Under the Lilacs

Under the Lilacs

Ben and his trained dog, Sancho, run away from the circus and soon find a warm welcome in a kind community where spirited games are played. Theatricals and imaginative pageantry are all part of the fun....

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Title:Under the Lilacs
Author:Louisa May Alcott
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Genres:Classics
ISBN:1406927708
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:191 pages pages

Under the Lilacs Reviews

  • Jane G Meyer
    Mar 08, 2014

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

  • Terri
    May 17, 2014

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

    Another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott. She clearly was fascinated by the moral, physical, and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. Sweet! ...

    For recreational fiction, I love the imagination and charm of Louisa May Alcott's children's books. This one is a precious story starring two little girls and a boy in need who becomes part of the family for a while. ...

    Such a charming and fun book. It seems to me that I made some new friends. A joyful and relaxing book. ...

    Cute story & I'm sure I would've loved it when I was a kid. However,as an adult it just seems too much a "Children's Book"for me. ...

    This is one of those books I had sitting on my shelf for ages and only got around to reading it now. It's a gentle and light read; one you can put down for awhile and come back to at your leisure. Young Ben Brown has run away from the circus, accompanied by his faithful dog, Sancho, in...

    Most young boys dream of running away to join a circus but young Ben Brown and his clever poodle, Sancho, have run away from the circus. Ben?s father had left the circus to look for a better job, intending to send for his son once he was settled. Once his father's protection had gone...

    What a sweet, colorful little story! I still love Little Women so much more but this was a nice change of pace for me. It painted a picture of an idealistic childhood. One with stories of a circus dog and his boy who ran away from the circus because of severe abuse (although he didn't ...

    This book is intended for children; it features two sisters called Bab and Betty, who are 10 and 9 respectively, and a boy called Ben who is 12 and who has run away from a circus, looking for his father. It's old-fashioned, of course, and based in America, but the language is simpl...

    Alcott has a great affection for boys which is once again displayed in this book. She really "gets" them. I enjoy how she allows her boy characters to be boys and yet guides and directs them to use their energies to improve and the women in their lives are not present to berate or nag,...

  • Ferris
    Jun 18, 2009

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

    Another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott. She clearly was fascinated by the moral, physical, and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. Sweet! ...

  • Sue
    Jan 25, 2008

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

    Another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott. She clearly was fascinated by the moral, physical, and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. Sweet! ...

    For recreational fiction, I love the imagination and charm of Louisa May Alcott's children's books. This one is a precious story starring two little girls and a boy in need who becomes part of the family for a while. ...

    Such a charming and fun book. It seems to me that I made some new friends. A joyful and relaxing book. ...

    Cute story & I'm sure I would've loved it when I was a kid. However,as an adult it just seems too much a "Children's Book"for me. ...

    This is one of those books I had sitting on my shelf for ages and only got around to reading it now. It's a gentle and light read; one you can put down for awhile and come back to at your leisure. Young Ben Brown has run away from the circus, accompanied by his faithful dog, Sancho, in...

    Most young boys dream of running away to join a circus but young Ben Brown and his clever poodle, Sancho, have run away from the circus. Ben?s father had left the circus to look for a better job, intending to send for his son once he was settled. Once his father's protection had gone...

    What a sweet, colorful little story! I still love Little Women so much more but this was a nice change of pace for me. It painted a picture of an idealistic childhood. One with stories of a circus dog and his boy who ran away from the circus because of severe abuse (although he didn't ...

    This book is intended for children; it features two sisters called Bab and Betty, who are 10 and 9 respectively, and a boy called Ben who is 12 and who has run away from a circus, looking for his father. It's old-fashioned, of course, and based in America, but the language is simpl...

  • Kathryn
    Oct 04, 2011

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

  • Katelyn Patterson
    Jun 02, 2010

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

  • AngieA
    Jun 16, 2009

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

  • Shannon
    Jan 04, 2009

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

    Another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott. She clearly was fascinated by the moral, physical, and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. Sweet! ...

    For recreational fiction, I love the imagination and charm of Louisa May Alcott's children's books. This one is a precious story starring two little girls and a boy in need who becomes part of the family for a while. ...

  • Rachel
    Sep 15, 2013

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

    Another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott. She clearly was fascinated by the moral, physical, and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. Sweet! ...

    For recreational fiction, I love the imagination and charm of Louisa May Alcott's children's books. This one is a precious story starring two little girls and a boy in need who becomes part of the family for a while. ...

    Such a charming and fun book. It seems to me that I made some new friends. A joyful and relaxing book. ...

    Cute story & I'm sure I would've loved it when I was a kid. However,as an adult it just seems too much a "Children's Book"for me. ...

    This is one of those books I had sitting on my shelf for ages and only got around to reading it now. It's a gentle and light read; one you can put down for awhile and come back to at your leisure. Young Ben Brown has run away from the circus, accompanied by his faithful dog, Sancho, in...

    Most young boys dream of running away to join a circus but young Ben Brown and his clever poodle, Sancho, have run away from the circus. Ben?s father had left the circus to look for a better job, intending to send for his son once he was settled. Once his father's protection had gone...

    What a sweet, colorful little story! I still love Little Women so much more but this was a nice change of pace for me. It painted a picture of an idealistic childhood. One with stories of a circus dog and his boy who ran away from the circus because of severe abuse (although he didn't ...

    This book is intended for children; it features two sisters called Bab and Betty, who are 10 and 9 respectively, and a boy called Ben who is 12 and who has run away from a circus, looking for his father. It's old-fashioned, of course, and based in America, but the language is simpl...

    Alcott has a great affection for boys which is once again displayed in this book. She really "gets" them. I enjoy how she allows her boy characters to be boys and yet guides and directs them to use their energies to improve and the women in their lives are not present to berate or nag,...

    I discovered that iTunes offers many of the classics for free! I immediately began downloading the Louisa May Alcott books for summer reading. I began with the books I'd never read. I thought I'd never read Under the Lilacs but the storyline was so familiar that I'm not sure now. ...

    "Under the Lilacs is the story of a young boy, escaped from the circus and in search of his father. He comes upon friends in an unlikely spot and, once he gets a job to save money to continue his search, faces the temptation of ?settling? in one place, investing in the relationship...

    Being a fan of Alcott I was thrilled to find another of her titles. At first I thought this was going to be a story about two of the characters in the book, Bab and Betty. Two little girls, but it is actually about Ben, a boy who runs away from the circus and the scrapes he finds himse...

  • Karlyne Landrum
    Apr 08, 2010

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

  • Kathy
    Aug 31, 2013

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

  • Brenda
    May 20, 2017

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

  • Laura Verret
    Jul 11, 2009

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

  • Rhonda
    Apr 22, 2015

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

  • Laura
    Jul 06, 2015

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

    Another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott. She clearly was fascinated by the moral, physical, and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. Sweet! ...

    For recreational fiction, I love the imagination and charm of Louisa May Alcott's children's books. This one is a precious story starring two little girls and a boy in need who becomes part of the family for a while. ...

    Such a charming and fun book. It seems to me that I made some new friends. A joyful and relaxing book. ...

    Cute story & I'm sure I would've loved it when I was a kid. However,as an adult it just seems too much a "Children's Book"for me. ...

    This is one of those books I had sitting on my shelf for ages and only got around to reading it now. It's a gentle and light read; one you can put down for awhile and come back to at your leisure. Young Ben Brown has run away from the circus, accompanied by his faithful dog, Sancho, in...

    Most young boys dream of running away to join a circus but young Ben Brown and his clever poodle, Sancho, have run away from the circus. Ben?s father had left the circus to look for a better job, intending to send for his son once he was settled. Once his father's protection had gone...

    What a sweet, colorful little story! I still love Little Women so much more but this was a nice change of pace for me. It painted a picture of an idealistic childhood. One with stories of a circus dog and his boy who ran away from the circus because of severe abuse (although he didn't ...

    This book is intended for children; it features two sisters called Bab and Betty, who are 10 and 9 respectively, and a boy called Ben who is 12 and who has run away from a circus, looking for his father. It's old-fashioned, of course, and based in America, but the language is simpl...

    Alcott has a great affection for boys which is once again displayed in this book. She really "gets" them. I enjoy how she allows her boy characters to be boys and yet guides and directs them to use their energies to improve and the women in their lives are not present to berate or nag,...

    I discovered that iTunes offers many of the classics for free! I immediately began downloading the Louisa May Alcott books for summer reading. I began with the books I'd never read. I thought I'd never read Under the Lilacs but the storyline was so familiar that I'm not sure now. ...

  • Sara
    Jun 13, 2018

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

  • Robyn Markow
    Feb 24, 2018

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

    Another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott. She clearly was fascinated by the moral, physical, and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. Sweet! ...

    For recreational fiction, I love the imagination and charm of Louisa May Alcott's children's books. This one is a precious story starring two little girls and a boy in need who becomes part of the family for a while. ...

    Such a charming and fun book. It seems to me that I made some new friends. A joyful and relaxing book. ...

    Cute story & I'm sure I would've loved it when I was a kid. However,as an adult it just seems too much a "Children's Book"for me. ...

  • Sarah
    Feb 19, 2018

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

  • Pamela Shropshire
    Jan 29, 2017

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

  • Sanja_Sanjalica
    Mar 12, 2018

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

    Another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott. She clearly was fascinated by the moral, physical, and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. Sweet! ...

    For recreational fiction, I love the imagination and charm of Louisa May Alcott's children's books. This one is a precious story starring two little girls and a boy in need who becomes part of the family for a while. ...

    Such a charming and fun book. It seems to me that I made some new friends. A joyful and relaxing book. ...

  • Kelsey Bryant
    Feb 09, 2018

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

  • Michelle Akers-dicken
    Feb 16, 2015

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

    Another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott. She clearly was fascinated by the moral, physical, and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. Sweet! ...

    For recreational fiction, I love the imagination and charm of Louisa May Alcott's children's books. This one is a precious story starring two little girls and a boy in need who becomes part of the family for a while. ...

    Such a charming and fun book. It seems to me that I made some new friends. A joyful and relaxing book. ...

    Cute story & I'm sure I would've loved it when I was a kid. However,as an adult it just seems too much a "Children's Book"for me. ...

    This is one of those books I had sitting on my shelf for ages and only got around to reading it now. It's a gentle and light read; one you can put down for awhile and come back to at your leisure. Young Ben Brown has run away from the circus, accompanied by his faithful dog, Sancho, in...

    Most young boys dream of running away to join a circus but young Ben Brown and his clever poodle, Sancho, have run away from the circus. Ben?s father had left the circus to look for a better job, intending to send for his son once he was settled. Once his father's protection had gone...

    What a sweet, colorful little story! I still love Little Women so much more but this was a nice change of pace for me. It painted a picture of an idealistic childhood. One with stories of a circus dog and his boy who ran away from the circus because of severe abuse (although he didn't ...

  • Tweety
    Dec 30, 2013

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

  • Heidi
    Jul 13, 2013

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

    Another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott. She clearly was fascinated by the moral, physical, and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. Sweet! ...

    For recreational fiction, I love the imagination and charm of Louisa May Alcott's children's books. This one is a precious story starring two little girls and a boy in need who becomes part of the family for a while. ...

    Such a charming and fun book. It seems to me that I made some new friends. A joyful and relaxing book. ...

    Cute story & I'm sure I would've loved it when I was a kid. However,as an adult it just seems too much a "Children's Book"for me. ...

    This is one of those books I had sitting on my shelf for ages and only got around to reading it now. It's a gentle and light read; one you can put down for awhile and come back to at your leisure. Young Ben Brown has run away from the circus, accompanied by his faithful dog, Sancho, in...

    Most young boys dream of running away to join a circus but young Ben Brown and his clever poodle, Sancho, have run away from the circus. Ben?s father had left the circus to look for a better job, intending to send for his son once he was settled. Once his father's protection had gone...

    What a sweet, colorful little story! I still love Little Women so much more but this was a nice change of pace for me. It painted a picture of an idealistic childhood. One with stories of a circus dog and his boy who ran away from the circus because of severe abuse (although he didn't ...

    This book is intended for children; it features two sisters called Bab and Betty, who are 10 and 9 respectively, and a boy called Ben who is 12 and who has run away from a circus, looking for his father. It's old-fashioned, of course, and based in America, but the language is simpl...

    Alcott has a great affection for boys which is once again displayed in this book. She really "gets" them. I enjoy how she allows her boy characters to be boys and yet guides and directs them to use their energies to improve and the women in their lives are not present to berate or nag,...

    I discovered that iTunes offers many of the classics for free! I immediately began downloading the Louisa May Alcott books for summer reading. I began with the books I'd never read. I thought I'd never read Under the Lilacs but the storyline was so familiar that I'm not sure now. ...

    "Under the Lilacs is the story of a young boy, escaped from the circus and in search of his father. He comes upon friends in an unlikely spot and, once he gets a job to save money to continue his search, faces the temptation of ?settling? in one place, investing in the relationship...

  • Debbie Zapata
    Jun 19, 2018

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

  • Libby Talley
    Jul 26, 2015

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

  • Cindy
    Apr 30, 2015

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

  • Rebekah Morris
    Sep 08, 2017

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

  • Jupiter's Fury
    Jul 12, 2015

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

    Another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott. She clearly was fascinated by the moral, physical, and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. Sweet! ...

    For recreational fiction, I love the imagination and charm of Louisa May Alcott's children's books. This one is a precious story starring two little girls and a boy in need who becomes part of the family for a while. ...

    Such a charming and fun book. It seems to me that I made some new friends. A joyful and relaxing book. ...

    Cute story & I'm sure I would've loved it when I was a kid. However,as an adult it just seems too much a "Children's Book"for me. ...

    This is one of those books I had sitting on my shelf for ages and only got around to reading it now. It's a gentle and light read; one you can put down for awhile and come back to at your leisure. Young Ben Brown has run away from the circus, accompanied by his faithful dog, Sancho, in...

  • Sally906
    Nov 20, 2011

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared. And while they searched, it reappeared once more. Bab and Betty were confused ? ...

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write. I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series. I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work durin...

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy. ...

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books. The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth. People are doing their best and it's just good enough. Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him. B...

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem! Of all Louisa May Alcott's books this is the sweetest. I admit that I like Rose in Bloom more, but this one is every bit as good. Of all the characters the dog is the one I remember vividly, the others are just a hazy memory from a hot ...

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children. When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt. It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, h...

    What a sweet story! I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize. One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that's saying a lot. ...

    I hadn't read this book in many years; in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it. Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me. The story is about the characters in a small New England village. The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs. Moss,...

    I really liked this book. Some of the reviews on Amazon were not good. They said it wasn't Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books. I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can't be bad. This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was...

    I was a little worried that I would be comparing this to Little Women which is my favorite book of all time. Little Women it certainly was not. However, it is a lovely little story that has its own merits. Very similar to Little Women in that it could also be a collection of short stor...

    I was a bit disappointed with this work. I had just finished Rose in Bloom and An Old-Fashioned Girl, so I suppose that I was expecting a more mature book. It is a sweet read, however, for young readers who wish to become familiar with classic authors. The book follows two young sis...

    A very gentle tale, centered around an unconventional grouping of people that became family. Though idealistic in nature, the body of this book sweeps you back a hundred years to a different time and place. The story is warm, and inspirational, but it also had an unexpected effect of s...

    3.5 stars. While not my favorite story by Louisa May Alcott, I did enjoy it. Bab and Betty are so cute! And I liked Ben right from the start. While not a very exciting story, it was well told and fun to read. It also held the same delightful "flavor" as all of Alcott's works. I loved t...

    When I was 10 or so Little Women was my favorite book in the world. And I reread it throughout the decades, and still love it. But it has been awhile. So, picking up Under the Lilacs, which I somehow missed in childhood, I anticipated the delight of another Alcott world immersion. And ...

    This is one of the books I bought for free for my new Kindle. I thoroughly love Louisa May Alcott, so when I saw this I just had to get it. It took a little while to read, but it's one of those books that was difficult to put down when I had to. The only thing I didn't like about the d...

    A fine example of classic children's literature. Under the lilacs harks back to a simple time where virtue and honestly are the by words of life. A homeless runaway finds charity in a small town. His feet are set on the path of life while while benevolent friends surround and suppor...

    This one can turn into a bit of a morality play at times, but it's still a very sweet little story. For some reason I remembered it as a story about two little girls living next to a mysterious house, when it's really more of a "little lost boy finds a home" story. I liked Alcott's "Li...

    I don't really know why this was one of my favorite books as a child. Was it the circus boy and dog? Or just the pastoral beauty of all those lilacs? I'm not sure if the "moral" just went over my head or if, as small children do, I instinctively just liked the comments on good and evil...

    Another lovely morality tale by Louisa May Alcott. She clearly was fascinated by the moral, physical, and emotional lives and upbringing of boys and girls as they make the transition from youth to young adulthood. Sweet! ...

    For recreational fiction, I love the imagination and charm of Louisa May Alcott's children's books. This one is a precious story starring two little girls and a boy in need who becomes part of the family for a while. ...

    Such a charming and fun book. It seems to me that I made some new friends. A joyful and relaxing book. ...

    Cute story & I'm sure I would've loved it when I was a kid. However,as an adult it just seems too much a "Children's Book"for me. ...

    This is one of those books I had sitting on my shelf for ages and only got around to reading it now. It's a gentle and light read; one you can put down for awhile and come back to at your leisure. Young Ben Brown has run away from the circus, accompanied by his faithful dog, Sancho, in...

    Most young boys dream of running away to join a circus but young Ben Brown and his clever poodle, Sancho, have run away from the circus. Ben?s father had left the circus to look for a better job, intending to send for his son once he was settled. Once his father's protection had gone...