Louisa May's Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women

Louisa May s Battle How the Civil War Led to Little Women Louisa May Alcott is best known for penning Little Women but few are aware of the experience that influenced her writing most her time as a nurse during the Civil War Caring for soldiers wounds and w

  • Title: Louisa May's Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women
  • Author: Kathleen Krull Carlyn Beccia
  • ISBN: 9780802796684
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Louisa May Alcott is best known for penning Little Women, but few are aware of the experience that influenced her writing most her time as a nurse during the Civil War Caring for soldiers wounds and writing letters home for them inspired a new realism in her work When her own letters home were published as Hospital Sketches, she had her first success as a writer The acLouisa May Alcott is best known for penning Little Women, but few are aware of the experience that influenced her writing most her time as a nurse during the Civil War Caring for soldiers wounds and writing letters home for them inspired a new realism in her work When her own letters home were published as Hospital Sketches, she had her first success as a writer The acclaim for her new writing style inspired her to use this approach in Little Women, which was one of the first novels to be set during the Civil War It was the book that made her dreams come true, and a story she could never have written without the time she spent healing others in service of her country.

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    • This is a very engaging biography of Louisa May Alcott that primarily depicts her time working in a Civil War hospital and the inspiration that it gave her to write. The narrative is very engaging and I love that it shows how she was unafraid to go against custom and pursue her dreams. The 'digital oil' illustrations are very realistic and expressive. We really enjoyed reading this book together.I read Little Women numerous times in my childhood and I love that book. I have not yet read it with [...]


    • This outline of Alcott's stint as a Civil War nurse, and how it impacted her writing was an interesting slice of her life. Krull spent careful time using Alcott sources to get the clear effect that Alcott was disgusted by nursing work while at the same time getting a kind of satisfaction from it--whether this was just the value of work, or a sense of contribution to the war effort, I'm not sure. At any rate, that was a nice flash of humanity. Beyond that, the books seems to suffer from what we s [...]


    • I enjoyed learning a little more about this author and the time she spent as a nurse during the Civil War. She's not necessarily one that kiddos will be drawn to on their own but this would be an excellent title for use in a classroom study. No non-fiction text features but interesting narrative.The illustrations were a little uneven. Some I loved and some were so-so.


    • Louisa May Alcott is famous around the world as the author of Little Women, one of the most beloved works of literature for children, but what is less known is that she may never have had a career as a writer at all if not for her valiant service as a nurse during the Civil War.It is this lesser-known part of Alcott's life that award-winning author Kathleen Krull concentrates on in her handsome new picture book about the iconic author, Louisa May's Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women ( [...]


    • Louisa May's Battle is a beautiful children's picture storybook filled with colorful full-page artwork. The story begins with a brief, half page history of women and nursing during the great American Civil War. Miss Alcott's burden and passion to serve her country in one of the only way's available to women in this time, as well as a desire to earn an income for her family at home, leads Louisa to serve as a nurse at the age of 30. Her long and strenuous train ride to Washington, D.C. are only t [...]


    • Even today, the books of Louisa May Alcott remain popular with the late elementary and early middle grade set. This picture book biography describes her time spent volunteering as a war nurse during the Civil War. The experience of navigating through an unfamiliar city and taking care of the injured soldiers transformed the sheltered young woman in many ways. Relying on the notes she took during that time, she found her voice and inspiration through the sketches of hospital life she wrote and ha [...]


    • I thought this book was good as an adult, but I have my doubts about how it would go over with a kid. I love Little Women and think Alcott's life is very interesting, but the language in this book doesn't quite gel with the illustrations. They seemed to be such an awkward fit. Not a bad choice for a youth biography but I think there are better ones out there.


    • I am a longtime fan of anything Louisa May Alcott, based upon my warm childhood memories of reading Little Women and Eight Cousins multiple times. This book did not disappoint and I especially appreciated the author notes at the back about women in medicine and the Civil War.



    • Date: September 13th, 2014Author: Kathleen Krull; Illustrations by Carlyn Beccia Title: Louisa May's Battle: How the Civil War Led To Little WomenPlot: Krull's picture-book biography focuses on the life of Louisa May Alcott, a young woman who became a nurse during the Civil War who became one of the most successful women writers in her time by writing stories centered around the Civil War, including Little Women. Setting: Concord; New London, Connecticut; Washington (D.C.)Characters: Louisa May [...]


    • Krull, K & Beccia, C. (2013). Louisa May's Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women. New York: Walker & Co.Picture Book SoakI love Louisa May Alcott and particularly Little Women, so I was excited to find this book. It details Alcott’s work in a hospital in Washington D.C caring for the wounded during the civil war. Several pages are devoted to Alcott’s difficulties travelling from Concord, Massachusetts to Washington, many of them caused because of her gender. This book is a mu [...]


    • This takes one important episode of Alcott's life and shows how the experience led to her breakthrough title, Little Women. It is very well done. My main criticism is one that is unavoidable in this type of biography. A student cannot rely on this book alone to get their report written up. Of course, that is likely a good thing in that it makes the student have to read another book or reference title. Again, this is a title that I don't feel I've reviewed well. Perhaps I'll come back to it when [...]


    • Covers an extraordinary chapter in the life of Louisa May Alcott, when she volunteers to serve as a Civil War nurse. It serves to illuminate her humanitarianism, as well as her pluck. These experiences gave her fodder for her later novels. And the picture of her using an overturned teapot in the hospital as a writing service is priceless in conveying her determination. Recommend for 2nd - 5th grade, though the upper grades might consider it too babyish because of the illustrations. For teachers [...]


    • An interesting bit of Louisa May Alcott's life, taking us from age 30 when she signed on as a Civil War nurse in Washington to the publication of Little Women at age 36 and Alcott's subsequent writing career. The pacing was off for me (three full spreads on her journey from Massachusetts to Washington to begin her nurse's post?) and I didn't care for the illustrations - they seemed flat to me. Back matter includes a note about women in medicine, a nice list of sources, and a note about the Battl [...]


    • A nicely done "back story" to Louis May Alcott's fiction writing. Young readers learn about the Civil War, civilian nurses, the Emancipation Proclamation and how her Civil War sketches led to her novels. Krull (as always) does an excellent job showing the history, but most importantly, Alcott's feelings as she lived the history (using quotes from her journals).Beccia's paintings fit the time period and show how hard nursing was in small details like Louisa's blood-streaked apron.Note: I support [...]


    • 4.5 starsA glimpse into a little part of Louisa May Alcott's lifeher journey into nursing service during the Civil War, which led to her publishing stories of this time, and then eventually stories of her life growing up--hence the publishing of Little Women. Very interesting story. Beautiful illustrations. Back matter with sources and more information. Good to share before reading the classic tale and good addition to historical time period of the Civil War or for a study of women in history.


    • I really wanted to really like it, however, the title is misleading; the cause and effect implied in the title is not quite clear. She was already a writer; her experiences as a nurse hardly seem tied to her composing "Little Women" over the course of a mere ten weeks. Readers of Alcott's classic will be able to make a few connections between plot points and real-life events; however, the expectation since this is a children's picture book is that these connections will be made clearly and cogen [...]


    • I really enjoyed this book. It was about a women, Louisa May, during the Civil War. She was very strong in her beliefs against slavery, and decided to join the fight. She became an army nurse. I liked the pictures that went along with the story and all the historical context that went along with it. I am a huge Civil War buff and believe it was a turning point in our nations history and would include in my curriculum as a future educator.


    • I may at times get irked by her didactic writing style, but I have always admired Louisa May Alcott. This book is about a part of her history that I did not know. It may have only been a few weeks, but I could see how influential her service in the Civil War would affect her writing. Well-written. A bit on the praising side rather than partial, but not too bad. I liked it, as I have been liking these other Women Pioneers books I've been reading lately.


    • Did you ever wonder about the woman who wrote Little Women? Here's your chance to see what battle she had to faced that led to the popularity of her famous books!Check it out at our library!


    • I am going to say something that will offend everyone! I have never read Little Women. I have, however, driven by Louis May Alcotts House in MassachusettsThis was an excellent non-ficition for late elementary school kids. I learned a lot that I wouldn't have learned about herd It makes me want to read Little Womend I hope it does that for other reader !


    • I loved "Little Women" so I liked this insight into the author. Not a huge fan of the art in this book though. Looked kind of sappy, and the subject matter is grim - Alcott struggling to work as a nurse, the horrors of the hospital, and the difficulties, frankly, of being apparently the only wage earner in the Alcott family. Krull handles the difficult subject matter well.


    • Nice look at one part of Louisa May Alcott's life, the month she spent as a nurse in the Civil War, and how that led to her successful writing career. Great details about Civil War nursing and Alcott's family life, and how she became a success later. Beautiful illustrations.


    • Did you know that at the age of 30, Louisa May Alcott, applied to be a Civil War army nurse? Great read aloud for Women's History and/or Civil War study. Many students might read Little Women after listening to the book.


    • I think Louisa May Alcott led a much more interesting life this is about a very short time period- weeks - in which she was a nurse during the Civil War and so I'm not sure why the author chose this part on which to focus


    • Interesting tale. Found the illustrations wanting.ough in retrospect they are probably appropriate to the era.



    • Interesting background info in a children's bookLoved her books- even went to Concord, Massachusetts and visited her home!



    • A fascinating and informative biography about the experiences that Louisa May Alcott faced during the Civil War and how these helped her to eventually pen her seminal novel Little Women.


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