We’re back! In this episode of Reading the Newberys we discuss the winner of the 1934 Newbery medal Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs. This book is the biography of Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women. We are excited to be back discussing books with you all! Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and listen in to our discussion of one of the most beloved authors of all time!
In this special episode of the Team Friendship Podcast, we discuss the recent name change of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award by the ALA and ALSC. We welcome back our very special guest, Zoey, to have a round-table discussion on this topic. This name change has evoked many passionate responses, but we were able to have a meaningful conversation on human rights, racial reconciliation, and the importance of remembering and learning from our history. We hope you will take the time to listen in on this episode.
Quote from Caddie Woodlawn that Lauren couldn’t remember:
“The fear spread like a disease, nourished on rumors and race hatred. For many years now the whites had lived at peace with the Indians of Western Wisconsin, but so great was this disease of fear that even a tavern rumor could spread it like an epidemic throughout the country.” (Caddie Woodlawn, 119)
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2000 Newbery medal, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. From homelessness to jazz music—this book piqued our curiosity and inspired us to research several aspects of the Great Depression. Grab some red pop, a mustard and baloney sandwich, and some Twizzlers and listen in on our conversation about this book full of history, heartbreak, adventure, and family.
In this special episode of the Team Friendship Podcast, we are joined again by our dear friend, Zoey, as we conclude our review of the PBS mini series Little Women. As promised, we spend our final discussion of this beloved story talking about Jo and Amy. Grab some peaches and a glass of sweet tea and listen in as we discuss the childhoods, challenges, and changes in the lives of these March sisters.
In this special episode of the Team Friendship Podcast, we are joined by our very dear friend, Zoey, as we discuss the PBS mini series Little Women. We focus on Meg and Beth in this episode and also give some history on Louisa May Alcott. Grab some coffee, jam, and biscuits and listen in on our conversation!
There is a good reason why Heidi Thomas did such an excellent job writing the screenplay for this mini series
Leah and Zoey give some history on Louisa May Alcott and transcendentalism
The beauty in the ordinary
Meg’s visit to “Vanity Fair”
Does Meg truly love Mr. Brooke?
Lauren’s passionate response to some people’s critique of Meg and her role as a wife and mother
The marriage counsel we learn from Little Women
The child birth scene
Mandy gets spoiled about Beth’s death
We all love Annes Elwy’s freckles
Beth’s social anxiety and Marmee’s desire to help Beth work through it
Dumbledore! We love Beth’s relationship with Dumbledore…I mean, Mr. Laurence
Beth is a natural caregiver
Beth’s illness and acceptance that she is going to die
Beth and Jo’s relationship
The beach scene
Would Beth’s life have been different if this story had taken place in today’s era?
Women’s rights: how far we have come…and how far we still need to go
Beth’s death scene
Parents that must walk their children through death
The relevance of Little Women
The book is called Little Women….not Jo March and Her Sisters
Beth’s sass and selflessness
We will be discussing Jo and Amy in our next episode