When young Sara Crewe is brought from India to London by her doting father to join Miss Minchin's school, she can have little idea of the change in circumstances that lie ahead. While at first her life of privilege continues, the tragic death of her father and failure of his business change everything. In a dramatic reversal of the tradition ...
When young Sara Crewe is brought from India to London by her doting father to join Miss Minchin's school, she can have little idea of the change in circumstances that lie ahead. While at first her life of privilege continues, the tragic death of her father and failure of his business change everything. In a dramatic reversal of the tradition fictional 'rags to riches' formula, Sara plunges from privilege to penury in the space of one day. Now she is no longer a princess but a beggar, and must depend on the power of her imagination and optimism and the kindness of strangers to lift her above the misery of her circumstances. She is cast out from the comfort of her rooms as Miss Minchin's 'show pupil' into the chill despair of a lonely garret, and set to endure back-breaking work in the school. But if humility, patience and dignity are virtues to be rewarded, will Sara perhaps experience another reversal in her fortunes? A Little Princess is a timeless and gripping drama about the transformative power of positive thought and the imagination.With an Afterword by Anna South.
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The Little Princess is certainly a timeless book. I read it as a young girl and just recently finished reading it again with my daughter. Immediately upon finishing the last chapter, I surprised my daughter with the movie DVD. (Alibris has both!). The storyline and vocabulary is refreshingly innocent yet still relevant. The novel was written in 1905 and I discovered that girls have not changed! The novel features a strong, leading girl who struggles to maintain her standards and values in the face of adversity. The story takes place in a boarding school with the same wide spectrum of girl "stereotypes" that your child will encounter in 2008! Enjoy and discuss....
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