A Little Princess - by Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett
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Let's get this out in the open.I like what they call YA (Young Adult)
literature.Sometimes that means
returning to a beloved book of my youth and sometimes it means reading new YA
literature, such as "The Hunger Games" trilogy.I
substitute teach at times for an elementary school librarian and I enjoy
keeping up with the literature by reading books from the shelves.
A Little Princess; being the whole
story of Sara Crewe now told for the first time (sometimes familiarly called "Sara Crewe" or "A
Little Princess") is a 1905 novel by English writer Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett.(US Edition)(UK Edition)If
you know this novel, you know why I selected it and are probably eager for to
pick it up again.Although it is read by
younger readers - as with the best YA books - it can also appeal to adults.Let's take a look:
During her short life only one
thing had troubled her, and that thing was "the place" she was to be
taken to some day. The climate of India was very bad for children, and as soon
as possible they were sent away from it—generally to England and to school. She
had seen other children go away, and had heard their fathers and mothers talk
about the letters they received from them. She had known that she would be
obliged to go also, and though sometimes her father's stories of the voyage and
the new country had attracted her, she had been troubled by the thought that he
could not stay with her.
"Couldn't you go to that place with me,
papa?" she had asked when she was five years old. "Couldn't you go to
school, too? I would help you with your lessons."
So we have a young English girl
born in India and reluctantly headed to England for her education.
"I am not in the least
anxious about her education," Captain Crewe said, with his gay laugh, as
he held Sara's hand and patted it. "The difficulty will be to keep her from
learning too fast and too much. She is always sitting with her little nose
burrowing into books. She doesn't read them, Miss Minchin; she gobbles them up
as if she were a little wolf instead of a little girl.
That is nice.Bookish young girls like to read about . . .
young girls like themselves.But I do
not think it is giving away anything to say that hard times are ahead!
The Amazon Reader Reviews
number 223 if you combine the US & UK reviews.That is remarkable when you consider that
many of the books I write about have never
been reviewed.The books average 4 1/2
stars which is very good.I consider
this a must read and it will be on my Kindle when I travel this weekend.I look forward to spending time with Sara
P.S. For some demented reason, the plot is summarized in a paragraph with the table of contents. Skip to the beginning of the book not to learn the ending!
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