A Little Princess : Book Review

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.

Sincerely,

Sabrina Ingram.

 

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6 thoughts on “A Little Princess : Book Review

  1. “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”

    Confirmed for having a terrible reading comprehension.

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      • She is young yes, but she reacts way too well to everything. She talks about being angry and such but she is never even truly angry. Her life is not, I’ll agree but her personality is. She never gets angry, never steals food, she accepts everything that comes at her, she never even fights with the people she claims she hates.

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      • “She talks about being angry and such but she is never even truly angry”

        What, you want her to go on a rampage then you’ll call her “truly angry” then?

        “she accepts everything that comes at her”

        No, not really. She’s never submissive at all throughout the entire story.

        “she never even fights with the people she claims she hates”

        That’s her strength. To hold in that anger and not be blinded by it. It’s called calm fury.

        You want fake high-temper girl? Read the Elsie Dinsmore series.

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      • No I don’t want her to be fake or high tempered, I’m just saying that she lacks personality. She is incredibly submissive throughout the entire story but opinions are opinions and I’ll respect any opinion, even if I do not agree with it. I had no desire to fight, this is simply my opinion of the story.

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