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A Little Princess
I grew up loving the film adaptation, but never actually read the book. I am so glad I corrected that blunder because I absolutely adored this classic. Burnett (1849-1924) is the author of another of my favorite children's classics (The Secret Garden), so I had a feeling I would enjoy it. She was born in England, but lived in America for most of her childhood and early adulthood, and then traveled between the two for her later years when her writing became popular. Originally titled, A Little Princess: Being the Whole Story of Sara Crewe Now Being Told for the First Time, it was published in 1905 after first being serialized in 1887 in a magazine as a short story called "Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's". Her publishers wanted her to expand it to a full-length novel after she composed a play based on the short story in 1902. It has been a beloved classic ever since, landing on many Top 100 lists. The novel is all about the kind, imaginative, and humble Sara Crewe, who grew up in India and moves into a boarding school in London, while her father continues business abroad. Her life is soon turned upside down, from wealthy child to penniless orphan, so she moves from the largest room in the school to the dingy attack and becomes a servant. But her generosity, kindness, and overall positive outlook withstand all kinds of hardships as she brings joy to the lives of many others. The writing was so endearing and creative. Sara's love for creative stories brought such a colorful dimension to the story. I enjoyed it on audiobook as well as my beautiful Rifle Paper Co. edition!
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