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The Carved Lions

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A story of orphans at a boarding school in England, and the fortunes and misfortunes that befall them.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published 1964 by Dutton (first published 1895)
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I found this book very hard to rate. It's a rather sad book, and for this reason I nearly didn't finish it. I hate sad books, though as a child, some of my favourite books were miserably sad. This one had me nearly in tears, which made me consider lopping off a star, but that's hardly fair is it. If a book can make you cry, it must have good writing behind it. Still, the sadness did drop my enjoyment level. Some of the other reviewers have commented that they couldn't relate to the main characte ...more
I was expecting a little more magic. A "nice" story - meh.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
The Carved Lions was published in 1895 and is the story of a little girl sent to an English boarding school because her father has been assigned a job in South America. She’s very unhappy, but manages to squeeze a cheerful ending out of all of her trials. (The definitive book with the same theme is, of course, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, which had been published seven years earlier.)

There was nothing dreadfully wrong with this book. It was not overly didactic or moralistic - eve
A sweet story, very standard, not much to it.
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Simple, charming, somewhat predictable story. A nine-year-old who is miserable at her boarding school runs away.
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Mary Louisa Molesworth, née Stewart was an English writer of children's stories who wrote for children under the name of Mrs Molesworth. Her first novels, for adult readers, Lover and Husband (1869) to Cicely (1874), appeared under the pseudonym of Ennis Graham. Her name occasionally appears in print as M.L.S. Molesworth.

She was born in Rotterdam, a daughter of Charles Augustus Stewart (1809–1873)