H o o k e d o n b o o k s RE­VIS­IT­ING a CLAS­SIC A Lit­tle Princess

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Imust ha ave read this book when I was abo ut nine or 10 years old, but about tw wo decades on, Frances Hodgson Bu ur­nett’s story of heiressturned- paup per- turned- heiress- again Sara Crewe canc still warm the cock­les of my heart at the very men­tion of the book’s name e: A Lit­tle Princess.

Sara Cre ewe is en­rolled by her wealthy fath her at a board­ing school in Lon­don run n by Miss Minchin, a mean woman wh ho is good to Sara only be­cause of f the size of her fa­ther’s wal­let. But w when Mr Crewe suc­cumbs to an illnes ss un­ex­pect­edly, hav­ing ap­par­ently lost all his for­tune, Miss Minchin takes akes away all of Sara Sara’ss pos­ses­sions and as­signs her to a dingy at­tic and makes her work as a lowly er­rand girl. De­spite the cru­elty she en­dures, Sararemain­s­theem­bod­i­ment of kind­ness to one and all. With­out giv­ing more away, the twist lies in an in­cred­i­ble case of serendip­ity.

Sure, it’s your typ­i­cal hap­pily- ev­er­after, but it greatly im­pacted my young mind and fired up my imag­i­na­tion.

The book went on to in­spire sev­eral film, TV and mu­si­cal spin- offs ( mym per­sonal favourite be­ing the Ara­bicAra adap­ta­tion that was se­ri­alised on MBC; the di­a­logues were in Ara­bic, but we were riv­eted).

I doubt the unini­ti­ated adult reader can re­late to the charm of this book if he/ she didn’t grow up with it, but gift it to a child or a tween, and you can be sure you’ve just con­trib­uted to one of the hap­pi­est child­hood mem­o­ries of his/ her life.

— Karen Ann Monsy

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