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    The Bone Clocks

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A Little Princess (Signet Classics) by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess (Signet Classics)

Salubrion, May 21, 2010

Classic children's book about a girl from a privileged background who aims to be a "princess" in the best way possible--not in a stuffy, overprivileged way (generally I'm not a fan of the term), but in the sense of acting honorably and kindly to others, no matter what. The way she connects with people (using her imagination) is beautiful, but the truth in what she believes comes out when she faces a series of trials. She manages to maintain her ideals and act with kindness throughout it all.

Looking back on this book as an adult, I see some of the themes that are brought up: classism, poverty, the way people treat each other. Not mentioned with any depth are colonialism and Orientalism, but it is a children's book that got me curious about history (the book starts in British-colonized India before moving to England).

In summary: A book for children with some nice ethics (pro-kindness, pro-imagination) that won't put the adult reading it to sleep!
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