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December 16, 2009


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I think there are a lot of authors influenced by "girls who write" such as Jo March, Betsy Ray, Emily Starr, etc. But I was impressed to learn that writer Perri Klass had actually named her daughter Josephine! That little girl recently finished high school and moved on to Princeton so it worked for her...

Gale Laure

The book that changed my life was also "Little Women". I have one of the old classic versions given to me as a gift from a very sweet Santa.

Beth in Ohio

I am the youngest of three sisters and when I was born my parents had my sisters help name me. I am named after Beth in Little Women. To this day I am very thankful that they were advanced readers for their age and my name wasn't Spot or Lassie!

Thank you for constantly sharing your life and gifts.


When my kids started asking me if Santa was real, I could very easily say "I know this--every Christmas morning I wake up and my stocking is full." And I really do believe in the magic of Santa. So it was heartbreaking when my baby finally admitted to me last year that she had known for a couple of years that there was not Santa.

Cari McGee

I've always thought, "Never trust a woman who hasn't read 'Little Women'." Now I amend that further"...and who doesn't believe Jo was a fool to reject Laurie!"

Rachael Herron

Awwww. My sister Bethany wrote a response to this blog.

Trena Garrison

When I was a young girl in school over 30 years ago I remember reading a book series with a girl named star. does anyone know the name of these books?


It was probably the Carolyn Haywood books about the (other) Betsy. Betsy's little sister is born on Christmas, if I recall correctly, and Betsy names her Star.

In addition to AOGG, L.M. Montgomery wrote a series about Emily Byrd Starr. She is occasionally called Star but it is less likely to be this series as it was not widely available in the US 30 years ago. It is well worth reading, however!

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