This was a beautiful and powerful book. This book has earned a place of honor on my bookshelves. I want all my children to read it! It is a classic of the first class! This book is heavy duty on the reading and vocabulary, many youngters of today would have a hard time getting into it at first, but once they understand where the story is going, I bet they won’t be able to put it down!
So many things to learn from studying this story: What it means to be a man, the influence of a good Father on a young boy, what an education is, how to prepare for your future mission while still young, how to keep a child unspoiled, honest, & good, how to be a true friend, the meaning of loyalty, the power of a purpose, the true face of greatness, etc, etc…I could keep going.
This book is very Romantic & idealistic, so sweet & innocent. It reminds me of Gene Stratton-Porter’s works. The story swept me up. I stayed up to read this book till midnight…just a few hours before I gave birth to baby #6!
My absolute favorite thing about this book was the tender relationship between the son and his father, and how they welcomed a stranger into their home and successfully made him a part of their family. It was so inspiring to see how “The Rat” changed from a homeless ruffian into a refined, loyal, courageous companion.
I also love that this book embraces the concepts known to today’s modern society as “The Secret” or the “Law of Attraction”. I was completely fascinated that Frances Hodgson Burnett was so familiar with the life changing principles of the magic of positive thinking. But I guess that is also the main theme in “The Secret Garden” and “A Little Princess”. I wish this story of hers was as well known as the previous two. What those two famous books have done for girls for the last century, The Lost Prince can do for young boys. Read it first…then give it to your sons to read!