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Little Women - A Dovetale Press Adaptation This 64-paged, large print book is a dementia-friendly adaptation of Alcott’s classic story of the M.. Product #: 9780473372958 Regular price: $14.54 $14.54
Little Women - A Dovetale Press Adaptation

Little Women - A Dovetale Press Adaptation

People living with dementia have difficulties reading standard texts because of problems with memory, which can be particularly frustrating if reading was a favourite pastime for them pre-dementia. Specific challenges that they face in reading are daunting amounts of text, fonts which are too small or not distinct enough, insufficient white space on a page, and difficulty in following the thread of a plot. It can be challenging to understand a story if sentences are very long, if there is a lot of descriptive ‘padding’, or if pronouns are sometimes separated from the nouns to which they refer by a lengthy sentence or a page turn. However, Dovetale Press editors Dr Sally Rimkeit, a psychogeriatrician, and Dr Gillian Claridge, an applied linguist, believe that people living with dementia do not need to be deprived of the joy of reading simply because they can no longer tackle standard books.

In the Dovetale Press series, Drs Rimkeit and Claridge have addressed these challenges for readers with memory impairment. They have created versions of the classics in which text not essential to the stories has been removed, shortening them considerably and clarifying  the plot. The books are lighter than standard novels and easy to hold, thus manageable by the physically frail.  The referents in the stories have been made very clear, and the pages are designed so that each double page can be read as a single entity, which means that if a person cannot remember what happened on the previous pages, the reading can still be a pleasurable experience. In order to prompt imperfect memories, there are ‘cast lists’ for each novel, and where appropriate a summary is provided after each chapter.

Although parts of the texts have been cut, this has in no way dumbed down the rich, vibrant language of the novels, and they retain as far as possible the authors’ original language.  The poems in the poetry collection are not adapted, but have been selected from poetry likely to be known to the intended audience, or to appeal to them. All the books are enhanced by beautiful illustrations, some of which were included in the original publications.

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CONTENTS
CAST OF CHARACTERS................................5
CHAPTER 1: A MERRY CHRISTMAS.............7
Chapter Summary...........................................17
CHAPTER 2: THE LAURENCE BOY..............19
Chapter Summary...........................................29
CHAPTER 3: JO’S ANGRY DEMON..............31
Chapter Summary...........................................41
CHAPTER 4: A TELEGRAM...........................43
Chapter Summary............................................51
CHAPTER 5: AUNT MARCH...........................53
Chapter Summary............................................63

CAST OF CHARACTERS
Meg March: Sixteen years old and the eldest March sister, very pretty.
Jo March: Fifteen years old, tall, thin and brown, with big hands and feet.
Beth March: Thirteen years old, rosy, smoothhaired, bright-eyed, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a peaceful expression.
Amy March: The youngest sister, with blue eyes, and yellow hair curling on her shoulders, pale and slender, rather spoiled.
Mrs March: Mother of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, who call her Marmee.
Mr March: An army chaplain for the Union troops fighting the American Civil War.
Hannah: The faithful servant to the Marches.
Aunt March: Mr March’s elderly rich aunt, who is fond of the family but despises Mr March’s inability to make money.
Laurie, the Laurence boy: Sixteen years old, an orphan who lives with his grandfather next door to the Marches.
Mr Laurence: The wealthy, crusty old man who lives next door to the Marches and is grandfather to
Laurie.
John Brooke: Laurie’s tutor, in love with Meg.

Product details

  • Publisher : Dovetale Press;Language : English
  • Paperback : 68 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0473372958
  • Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6.69 x 0.18 x 9.61 inches