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VINE VOICEon 23 May 2005
Little Lord Fauntleroy is the dream Christmas story.

A sweet,decent and unspoilt boy with a heart of gold is winning over his old, disappointed and grumpy grandfather who happens to be an Earl. Reluctantly Grandpa has to acknowledge him as his heir.... reluctantly because his mother is an American; quite shocking for a British Earl. However, the new young Lord F. brings back life and happiness into the old cold castle and his grandfather's life. Then all seems to be lost as another heir appears. Well, all is well in the end and all at Christmas. A triumph over prejudices ang haughtiness, a triumph for decency and love. Can there be a better Christmas story?
What a damm sweet story, you mind think. This is just too much.... and well you may be actaully are right. But nevertheless it is wonderful and utterly enjoyable. I just liked it. And the movie based on this book (the one with Alex Guiness) is great too.
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on 6 December 2001
Frances Burnett's books were some of my best childhood friends, as I was growing up during the 60's in a bleak and grey country.
Cedric Errol is a sweet little boy and everything in this story can be explained trough love: he is inclined to love everybody and everything, and his love does change his not-so-sweet grandfather. The message I got from Little Lord Fautleroy as a child was that people have to be loved before being loveable, and that love CAN change things - it's still a good lesson to be learned.
And, of course, the book gave me and my brothers a perfect private joke we still use, about "aunt's sisters".
Turn your TV of, turn the gameboys of, sit all snug on the floor, with pillows and rugs, and read it for your six/seven year olds. It's magic!
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but still a good read.

When little Cedric finds out that he is heir to an Earldom, he must leave his beloved America with his Mother and sail to the ancestral home of his forebears. There he meets up with the curmudgeonly Earl (his Grandfather) who has already made his mind up to hate the child. However, little Ceddie is so sweet and kind that the Earl's heart is melted. There is a slight hiccup when a possible usurper to the title appears on the scene with his Mother but thanks to Ceddie's American friends who discover the woman is an imposter the hiccup doesn't last for long.

Reading this as an adult, I can't believe that an 8 year old boy would be quite so angelic and the way the author writes poetically about his golden locks and his big brown eyes really is a bit too much to believe. However, reading this to a child or for a child to read alone would probably be a really nice experience.
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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.

Please note that I found
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on 14 July 2010
This little book is a children's classic. A really lovely fantasy of a story.
A world some people will snif and scorn at - but if you want pure escapeism, a wonderful little hero,
morals wrapped up in delightful innocence, in fact a 'Fairy Tale' then wallow in it. Nobody writes
these kind of stories today and a little bit of old fashioned 'feel good' fantasy is good for one occasionally.
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on 4 March 1999
Pure, bright story among the stories written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. You can read again and again and will want to read it to your children. I have collected her renowned books in many versions but Everyman's library Children's Classic edition is published in a very high quality to decorate your bookshelf in addition to C. E.Brock's illustrations, as it's said " Classic".
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on 27 February 2008
I read the novel in just two days. Despite the maybe childish and sometimes contrieved plot it is a delight. A "feel good" book.
The main character and his Mum, Dearest, make you remember that the world would be a simpler place if we were all like them.
Even if it can be easily placed within the traditional corpus of children's literature it is a great read for all ages.
A book that bears second and third perusals well.
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on 25 February 2014
This pleasurable and inspiring book is the perfect book for anyone, whatever sort of person they might be. It helps if you can understand the slang American of some of the characters but you will get the gist of it, even if your American isn't perfect.

Little lord Fauntleroy is a sweet, good-mannered, and charming little boy of seven, who gets on with his normal life until an unexpected event takes him from his home and friends in America to his grouchy Grandpa in England. He finds out that he is a lord and from then on his life changes dramatically, but he never forgets his friends in America, and they are the most important when an ill-tempered woman threatens his lordly position.
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on 19 June 2011
the story is cute, but cannot compare to Frances' other two books (The Secret Garden, and A Little Princess), regarding meaningful content.
I wanted a hardcover copy, and this one is beautifully made with oldfashioned fabric, and the illustrations look really authentic for the time the story is set in.
All in all, I liked it very much, although the price I paid wasn't exactly cheap.
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on 11 January 2014
I first read this book as a little girl and it was the first time I had ever cried being lost in the story. I refused to continue reading it because I was so upset that Cedric was not to be Lord Fauntleroy. I did finish the book after some persuasion and it must be said that it continues to be my favourite.

The writing is superb and it's such a beautiful story. I would recommend it to anyone, child or adult.
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