4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2008
The plot of the story is that seven-year-old Sara Crewe, who was raised in India by her affluent and adoring father, Captain Ralph Crewe, has been sent to London, England to be educated at Miss Minchin's Seminary for Young Ladies. Impressed by Captain Crewe's fortune, and wishing to keep Sara at the school as long as possible, Miss Minchin allows Sara to have far more luxuries than the average student. She has her own personal maid, a pony, a private sitting room and an extravagant wardrobe. She is also permitted to do anything she pleases, and is constantly praised, complimented and shown off as the school's star pupil. When Captain Crewe becomes part owner of several diamond mines - investing his life's fortune with a "dear friend" - Sara's status grows even more. It is a book about happiness and grief. About wealth and poorness, kindness and cruelty and over all how much a monkey can do.
on 4 April 2013
Great story. My 7 years old son read it and enjoyed it a lot. It has 10 questions at the end, which turned out very useful for discussion and writing practise (especially that we are home schooling). We were able to discuss the value of friendship, reading books, creativity, the importance of making the most of the circumstance we are in, diligence, attitude, hope etc etc