1 May 2017

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Title: A Little Princess
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Pages: 256
Genre: Classic, Children's Literature, Fantasy
Book Description:
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.

My Opinion:
When I was a child, I would go to my grandparent's house and watch the film version of this book all day. The film was so magical and creative; it played a huge part in my dreams to becoming an author. Only recently did I discover that it was actually based on a book! Of course, I had to read it!

I loved this book just as much as I loved the film. It was magical and captivating and so creatively written that I instantly felt like I was a child again discovering this for the first time. The characters were wonderful and I really connected with them because there was so much depth and layering to them.

The story line had some mystery to it which I wasn't expecting (probably because I had seen the film first and already knew the ending). I felt like this was incorporated into the plot well, and I was also pleased to see that there was a happy ending, which Sara definitely deserved after all the pain and hardship she went through.

The only thing I feel I need to comment on is that the plot in the novel is different to that in the film. Having watched the film so many times before reading the book, it meant that I was quite surprised when it took a different turn to how I was expecting. It's clear that many scenes in the film (such as the locket and even some of the stories Sarah tells the girls) were created for visual purposes only, which I was disappointed in because I personally prefer for film adaptations to mimic the novel. However, this doesn't change my opinions on how wonderful the book and film are.

Despite this being a book for children, I recommend this to adults as well, because it really reminded me about the freedom and enjoyment children have, as well as transporting me back to my earlier years. I enjoyed reading the book so much so that I would definitely read it again!

Favourite Quotes:

If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it


Everything's a story - You are a story - I am a story


Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul

Rating ★
5 out of 5 stars 

 Next book I'm going to review:
My Sister Lives on the Mantle place by Annabel Pitchard

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