Story and book illustration remained an important aspect of Rockwell's work through the 1930s. When Woman's Home Companion commissioned Rockwell to illustrate a biography of Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, Rockwell went to the Alcott home in Concord, Massachusetts, to "get the feel of the place."
"Sitting in her bedroom," he wrote, "where everything was just as it had been when she was alive, I had a real sense of the period; the old lamps and the lace curtains and hooked rugs and the Boston rocker took me back." In this scene from Little Women, Jo, the author's alter ego, weeps when she hears that her friend Mr. Bhaer plans to leave. 'Mr. Bhaer saw the drops on her cheeks; stooping down, he asked — "Heart's dearest, why do you cry?"