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A Little Princess Paperback – September 6, 2009
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Ages 5-7. Not just abridged but retold, this colorfully illustrated, large-format book has a text that's longer than most picture books but considerably shorter than Burnett's beloved novel. McClintock's sensitive illustrations, apparently ink drawings with watercolor washes, will certainly appeal to readers and book buyers of all ages. The period settings and costumes have a charm all their own, and the detailed pictures clearly portray Sara's transformation from privileged child to pauper and back again. Some scenes and dialogue here did not appear in the original book, but they serve to move the plot along more swiftly. The story loses a great deal of subtlety in theme and character development (as well as plot and setting) in its adaptation to picture-book format. Those who love the original will advise children to wait until they're old enough to read it. But children or parents who want a picture-book version will find this a very pretty one. Carolyn Phelan
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''What little girl would not be delighted to discover that a beloved adult believes she shares Sara Crewe's wonderful imagination, wit, and courage when she receives a tape of A Little Princess?'' --Book Links
''(Narrator) Johanna Ward has a slight British accent, which is easy to listen to. She gives a smooth, thoughtful reading and interprets the characters with ease. This is a delightful audio production of Burnett's classic.'' --AudioFile
''(Narrator) Johanna Ward has a slight British accent, which is easy to listen to. She gives a smooth, thoughtful reading and interprets the characters with ease. This is a delightful audio production of Burnett's classic.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Mary Lennox grew up in India, but has come to live with her uncle Archibald Craven in Yorkshire. Upon her arrival, she is demanding, imperious, and not at all healthy. But gradually, after meeting a boy who lives across the moor, she begins to blossom. Discovering a secret garden seems to inspire a sense of magic in the two children, which then extends to the young master of the house, Colin, who has always believed that he is too fragile to do anything at all, and that he is, in fact, dying.
The three children demonstrate the power of believing in something and almost magically change their lives.
The Yorkshire dialect, the beautifully described settings, and the core message are worthwhile reasons to still read this classic. This was my first read of this book...and I'm awarding it four stars.
She is taken to England and is told to live with Mr. Archibald Craven, a hunchback who's wife's brother was Mary's father. Slowly, as she lives in such a deary and quiet house she gets to know Mr. Craven and for the first time learns how to trust and love and care for people. She lets Mr. Craven open up a little more and in return she learns to open her heart. She also meets Dickon-the boy who seems to talk to animals. She ponders the boy's ways as they are so different to hers. So much brighter and more lively Dickon is always full of warmth and enthusiasm. Together they find The Secret Garden which belonged to Mr. Craven's dead wife and build it back to life. Although the process is slow one day she discovers the whimpers that come somewhere far deep into the house at night and meets with Mr. Craven's son-Colin. Colin being just as disagreeable a child and self absorbed as Mary herself, although at first they fight a great deal and do not start off with a good start, they end up helping each other.
The book is a worthwhile read and a beautiful story.
This book awakens a childlike sense in all who love it. It is mysterious and exciting, and the writing is very easy to be drawn into. Although she is described as an ugly girl with a selfish temperament, it is natural to like Mary and to wish for the best for her. Therefore, when she gets excited about the garden, so do we as readers, and when she is enraptured by Dickon and his Magic, so are we.
Luckily, there are several good movie adaptations, so I recommend watching one after completing the novel to compare. It is remarkable how many remain true to the book, a testament to its perfection.
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This was a little different version at the end but still loved it.
This was my favorite book as a kid.Read more