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Eight Cousins or the Aunt-Hill [School & Library Binding]

Louisa May Alcott , Jane Dyer
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May 1996 0613717538 978-0613717533
After being recently orphaned Rose must live with her aunts, the matriarchs of her wealthy Boston family. When Rose's guardian, Uncle Alec, returns from abroad, he takes over her care. She becomes happier and healthier while finding her place in her family of seven boy cousins and numerous aunts and uncles. Each chapter describes an adventure in Rose's life as she learns to help herself and others make good choices. Rose must define for herself her role as the only woman of her generation in her family and as an heiress in Boston's elite society.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Grade 6 Up-At the age of 13, Rose finds herself orphaned and living with two elderly aunts on "Aunt Hill" where she is treated as delicately as the flower for which she is named. But Rose soon finds her quiet world turned upside down with the arrival of her seven boisterous boy cousins followed by her Uncle Alec, a doctor and a world traveler. Upon meeting Rose, Uncle Alec quickly prescribes fresh air and much activity to help with the girl's poor constitution. Uncle Alec's diagnosis turns out to be an accurate one and Rose, with the help of her cousins, finds herself in the middle of much hijinx and merriment. Veteran stage actress Barbara Caruso brilliantly breaths life into each and every one of Louisa May Alcott's delightful characters. With just the slightest change of inflection she is able to capture the essence of each character from the oldest to the very youngest. This audiobook would be an asset to any collection.
Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Louisa May Alcott was both an abolitionist and a feminist. She is best known for Little Women (1868), a semiautobiographical account of her childhood years with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Alcott, unlike Jo, never married. She was an advocate of women's suffrage and was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Andrea
I had to read an audio book for a school project, and i chose "Eight Cousins". It is about Rose Campbell, her rowdy seven boy cousins, and her many aunts and uncles! Her guardian, doctor, and uncle, Alec, is trying to restore the rosiness in Rose's yellow cheeks. He prescribes many odd diganoses that amazingly work. Rose changes from a frail child to a warm, caring, and hearty young woman. I'm sure many other readers will laugh and cry as the touching chapters of any Alcott book are turned--I know i did! But I'd recommened this book for girls, of any age, instead of boys!
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I had to read an audio book for a school report, and "Eight Cousins" was the one I picked out. "Eight Cousins is about Rose Campbell: now orphaned and raised improperly by her two great aunts. Then along comes her guardian, Uncle Alec, and her seven boy cousins to cheer up the frail Rose!! Dr. Alec prescribes many queer diagonses that amazingly make Rose happy again. The once shy and weak girl is now a beautiful and rosey cheeked young woman, truely resembling the blossoming rose she should be!! Louisa May Alcott truely has written another wonderful book, bursting with truth, wisdom, and humor. I would love to read the sequel!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great book Jan. 26 2004
By amber
Rose has lost her mother & father & has been left in the care of her uncle.Rose is afraid of having to be around all 7 of her cousins which are all boys. Rose gets used to all of her cousins and has many good times with them.Rose enjoyes living with her uncle & aunts.I have read this book 3 times & love it alot.I dont know who would dot like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books! April 9 2003
By Leleh
When my teacher told us that we had to choose a book from her book list for our book reports, I had no idea what book to choose. After a while I finally chose this book, Eight Cousins. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down!!
The book is about the time when Rose Campbell's father died, and Rose went to live with her Aunt Peace and her Aunt Plenty , who lived in a big house on Aunt Hill, until her uncle, her legal guardian, came for her. When Rose arrived she was a very sickly & scared girl. Her aunts didn't know what to do with her, and she was surrounded by 7 loud and wild boy cousins. When her savior/guardian, Uncle Alec arrives, she puts her full trust into him, and he helps overcome her fears, & turns her into a very pretty and healthy child. It wasn't long before Rose was as happy, healthy and lively as any of her cousins.
Don't worry, I didn't give away the ending, (the back of the book tells even more than this)! As I said before, this is one of the best books I have ever read, (I even cried a little at the end!!!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As 'Little Women' Nov. 28 2002
This is the wonderful story of Rose Campbell, whom we first meet as a sickly and despondent 13-year-old orphan. She is grieving for her recently dead parents, and she tends to get the vapors and other Victorian women's ailments. Nevertheless, this shy, frail and delicate creature is sent to live on the "Aunt Hill" to be raised by six very opinionated aunts.
And that's not all. She is also surrounded by seven male cousins, as boisterous and full of life as they come. Rose's initial reaction is to wish herself dead. Barely able to lift her head, she is frightened and overwhelmed by the presence of her mischievous clan. But deep inside, she is secretly envious. The boys get to climb trees and run and play, while Rose, as all young women in her day, is confined to the parlor, constricted by tight corsets and impossible petticoats.
Along comes Uncle Mac, the doctor uncle whose view of how to raise girls clashes with his day and time--and all six of his sisters, the formidable aunts. In the character of Doctor Mac, Louisa May Alcott was able to tout her own family's avant garde views on women's health, almost a century ahead of its time. The doctor forbids Rose to wear the constricting corsets, to the horror of all her aunts and the girl herself. He wonders how she can feel healthy when she cannot draw a decent breath? He encourages her to play outside with her cousins, to get fresh air and exercise. He demands that she eat good, hearty meals instead of womanly morsels. And under his tutelage, and with the friendship of her wonderful cousins, Rose starts to bloom. She turns from a shy, sickly little mouse into a strong, outgoing young woman.
I loved this book as a child; I love it now. It has the perfect message for any girl of any age: Be yourself, take care of yourself, and nothing and nobody can stop you. In my view, "Eight Cousins" is Alcott's true masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bachelor Uncle to the Rescue Sept. 6 2002
Rose is a sad little girl. Orphaned at the tender age of 13, she has been in the hands of several well-meaning but misguided aunts, all of whom are stifling her with their good intentions.
When Uncle Alec finally arrives on the scene, he vows to undue the damage done by the aunts. To that end, he demands one year to do with Rose as he will. If, at the end of that time, the results are not satisfactory to all, he will again concede control to the females.
Touching and sweet, most little girls will enjoy this book. I read it over and over as a child, and never tired of the antics of Rose's 7 boy cousins as they tried to please, entertain, and earn her favor. Reading it over again as an adult, I'd say there's nothing in this book to worry a parent. It's a good, wholesome story, and some of the lessons found inside it's pages still apply today.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Eight Reasons NOT to Read Eight Cousins...
Okay, I'm being a little harsh because anyone who's read Little Women knows that Louisa May Alcott is capable of writing spellbinding novels. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book
I loved "Eight Cousins". You get to know the characters thoroughly by the end of the book-there is great description. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2002 by Caitlin
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not your boring classic! It is Fantasic!
I'm in grade 9 and for an english project at school, we had to pick any classic and write stuff about it. Read more
Published on June 9 2002 by Maryanne G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost 30 and still read it at least twice a year!
Ok, so I know I wrote a review nearly 3 years ago about Eight Cousins but I feel I must add to previous entry. Read more
Published on April 20 2002 by Teri Short
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I feel in love with the idea of having older brothers after reading this book. Louisa May Alcott is still my favorite author and I am almost 30.
Published on April 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Suprise
I was 7 or 8 when I first picked this book out of the shelf at the local libary. I did not know a thing about other then that it was written by the Alcott. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2002 by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars A Colorful Book for a Colorful Reader!
Eight Cousins in one of my favorite books! The stories behind the pages showsuspense and brilliance in every word. Please, reader, read this book, for you wont regret it! Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2001 by Smiles
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