Forget what you think you know. "Pollyanna" is now a synonym for a cock-eyed and foolish optimist, but the original character is a tough, spunky, resilient pistol with a no-nonsense attitude. "Little Lord Fauntleroy" now often means a prissy or precious little twit in a black velvet suit. Not so. Cedric, the Lord's real name, may be kind, affectionate and passionately good-hearted and gentle, but he is also smart, observant, direct, and totally shaped by the manly virtues and graces we all admire. If there were a cool kids table in the world of Victorian fiction, Lord Fauntleroy would lead the gang by his sterling example and distinguished bearing.
Indeed, in her forward to Simon and Schuster's 2004 edition of this book, Polly Horvath described Lord Fauntleroy as being so popular that he was effectively the Harry Potter of his era. How cool is that?
So, even though this was written in 1895, and even though it is a bit stiff and prim in places, the tale of Little Lord Fauntleroy is fun, instructive and engaging. Cedric is a fascinating and appealing companion. There is no melodrama but there is much to engage the eye and ear and there is much that would amuse and entertain an adventurous but calm young reader. This kid has class and style and heart; he should not be forgotten or misremembered, and you will be pleasantly surprised and rewarded if you give this book a try.
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