Friday, February 19, 2010
A Little Princess (eBook/Movie)
While I've read The Secret Garden many time, I've never read A Little Princess before. I'm not sure why except maybe I never liked it when Sara loses her fortune and everyone is really mean to her. She is an expectational sweet child, very modest and good and wonderful. She has a wonderful imagination and I liked that part of the story. It is so horrible how Miss Minchin treats her and Becky, the scullery maid and Sara puts up with it wonderfully. She is, admittedly, a little too nice and sometimes I wanted her to lose her temper, but I suppose that would negate the point of the story which is be nice and wonderful things will happen, I guess.
While I had never read the book before, I have seen the Shirley Temple movie many times. It isn't nearly as sad as the book. Sara's father is listed as dead in the Boer War and so she is made a servant and she is suppose to be tired and hungry and dirty, but she doesn't look it. The whole book only happens over a year and Sara is 10 at the end of the movie. There is a subplot with two of the teachers falling in love and then the man goes away to the war, but for some reason they don't tell that they got married before and that causes problems. The man next door does help her out and give her nice things but they never explain why. Shirley Temple is delightful and since she is in this movie there is are two musical numbers, one to cheer up soldiers and one in a fantasy sequence. She was awfully cute. And there is a happy ending, after all because what kind of Shirley Temple movie would it be without a very happy ending.