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Though this is a an adapted version of France Hodgson Burnett’s “A Little Princess” (written way back in 1905) which I got from Popular a month back, it is just nice for young readers. It is easy to read and with beautiful illustration.

It tells story about Sara Crewe, a motherless child who has been raised in India by her wealthy, doting father. It all started when Sara’s father sent her to boarding school in London. She was enrolled in Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Girls. Sara is the happiest girl at Miss Minchin’s school. Her father sends her lavish gifts from India and her kindness makes her a favorite with the other pupils, and some call her “princess”; while there are few who are bitterly jealous of her. But when her father dies,  Sara is suddenly left penniless and Miss Minchin turns against her. She is relegated to the life of a servant in a cold, lonely attic room, but her courage and her always brilliant imagination becomes her saving grace. Throughout, she remains a magnanimous “princess,” who feels best when she is helping others; the wonderful stories she invents, and her kind heart, earn her true friends and eventually lead her to a new home.

 

It is a good story for children. On one hand, it depicts the ugly side of the society with those snobbish people like Miss Minchin, and on the other, it shows that with her born nobility, richness doesn’t stop Sara from seeing that we are all the same;

(there’s one scene where Becky the servant fell asleep on Sara’s chair being too exhausted over those cleaning work, and when she opened her eyes and saw Sara:

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and poverty doesn’t stop Sara from giving buns to a beggar child whom she spotted “with eyes even hungrier than her own”.

From one reviewer: Sara may be a rich heiress, but she lacks the sense of entitlement that many privileged people have even today. Her sense of compassion makes her acknowledge the humanity of everyone she interacts with. ”  Ya, some attitude I would like my children to have as well, even though we are not rich.

Finished reading this book “The Magician’s Apprentice”. At first,  after reading few chapters, I only discovered it’s not something I expected, nothing about magic, action pack adventure or sort. But when I continue reading,  after the main character, Baz, a boy at his teen, was sold to a magician for a sword by his cruel master, the real philosophical journey started.

Below is the review by Wandering Librarians, and yes, I don’t think it’s a book for kid. But overall, I like it. It brings peace to my mind when reading it. There are some Zen Buddhism elements in it.

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“It is fear speaking. Fear of the unknown, of things higher than ourselves. You must transform that fear if you hope to become a true magician.”

“How?” asked Baz.

“By observing it,” said Tadis. “You will see that it will change. All things do. Nothing stays the same. And that includes fear.”

 

Read this from: http://languagelearningbase.com/85837/top-24-confusing-english-words

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The one I like are:

“altogether” – When he first saw the examination questions, he was altogether baffled.

“all together” – The wedding guests were gathered all together in the garden.

 

“complement” – The sauce is a nice complement to the vegetables.

“compliment” – He gave me a compliment about my dress.

 

“defuse” – How long did it take you to defuse the bomb?

“diffuse” – I need speakers that will diffuse my music around the whole arena.

 

“discrete” – Our club has three discrete membership categories.

“discreet” – The painting was won by a discreet telephone bidder.

 

Picture to share with my girls today.

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Was so thrilled when my friend shared this with me this morning: How the Indian learns the 11-to-19 timetables.

As it’s in Chinese, let me translate it here:

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Can’t wait to share with my girls when they are awake from their nap.

Read a nice article by Andrew Bolt : “Whether VCE results bring delight or dismay, the key to success is persistence”

Love the Vincent Van Gogh story shared, and gonna read it together with my girls:

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And I like the conclusion by the author:

“Sometimes, it takes most of a lifetime to know what you’re good at — and prove it.

Indeed, it can take years for some people to realise success for them actually has nothing to do with career or fame, but everything about family and love.”

 


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