Her new reading matter also prompted this non sequitur comment to my husband, which bewildered him:

"Dada, I'm really glad you don't have to go fight in the Civil War."

Ha! Really, though, I'd forgotten what a "moral virtues" book Little Women is. There's a lot in it about pulling your weight, helping others, and exercising self-control. I'm actually pleased as punch to have that delivered to her in palatable fiction form. We aren't religious and sometimes I worry that we are not doing our job re "character education" and that kind of thing.