Little Men is the second novel in the Little Women series by Louisa May Alcott, and was written in 1871. It is set some ten years after Good Wives. By this time, Jo is married to Fritz Bhaer and has two sons of her own, Robin and Teddy; Amy is married to Teddy Lawrence and has a daughter Bess; Meg has twins Demi (John) and Daisy and a baby Josy. This book covers various events at Plumfield, the school that Jo and Fritz run, and most of the characters are first introduced through the eyes of a new arrival to the school, Nat. the Bhaer’s school is an unconventional one and the students might be motherless, fatherless, orphans or difficult children: Jo and Fritz are up for all sorts of challenges. Once again, Alcott’s book is full of moral tales, often very much good and evil, black and white. Different chapters illustrate the evils of money, the importance of telling the truth, the effects of suspicion and a person’s reputation, the importance of charity, trust and love. Whilst these stories might appeal to children of the 21st century, they would need quite a lot of explanation, as the lives that these children led in the late 19th century would be barely recognisable to a child of today. These children go huckleberrying, have imaginary bull-fights, a sacrificial pyre, build a museum, grow crops and tend animals. One of the March sisters husbands dies, but no mention is made of the cause. Jo and Fritz employ novel cures for lying and punishments for disobedience. This edition has charming line drawings and colour plates by Harry Toothill. The next book in the series, Jo’s Boys, follows the lives of the Little Men some years later.