A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett|
Presenting The Essential Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess, and The Lost Prince with an introduction by Nicholas Tamblyn, and illustrations by Katherine Eglund. This collection is part of The Essential Series by Golding Books.
Rare among children’s fiction, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s fantasy novels have touched the imagination of readers for generations like few others. Her children’s classics The Secret Garden and A Little Princess in particular, with their strong female leads and unique coming of age stories, have greatly appealed to children (and girls), yet the truth is they were written for, and will appeal to, readers of any age that enjoy naturalist and classic literary fiction.
Her novels contain a deeply humanist message, and in promoting a regard for nature and simply for life itself, while being feel-good stories they are also written with an impassioned sense of what is true and with a rare realism. The books could be called children’s literature or young adult novels or feminist fiction, but this is finally as incorrect and limiting as calling the books of Mark Twain or Robert Louis Stevenson suited to boys or to men, when they have a great appeal and meaning for readers that goes beyond these false labels.