"Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling or irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage."
A Little Princess has been one of my favorite books all my life. I cannot even begin to guess how many times I've gone and reread that book. It's by the same author as The Secret Garden and you can see the similarities between the two books. England, the main character little girl who is without parents, a great life lesson or change in life, India.
In many ways Burnetts story is much alike TSG as listed above. I think the most heavily placed theme in both books isn't so much a story about little orphan girls but the important lesson the child learns.
Sara Crewe, the main character, is a wonderful child but one can see in the modern day how she would be easily disliked (by the classmate villain of the story for example). The child is of a nice matter, liked by most everyone, and is presented with every wish she has. That can be annoying. However, her character is so strong and sweet it should brush aside any dislike.
Sara's life is tossed head over heels when her father dies and she looses all of her good fortune. And yet, she continues to be strong and to behave decently. This strength seems almost impossible to imagine in that of a child who has just lost their beloved father- the only family she knew. But Sara continues on, trying to make the best of things and keep her curious thoughts alive.
It's an uplifting book full of hope and a happy ending. It's a good story to display to children, a way to point out that children will not always get what they want and sometimes very unfortunate things do occur to those who are undeserving. And yet, if you remain strong the likelihood that you will surpass these negative moments are better.
I am sure that when I have a child I will read this book to them over and over as they grow up. I adore it and I am very supportive of the bottom line of the tale. I hope anyone who is looking for a good feel type of story with a positive aire this would be it.