“Perhaps to be able to learn things quickly isn’t everything. To be kind is worth a great deal to other people. Lots of clever people have done harm and have been wicked.”
Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re having an amazing day. Here’s the thing, I’m not much into reading classic books, but I love children’s classics so much, and I really enjoy them a lot. I don’t why, there’s just something heartwarming about them, or maybe because they remind me of my childhood. So, when I went to the bookstore last month, I bought A Little Princess. And I loved it. Without further ado, let’s review this book!
This book follows the story of Sara Crewe, who’s the daughter of a rich English man named Captain Ralph Crewe. She’s been born and raised in India. When she turns nine, her father sends her to a boarding school in London. She feels so sad that her father is leaving her, but he promises to visit her and sends her anything she wants. After a couple of weeks, Sara begins to adjust in her new school, and makes new friends. Unfortunately, on her eleventh birthday party, her father dies, and leaves her orphaned and poor. So, Miss Minchin decides to let her become a servant and take away all of her fancy things. However, Sara’s life is not what it used to be, and now she has to deal with many changes in order to survive.
I used to watch the anime series adaptation of the book when I was a kid, but reading the book is a different experience. I wish I read it when I was younger. It’s an inspiring yet so sad. It’s like one second, Sara has everything, then suddenly, she loses it all. It’s heartbreaking for a little girl to be left alone in the world without anyone taking care of her. There’s this part in the book where she went to her room and started crying, because she didn’t process the fact that her father is dead and she’s totally alone. I’m not gonna lie, this part made me cry. And I guess that’s why books are always better, because you feel like you get to know and understand the characters on a deeper level.
At the beginning of the story, Sara has everything she wants. A loving father, a comfortable life, fancy dresses, and expensive dolls. Her father always spoils her. But, Sara isn’t like any other princess. She’s well mannered, kind, and compassionate. And she has a great imagination. She loves telling stories and she has the skill to make people listen to her, and make her stories sound so real. And she doesn’t mind talking to people who aren’t rich, in fact, she befriends Becky, who’s a servant at her boarding school. But, her life takes another bad turn which makes it harder for her to keep her spirit up. And we see how this sudden transformation from being the girl with everything to the girl with nothing and no one challenges Sara. She struggles every single day to keep her head up high, and act like a princess even if she doesn’t look like one anymore. Because, she believes that kindness goes a long way. What her father taught her, stayed with her. She went through an awful misfortune, but her life took an unexpected turn, because she had faith that eventually things will get better and easier. On the contrary, Miss Minchin is the opposite of Sara. She’s super mean, cruel, and self-righteous. And she treats people based on their social class and how rich or poor they are. Also, she was super jealous of Sara, because she couldn’t believe that a nine year old girl could have so many fancy and expensive clothes and dolls. When Sara had nothing, Miss Minchin ignored her and starved her. She was literally nothing to her. Even though Sara is younger than Miss Minchin, she’s more mature and reasonable than her. Which shows us that just because someone’s is older than you, doesn’t mean they’re always wise.
To wrap up my review, A little Princess is a story about having faith, and believing that no matter what you’re going through, it will be worth it at the end. It’s a heartwarming book with so many life lessons. I highly recommend it.