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This book was a favorite of mine in my childhood, and, when I returned as an adult to re-read it, I found myself mesmerized once more by the story ofThis book was a favorite of mine in my childhood, and, when I returned as an adult to re-read it, I found myself mesmerized once more by the story of Sara Crewe. The charm is still there. "A Little Princess" is one of the most wonderful, most magical books ever to be found in the world of literature--and you don't have to be a little kid to enjoy it.
Sara herself is a lover of books; at one time she found herself fully immersed reading but needed to intervene in the playroom crisis. "People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage."
This is a story about a different kind of princess than one might imagine; a princess that is an orphan--lonely, cold, hungry and abused. Sara Crewe begins life as the beloved, pampered daughter of a rich man. When he dies a pauper, she is thrown on the non-existent mercy of her small-minded, mercenary boarding school mistress. Stripped of all her belongings but for one set of clothes and a doll, Sara becomes a servant of the household. Hated by the schoolmistress for her independent spirit, Sara becomes a pariah in the household, with only a few secretly loyal friends. But through her inner integrity and strength of will, Sara Crewe maintains the deportment, inner nobility and generous spirit of a "real" princess.
"Whatever comes cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it."
Being a princess is not about the fame and fortune, but about how you act in the situation into which you have been placed. You can be kind, or you can be mean; you can be content, or you can be greedy; you can be upset, or you can be optimistic. The book really relates to people who are going through tough times in their lives and need reassurance and confidence.
The magic in this book is unsurpassed in children's literature. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Sara comes home, hungry, wet and cold and neglected, to find that a magician has transformed her world, you can't help but be enchanted. "I don't know who it is, but somebody cares for me a little. I have a friend."
This story is a real classic, and needs no re-writing to be as enjoyable and readable today as it ever was. Be sure to get an unabridged edition: this book is beautifully written and should not be simplified.
Title A Little Princess Author Frances Hodgson Burnett Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
Ranma is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. The story focuses on Ranma Saotome, a teenage martial artist who has beRanma ½ is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. The story focuses on Ranma Saotome, a teenage martial artist who has been cursed to transform into a woman when splashed with cold water. Hot water reverses the curse's effects but he seeks a permanent cure for his condition. In addition to his curse, he must deal with the competing emotions and affections of a number of potential fiancées — a result of his greedy and impulsive father's schemes.
Genma Saotome returns to Japan from a fateful martial arts training trip to the Jusenkyo springs with his son Ranma in which the former is cursed to transform into a panda and the latter into a teenage girl when splashed with cold water. Hot water reverses the effect. They move in with Genma's old friend Soun Tendo, at his Nerima, Tokyo home, with the expectation that one of his three daughters will marry Ranma. The eldest Kasumi and elder Nabiki force their little sister Akane to accept the betrothal. Akane and Ranma instantly dislike each other due to Akane's mistrust of boys and Ranma's curse.
Ranma enrolls in Furinkan High School where he meets Tatewaki Kuno, the arrogant captain of the kendo club and the one who spread the rumor that Akane will date any boy who defeats her in combat. Kuno mistakes Ranma's female form as a separate person and falls in love with her. Though he easily defeats Kuno a number of times, Ranma sustains injuries as he attempts to hide his curse. Over the course of several visits to Dr. Tofu's medical clinic, Ranma discovers that Akane has a crush on the doctor.
Ranma ½, Volume 1 includes the following chapters:
Here's Ranma Ranma's Secret I Hate Men!) Never, Never, Never To the Tree-Borne Kettle-Girl Body and Soul You'll Understand Soon Enough Because There's a Girl He Likes You're Cute When You Smile The Hunter Bread Feud Showdown A Bad Cut Who Says You're Cute
I love Ranma 1/2 anime and this time, I'm going to read through the entire manga series. Old school anime rocks!