Friday, 21 November 2014

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Children’s, Audio book, 9 years +, 10E/10E)

Love this version of the cover!
1905, various publications, audio book, Personal copy 

Content: humour, tissues needed

Summary from Hachette Children's (I like their paperback cover)
When Sara Crewe, the seven-year-old daughter of a rich and loving father, arrives at her new school in London from India, she is nicknamed the Little Princess by her classmates. She has all the comfort and fine things she could want, but she also reveals a kind and loving heart, a lively mind and a rich imagination. When her father dies, bankrupt, Sara is suddenly reduced to a life of poverty and is forced to live in a cold, damp attic, with only her dreams to support her. But will they be enough?

Nayu's thoughts
It’s kind of awesome to think that a nearly 100 year old book is probably my favourite book ever. It was written in 1905, and is what I class as a timeless classic. Naturally I like all the luxury that Sara lives with at the start and very end of the novel, it doesn’t make her spoilt. She is as kind to people when she is rich as when she is poor. 

Now, this was an audiobook which I listened to while working (I’m allowed to listen to music/audiobooks on headphones). That proved a bit tricky when it came to the parts of the story where I always cry (when she says goodbye to her father, when she receives some upsetting news, when people are nice and kind to her when she is poor, when the nice event happens at the get the picture. I managed to just tear up a little. 

I mostly remember the anime story, which is totally true to the book. It expands on some possible incidents only briefly mentioned in the story (such as Sara becoming ill), it makes Miss Minchen seem even harsher than ever, and uses a different name for at least one of the characters, but that’s because I watch a French version and the original name isn’t exactly French friendly for pronounciation. 

Suggested read
Read the new sequel, Wishing For Tomorrow by Hilary McKay (Children's, 9 years +, 10E/10E)

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