I decided I wanted to attempt being awesome and I am trying to join The Awesome Club. I wasn't quite sure which book to start with but we read an excerpt of A Little Princess in grammar and it piqued my interest enough that I figured I would start there.
The full book title is actually, A Little Princess; being the whole story of Sara Crewe now told for the first time by Frances Hodgson Burnett. That is seriously the longest book title ever, but it doesn't matter because it has now become one of my most favorite books EVER! It is a very easy read and only has 266 pages.
I don't know what rock I was living under to not even know the storyline of this book, and I didn't know there was a movie about it too. So, if you are like me and have no idea what this book is about I will give you a quick run down.
This book is about Sara Crewe, a little girl growing up in India with her father. Her father is wealthy and Sara lives a very comfortable lifestyle. He decides it is best to send her to London to attend a boarding school. The head Mistress, Miss Minchin doesn't care much for her much, but likes to show off her rich student to others.
Sara is a wonderfully odd child, I really liked that about her. She uses her imagination quite well and is a fantastic story teller. The girls at the school either love her or are jealous of her. Sara even starts to pretend she is a princess, and she acts the part too. Which doesn't help with the girls that don't like her.
SPOILER - Stop here if you don't want to know more of the story.
Sara's father ends up dying back in India and has left her no money. Miss Minchin is now responsible for her. She makes Sara one of the servants and allows her to sleep up in the cold attic. Sara loses all of her beautiful clothing and her comfortable surroundings. She truly has to discover what kind of a person she is. It was easy to be nice when she had everything, but now she has to choose to be nice even when others are so cruel to her.
I won't give away anymore of the storyline, because it is written so well that I just can't do it justice. This book has really become one of my most favorite books ever, I even cried at the end.
This book is great for boys and girls 8+. My son thought it was just average but my daughter and I absolutely loved it!! Because it is a classic you can get it free on Amazon.