A Little Princess; being the whole story of Sara Crewe
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
Number of Pages: 264
Season Read: Fall
At Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, young Sara Crewe enjoys the friendship of her classmates and the staff–much to stern Miss Minchin’s disdain. When Sara is unexpectedly impoverished, she is forced to become a servant under Miss Minchin’s control. To escape her dreary life, Sara imagines herself a princess, and her experiences soon teach her that being a princess on the inside counts more than any outward expression of royalty.
I love this novel so much. What’s wrong with being a princess? Being a princess is hard work. You have to remain poise and collected no matter what adversity strikes you. You have to do what is good for all above what is good for yourself. You must also be kind. Are those not the attributes many like to see in not just women, but all people in society? There is a great deal of difference between “princess” and “damsel in distress.” Sara is an amazing character who, despite everything horrible going on around her, tries to remain strong and trustworthy for those who rely on her.And I still love the 1997 movie just as much, although there are some significant changes to what happens. Most of the changes between the book and movie adaptation could have been done to make it easier to understand the complete story for a new generation, and to tell the story without having a three hour movie.
Author Bio: (From Wikipedia)
Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was an American-English writer of plays and prose fiction. She is best known for the three children’s novels Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885–1886), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).
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