Spinning-Wheel Stories

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

A group of stories-within-a-story, told in the classic Louisa May Alcott style.

"I've a little cold," said the old lady, "and am too hoarse for talking, my dears; but Aunt Elinor has looked up a parcel of old tales that I've told her at different times and which she has written down. You will like to hear her reading better than my dull way of telling them, and I can help Minnie and Lotty with their work, for I see they are bent on learning to spin."

The young folk were well pleased with grandma's proposal; for Aunt Nell was a favorite with all, being lively and kind and fond of children, and the only maiden aunt in the family. Now, she smilingly produced a faded old portfolio, and, turning over a little pile of manuscripts, said in her pleasant way:

"Here are all sorts, picked up in my travels at home and abroad; and in order to suit all of you, I have put the names on slips of paper into this basket, and each can draw one in turn. Does that please my distinguished audience?"

(Summary by TriciaG and from the book)

Genre(s): Children's Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Grandma's Story Alex Lau
Play 02 02 - Tabby's Table-Cloth Lauren Jane
Play 03 03 - Eli's Education Katalina Watt
Play 04 04 - Onawandah Lauren Jane
Play 05 05 - Little Things Katalina Watt
Play 06 06 - The Banner of Beaumanoir Bart in 't Veld
Play 07 07 - Jerseys; or, the Girl's Ghost Jeanni Hall
Play 08 08 - The Little House in the Garden Tara Dow
Play 09 09 - Daisy's Jewel-Box, and How She Filled It kandice stehlik
Play 10 10 - Corny's Catamount Jeanni Hall
Play 11 11 - The Cooking-Class Michele Eaton
Play 12 12 - The Hare and the Tortoise Lyn Silva