by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Category: Historical Fiction

Personal Evaluation: This one could probably also work for “of interest to girls” because on the surface it is a really girly book and much description is given to clothes and rosy cheeks and ribbons and dolls. But at its core it is about how being a kind person, a “princess”, is better than being greedy and rich. The heroine has wealth, loses it, and regains it, and through it all remains a princess in spirit and her kindness to others comes back to her. It also takes place in the London of the 1800s and there are plenty of hints as to how much a sixpence could buy, and the styles of the times.

What might interest children: Sara is so, so good at pretending and telling stories. She is also the kind of person a child would want to be friends with and would really root for her situation of poverty to be resolved happily, which it is. This was a book that my cousin read aloud to her two kids, so read it to keep up with them, and they both (girl and boy) adored it. There’s something so charming about Sara, even beyond the lavish descriptions of her privileged lifestyle.

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