Childhood Favorites is a monthly series focusing on beloved books from the past.
Donald Zolan, Quiet Time.
Reading Frances Hodgson Burnett is like a right of passage.
Like many children, I adored A Little Princess. Who doesn't love Sara Crewe? Her imagination, her kindness, her ability to find joy even in the midst of drudgery? The story is mesmerizing and my favorite edition is the one with Tasha Tudor's gorgeous illustrations.
The image of Sara coming back to her rooms to discover poor, exhausted Becky is one of my favorites. Not only because of Sara's gorgeous pink dress, but because it captures so perfectly the scene as it is written.
I could sit and look at these drawings all day long. I read and reread Sara's story over and over.
I didn't read The Secret Garden until I was an adult. I don't know why, because I loved it. And I adore the musical that is based on Mary's story.
So many wonderful life lessons.