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Puffin in Bloom
A new line of classics with gorgeously illustrated covers by renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.'s lead artist, Anna Bond.

Alone in a new country, wealthy Sara Crewe tries to settle in and make friends at boarding school. But when she learns that she'll never see her beloved father gain, her life is turned upside down. Transformed from princess to pauper, she must swap dancing lessons and luxury for hard work and a room in the attic. Will she find that kindness and genorosity are all the riches she truly needs?

A Little Princess

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett is one of the few books I recall reading multiple times as a child.  Not normally a "re-reader", I adored this story and returned to it more than once.  As an adult, I was curious to see if it would still hold the same charm, or if I would find I had outgrown it.  I am happy to report that one is never too old for this novel.


The author, Ms. Burnett, is best known for this novel and for The Secret Garden.  While every young reader wants to have their own secret garden, it is the character of Sara Crewe that almost every young girl would like to be.  Although not a princess, Sara has all the qualities that a princess should have--kindness, resilience, determination, strength, poise under fire, optimism through imagination, and hope.  Sara sinks to such desperate circumstances and remains noble and generous through it all.  The descriptive writing compels the reader to feel Sara's hunger and the cold, wet London streets that she toils through.  A Little Princess is a classic for a reason...make sure your young reader doesn't miss it!

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Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation.


Violence/Gore:  Report(s) of deaths' of parents; older child slaps a younger child; character skins knees; mention of the French Revolution and a head on a pike; an adult boxes a young character's ears; adult shakes a child.


Sex/Nudity:  None

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Death of a parent, poverty, socio-economic disparity.

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Reviewed By Cindy
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