Lotta's Progress

Lotta's Progress A Fictionalized Historical Story Of A Young Girl S Encounter With The Legendary Alcott Family By Louisa May Alcott S Award Winning Biographer, Norma JohnstonLotta Muller S Family Has Come To American From Germany, Dreaming Of A Life Of Opportunity But Finding Only Cruel Disappointment In Th Century Immigrant Boston None Of Them Speaks English And, With Lotta S Father Out Of Work, They Fall On Hard Times When Lotta Becomes Friends With Louisa May Alcott, They Are Rescued By The Alcott Family And, Through The Alcotts, Lotta Discovers A New World Of Books, Ideas, And The Possibility That She Can Live Her Dream

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  • Hardcover
  • 160 pages
  • Lotta's Progress
  • Norma Johnston
  • English
  • 11 March 2018
  • 9780380973675

10 thoughts on “Lotta's Progress

  1. says:

    Based on general readabilty and enjoyment, Norma Johnston s Lotta s Progress is or rather, it should be a solid three star offering not spectacular by any means, definitely a little too much stereotyping of Irish and German Americans at times, but the characters are generally well enough conceptualised and with generally sufficient nuance developed, even if the Alcott family does seem to appear a bit like a deus ex machina plot device, again and again rescuing members of the Muller family from one disaster, from one catastrophe after another.Further, in my opinion, after now having read a number of recent biographies on Louisa May Alcott, I do kind of feel that the author, that Norma Johnson has portrayed especially Bronson Alcott, as he was depicted and shown through the filter of Louisa May s daughterly love and respect in Little Women than how he actually seems to have been in real life, with many, if not most of his faults, his often rather problematic, even occasionally destructive eccentricities than being deliberately ignored That said, and these issues notwithstanding, I truly have enjoyed reading about Lotta and her family s struggles as 19th century German immigrants to the United States especially as it is often rather difficult to find recent English language children s books that portray German Americans, that portray Germans in general in a non problematic, positive and unbiased manner and do not have WWII and Naziism as an automatic main theme.Now I actually first read this novel a few years ago in 2012 , and have debated with myself ever since about how to rate and review Lotta s Progress And indeed, as stated above, Lotta s Progress is, from a thematic and characterisation, from a character development point of view, a solid and generally enjoyable three star read, or at least, it likely would be for most I, however, simply cannot accept the woeful and constant mispellings of the German language words and phrases used Now, if there had been a few such mistakes, I would not have minded all that much as a German language instructor at the college and university level, I know and realise full well that German has some peculiarities of spelling that can be an issue for English language speakers But the fact that there truly is an almost constant barrage of misspellings, strange sentence structures, even blatant grammatical mistakes present in Lotta s Progress became and continues to be an issue of real annoyance and massive frustration for me and sure makes me wonder why the publisher did not insist on a German savvy proofreader to check the German language words used Others might well not be bothered by this, and might not even notice this, but I certainly did, and it drove me nigh batty and most definitely has affected my reading pleasure enough to lower my rating of Lotta s Progress from originally three stars to but two stars although I do feel a trifle guilty, even anal about this, one reason why it indeed took me so long to write a review And I would also still recommend Norma Johnson s Lotta s Progress to and for older children who enjoy historical fiction and this especially if they have read Little Women and are intersted in the Alcotts as not everyone will likely be as annoyed as I was with regard to the rather massive amount of German language spelling mistakes.

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