“It was really a very simple thing, after all,—it was only that he had lived near a kind and gentle heart, and had been taught to think kind thoughts always and to care for others. It is a very little thing, perhaps, but it is the best thing of all. He knew nothing of earls and castles; he was quite ignorant of all grand and splendid things; but he was always lovable because he was simple and loving. To be so is like being born a king.” -Frances Hodgson Burnett, Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett // Book Review //
This book stole my heart from the very beginning and still holds it long after I turned the last page. I can't recommend this book enough! Despite the selfish, uncaring behavior displayed by much of culture today, I believe that there is still kindness in this world - and kindness matters! I understand that some may describe this book as sugary sweet - they are correct - and I unapologetically loved every minute of it! Themes of childhood innocence, a mother's love, kindness, optimism, generosity, friendship, tyranny, greed, selfishness, goodness, deceit and charity are presented throughout this classic.
I will leave this review short and simple with the sincerest recommendation to treat yourself and your family to this classic. Little Lord Fauntleroy, along with Burnett's other works, The Secret Garden and A Little Princess, would be wonderful stories to read-aloud to the children in your life! This book is more than just a children's classic, however, as the storyline does not necessarily only address the person we are as much as the person we desire to be. This is a message that we can all take to heart - even if it is as sweet as sugar!
“But only be good, dear, only be brave, only be kind and true always, and then you will never hurt any one, so long as you live, and you may help many, and the big world may be better because my little child was born. And that is best of all, Ceddie, — it is better than everything else, that the world should be a little better because a man has lived — even ever so little better, dearest.”