adolescence, the importance of emotional support during illness and the life-changing consequences of our impulsive actions are some of the themes that are explored in detail in this entertaining yet thought provoking novel. Filled with interesting characters and Alcott's typical spiritual underpinnings, the book also looks at that crucial stage of human development – Adolescence. This phase, with all its emotional and physical changes, the angst and joys, the rebellion and the learning are all wonderfully portrayed through many of the characters like Molly Boo and other friends of Jack and Janey. Many of Louisa May Alcott's stories and novels are based on autobiographical elements. Her father, Amos Bronson Alcott was a spiritual healer and teacher who compelled his family to adopt an unconventional and experimental lifestyle in a commune. The young Louisa was a rebel and chafed under the tough child rearing practices favored by her father. Some of these features can be seen in her fictional characters like Jo March. In this particular book, Jack and Jill too, where Janey Pecqt's mettlesome personality is finally “tamed.” As an early forerunner of the “tough love” philosophy of child rearing, Jack and Jill is indeed an interesting and entertaining read.
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Chapter 01-The Catastroph...

02 Jan 2021 | 17 mins 36 secs

Chapter 01-The Catas...

02 Jan 2021 | 17 mins 36 secs

Chapter 02-Two Penitents

01 Jan 2021 | 12 mins 35 secs

Chapter 02-Two Penit...

01 Jan 2021 | 12 mins 35 secs

Chapter 03-Ward Number On...

31 Dec 2020 | 25 mins 29 secs

Chapter 03-Ward Numb...

31 Dec 2020 | 25 mins 29 secs

Chapter 04-Ward Number Tw...

30 Dec 2020 | 20 mins 31 secs

Chapter 04-Ward Numb...

30 Dec 2020 | 20 mins 31 secs

Chapter 05-Secrets

29 Dec 2020 | 11 mins 30 secs

Chapter 05-Secrets

29 Dec 2020 | 11 mins 30 secs

Chapter 06-Surprises

28 Dec 2020 | 30 mins 52 secs

Chapter 06-Surprises

28 Dec 2020 | 30 mins 52 secs

Chapter 07-Jill’s Mission

27 Dec 2020 | 26 mins 27 secs

Chapter 07-Jill’s Mi...

27 Dec 2020 | 26 mins 27 secs

Chapter 08-Merry and Moll...

26 Dec 2020 | 26 mins 36 secs

Chapter 08-Merry and...

26 Dec 2020 | 26 mins 36 secs

Chapter 09-The Debating C...

25 Dec 2020 | 27 mins 42 secs

Chapter 09-The Debat...

25 Dec 2020 | 27 mins 42 secs

Chapter 10-The Dramatic C...

24 Dec 2020 | 22 mins 59 secs

Chapter 10-The Drama...

24 Dec 2020 | 22 mins 59 secs

Chapter 11-Down Brakes

23 Dec 2020 | 18 mins 28 secs

Chapter 11-Down Brak...

23 Dec 2020 | 18 mins 28 secs

Chapter 12-The Twenty-sec...

22 Dec 2020 | 29 mins 05 secs

Chapter 12-The Twent...

22 Dec 2020 | 29 mins 05 secs

Chapter 13-Jack Has a Mys...

21 Dec 2020 | 26 mins 01 sec

Chapter 13-Jack Has ...

21 Dec 2020 | 26 mins 01 sec

Chapter 14-And Jill Finds...

20 Dec 2020 | 20 mins 46 secs

Chapter 14-And Jill ...

20 Dec 2020 | 20 mins 46 secs

Chapter 15-Saint Lucy

19 Dec 2020 | 24 mins 51 secs

Chapter 15-Saint Luc...

19 Dec 2020 | 24 mins 51 secs