This is my sixth review now for the Classics Club. I had never read A Little Princess before, but of course seen the movie as a child. I vaguely remembered certain scenes, but couldn't remember the exact ending. The book takes place during the 1800's and the main character Sara is a very imaginative child. She was born in India, her father is a British Captain, her mother is deceased, and she is sent to a seminary school in London for her education. Her father has money and spends lavishly on her, and Sara not really having any friends before in India, pretends that she is a Princess (this continues after making friends with others). Certain events happen and she has to end up being the help at the school instead of a prized pupil. I liked Sara's character, although at sometimes thought she was a little too 'perfect', at being the ideal child. Even though the book was very short, it seemed to me that it could have been quite a bit shorter. It was disappointing that at around the middle of the book you find out certain information, that none of the characters are aware of, this would be ok but for the fact it gives away the ending, thus the end of the excitement of the book for me. Probably if I had read this as a child, it might not have been the case, and thus I would have still been anxious and excited to see what would happen to Sara.
Rating: I liked this book but can't see myself rereading it, so it will be given a 3 out of 5.
Once I watch this movie, I will also review it as well.
Next book: Heart of Darkness & Other Short Stories by Joseph Conrad