The lovable Jo March, introduced to us in Little Women, is now married with two sons of her own and an adopted family of 12 boys. And she couldn't be happier. Since starting an informal school at Plumfield, Jo and Professor Bhaer provide a haven for poor orphaned boys who thrive on warmth, goodness, and the affectionate interest of the March and Bhaer families. Sometimes it's difficult to tame the wild manners and spirits of wild boys who have had no nurturing. But the Bhaers have time for all and are rewarded with the trust of the boys who confide all their hopes, plans, ambitions, and misfortunes.
I can't begin to express how much I enjoyed re-reading Little Men by Louisa May Alcott. The wild Jo March has been tamed into a wonderful mother, wife and caregiver to her little school of men. In case you think it might be full with the wild romping of boys that are a few little girls involved also. This story is full of delightful adventures, disasters, and learning the boys (and girls) experience at Plumfield.
If you are a mother this book will really tug at the heartstrings. I found as I listened that I could learn a lot from the Bhaers and their parenting techniques, the main one being the unconditional love they showed to their boys. Not only that but I really enjoyed the view from the past of how the children in those days entertained and themselves. It was very enlightening and educational! Overall, Little Men is an enjoyable yet very touching story.
On a side note: If it bothers you that Jo married Mr. Bhaer then I highly recommend reading Little Men. It really helps to see how their relationship works out.