Book Title : A Little Princess.
Author : Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Publication Date : September of 1905.
Rate (Out of Five Stars) : 4 (If you’re a child!)
A Little Princess is actually one of my favorite books written by one of the top ten best authors from my opinion. A Little Princess follows the story of young Sara Crewe.
Sara Crewe, in my opinion, would have given at least all of the stars for this book. Her character, while surprising that she wasn’t more stuck her, she was a very fine child. She was taken care of and respected her father, an admirable quality and it is very clear that he taught his daughter well. She was kind and respectable, she was intelligent and good minded.
Her story alone, first showing up at the boarding school for young girls with her father and Emily, I must admit, I loved her intelligence and her caring for her father. But her story was just a little too perfect and early on, I knew that she was about to go through hell.
Honestly, this fact alone stopped this book from getting the full five stars, you knew something bad was going to happen and fast, otherwise there would be no point to read the book.
However, without giving you any spoilers, the entire story is drawn out and long, oh woo, she finally goes through the bad things. Poor Sara.
Then where I think Burnett made her biggest mistake, was that she told us what was up with the Indian Gentleman and forced us to watch this poor child going through dreadful things and these idiots not figuring it out.
Honestly, I feel like they should have kept it a surprise to us until Sara knew while giving her more of a personality, one of which that isn’t 100% completely and utterly too perfect.
Ayn Rand was criticized for her perfect characters but at least SHE created a world that allowed them to be perfect! In A Little Princess, she is in a world that could easily really exist and then made a little girl who was way too perfect.
It was illogical at best.
Though, the story was very cute and I would absolutely suggest it to young new readers, I don’t suggest ever re-reading (for you will lose the desired magic of Sara being a princess) nor do I suggest you reading it once you’re over the age of 14.
However long live Frances Hodgson Burnett for all YOUNG CHILDREN.
On another note, I recently got a new book (meaning yes, The Book Catalog will be updated soon!) and I can’t wait to give a little too honest of a book review on it. Yikes.