A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Genres: Childrens, Classic
Format: eBook (242 pages)
Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl's fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children's literature.
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s way of writing, even in the author’s note, has a whimsical, magical child-like tone to it that is very endearing. And like a child, the author can also be bluntly honest which made me laugh.
I loved reading about Sarah and the teacher that is jealous of her. In all honesty, the imaginative and optimistic Sarah was a much better teacher to the girls at the school. The teacher and other adults in the story seemed to delight in other’s misfortunes while Sarah felt deep empathy towards them and tried her best to help them. I loved Sarah’s imagination and her ability to use it to bring happiness to her and others around her no matter how bad things in their life were. Sarah had a beautiful ability to see things from someone else’s view. She even befriends a rat. I couldn’t help thinking that even though Sarah is just a child, I would like to be as kind, loving, and happy and she is.
When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn’t said afterward. There’s nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in— that’s stronger.
– Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess (p. 94).
A Little Princess was one of my favorite movies as a kid and although the movie was different than the book it was based on, it still had the great characters and imagination that I loved in the movie. The movie amped up the conflict and made it a little more sad than the book, but if you liked the movie you will definitely like the book.
Overall, it’s a beautifully written classic about the power of imagination.
Content Rating: None. Clean read.
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