All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
Today's second book review is for a book classed as a children's book, and I think it's now known as a classic, since there have been several film versions made over the years.
This book is 'A Little Princess' by Frances Hodgson Burnett, who also famously wrote 'The Secret Garden'. I only first read both of these as a teenager, so I think I have a bit of catching up to do yet. :)
But I do love this book, almost as much as 'Black Beauty' which I re-read earlier in the month.
This is another book counted as a children's classic which I wanted to re-read (I have four of the Puffin Classics books and am finding time to read them all again). I'd not heard much of Frances Hodgson Burnett beyond The Secret Garden when I was bought this several years ago and hadn't even read that at this particular time.
When I began A Little Princess, something about Sara Crewe stuck with me and every time I read it, I do wonder if she isn't a little too good to be true. Spoilt rotten from an early age and always trying to behave as well as possible- hence the 'princess' part. But she does come from a wealthy background. Through her hardships, Sara does stay kind to those around her and tries to help people less well off than her, even when she becomes so poor that it would be very easy for her to be selfish. I always liked that about her. I think Sara definitely comes out of the main situation somewhat changed and probably would go on to be even nicer.
The children at the school are accurate of what children are like even today, though the adults there are awful and Miss Minchin deserves all she is told about her. It's good that their are adults able to see right through her and willing to stand up to her.
I love the way Sara can make up all kinds of things which comfort her and possibly keep her sane too. This is where some of the magic of the story comes in, even reading it as an adult. There are several happy endings to be had which are well deserved and this is certainly the right kind of book to be marked down as a 'classic'. I always enjoy it.
I still rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Adults can still read 'children's' books, so if you've read 'A Little Princess', what are your thoughts on it?
As always, happy reading and all the best. :)
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