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