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Invincible Louisa

Quick Glance



This is the total number of profanity incidents in this 247 page book.

*As personal standards vary, please see the breakdown to determine what matters to you.

Author: Cornelia Meigs
Key Words: Biography, Newbery Medal, Teen

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Book Description:

The fascinating life of Louisa May Alcott, from her happy childhood to her successful career as a writer. Children who loved Little Women will enjoy reading about the real-life Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.


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Children's Bad Words

Mild Obscenities and Substitutions - 1 Incident


Name Calling - 1 Incident


Religious Profanities - 1 Incident

“Ye gods, how do I sleep here,”

Religious & Supernatural - 5 Incidents

Briefly describes the Quaker’s belief and lifestyle.

Briefly describes Transcendentalism, “the life in which honest, sincerity, unselfishness, and all things of the spirit were to be the rule instead of things of the body.” Mentioned throughout the book.

“It was his [Louisa’s father] sure belief that God would always provide for those who loved Him. Abba believed it also, with a difference. She thought that God expected people to help themselves as far as they could and not to lay the whole burden upon Him.”

Again, describes Transcendentalism and some of its rules.

Describes the Shaker’s way of life.

Violence - None

Romance Related - 10 Incidents

A woman falls in love and, against the warnings of family and friends, marries the man suddenly.

Mentions how Louisa had a crush on Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Mentions a girl being “unhappy over a small love affair which had not gone properly.”

Mentions a boy that “had developed a tender passion” for a girl.

Mentions a boy who stole a kiss and how “kissing was not an approved custom among the Alcotts.”

An older man kisses a girl on her wedding and Louisa states, “I thought that honor would make even matrimony endurable.”

Some grateful soldiers kiss a nurse goodbye.

Mentions several of Louisa’s lovers.

A young man kisses a lady’s hand.

Breast - not sexual

Attitudes/Disobedience - 7 Incidents

Temper: “But Louisa and her mother remained inflammable Mays to the very end.”

“The stormy, never-quiet Louisa, who found it so hard to be obedient.”

“She was impatient and rebellious and in fact much too young for any such hard labor. But she did it all without much need of being urged, for she was bound that her mother should not be too heavily burdened.”

Louisa had “grief over the bad temper which would not be controlled.”

A father “wanted to lay violent hands” on a man that cheated his daughter of her wages (he did not).

Author says, “she was very sensitive, as all creative persons must be.”

Mentions a girl’s temper and her response to correction.

Conversation Topics - 7 Incidents

Mentions tobacco.

Louisa’s father teaches at a school held in a Masonic Temple.

Using the word Negro throughout the book.

Bronson [Louisa’s father] tries to decide whether he should separate from his wife and family for the sake of his great Transcendental experiment and asks each family member for their thoughts.

Louisa’s parents decide to let her and Anna go to school (rather than be taught at home) and the author states that they were “wise enough to see ...that the girls needed companions of their own age and should not always study alone.”

“She was always lamenting the fact that she was not born a boy.”

Louisa, at one point being very disheartened, wished she could die.

Parent Takeaway

Although the author does mention Louisa's and other peoples faults, I feel that she imposed her own bias upon her narration; sometimes making justifications for or trying to explain away their actions. Examples are above but I wanted you, as the parent, to be aware that this slant is strong throughout the book and could cause your child to think better of certain actions (such as Bronson's lack of provision for his family, the depression which he sunk into that kept him from being a strong moral figure to his family, etc.). If you can ignore Meig's impositions, this is a great and interesting read about Louisa May Alcott, an author close to so many girls' hearts.

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