Sunday, January 20, 2013
A Little Princess... Flash back to the Past.
I ended up spending my entire lunch break and several hours at home, reading through the original version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic. Unfortunately, I think there's a readiness to dismiss classic books, because they may not be relevant to today's readers. I was surprised how easy of a read A Little Princess turned out to be, and how many timeless philosophies Sara Crewe mentions as the story goes on.
This would be a great book for any girls who love to tell stories, or who believe that anyone can be a princess. Sara Crewe's life starts out like royalty. Her father brings her from India to London where, "Yellow fog hung thick." They are bound for a Seminary where Sara is to be boarded. Her father spares no expense when it comes to his daughter. He buys her delicate porcelain dolls, lace petticoats and velvet frocks. Pegging Sara as her cash cow, the headmistress upholds Sara as her star pupil until disaster strikes. Word comes that Sara's father has died, and Sara is now penniless. Can Sara still believe in life as a princess, when everything else has come crashing down around her?
It just goes to show. It never pays to count a book out just because it's old. So my question for this week is, What classic book can you not forget?