Tuesday, August 17, 2010

book talk tuesday

A LITTLE PRINCESS by Frances Hodgson Burnett

IndieBound Description:
Generations of children have treasured the story of Sara Crewe, the little girl who imagines shes a princess in order to survive hard times at Miss Minchins London boarding school. Now, this classic novel is available in two beautiful new collectors editions. With Tasha Tudors enchanting black-and-white illustrations, and lovely details like a satin ribbon marker and glorious full-color plates in the hardcover, these new editions of A Little Princess are must-haves for anyone who wants to rediscover the magic of this beloved story.

My Thoughts:
Okay, how can anyone not love this book? It's a classic! And I absolutely love Tasha Tudor's illustrations in this. They are the same illustrations that were in the version I had when I was young (though the cover is different). In fact, I always had a dreamed of having a pink dress just like the cover (which was just an interior in the version I had). In fact, I've often thought if I had a large amount of disposable income I'd try to purchase that painting to hang in my studio. Maybe someday!
But if the art seems too old-fashioned for you, there is a new version with a more modern cover. It's not bad at all, but I always have a soft spot for the original.


Harold Underdown said...

Grace, would a child who loved The Secret Garden like this?

yamster said...

I think the new cover looks a little creepy! Also kind of reminds me of the album cover of Les Mis. Wonder if that was the effect the designer wanted...

To answer Harold's question, I always preferred The Secret Garden myself, but maybe it's because it has a happier ending?

Grace Lin said...

Ha! Yes, the 2nd cover does look very "Les Mis." I loved this one a little more than The Secret Garden, but really, I loved them both. I think a child who loved the Secret Garden would definitely like this as well!