*I thought a kid's perspective might be helpful, so this post is written by my 12 yr. old son, Gideon (and there will be more to come!). Every time he had to stop reading this book to move onto something else, he would sigh and say, "SUCH a good book," so I asked him to share it with you.
I hope you enjoy it as much as he did!*
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Hey guys! This is Gideon, and today I’m really excited to share one of my favorite books! It has some great lessons and is a really fun read!
So, the book I’m going to be telling you about today is "The Lost Prince” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. As you start the book, for me personally it was a harder read at first because it was originally published in 1915, so the language is a bit older.
When you begin the book, it starts with Marco, a poor boy living in London, with a gentleman’s manners and a keen eye. His father, Loristan, is a patriot for Samavia, a country torn by war, longing for its lost prince, (hence the title,) to return and finally put an end to the bloodshed.
Marco meets a boy named the Rat, one who cannot walk, but who is very intelligent, and admires Marco. They become good friends, and together they learn about the Secret Party. This is a group of people who have been watching and waiting for a sign, a sign that the prince has been found, a sign to revolt against the tyrants of Samavia, and replace them with the rightful king. A sign the boys must now deliver. Marco and the Rat travel throughout Europe, traveling as “grains of sand upon the wind” as the Rat put it, delivering the sign to those is waiting.
When I read this, I thought: “WOW, I want to be like Marco!” He trained himself to see everything, taught himself to be thoughtful, and demanded himself to be silent. To me, Marco is what self-mastery looks like. He talks with himself calmly, he trains his mind and body, and he chooses to be silent when he needs to be. He also has fun, and gets excited! He really is the embodiment of what we can and SHOULD be.
I really enjoyed this book because it got me really thinking. It introduced some profound thoughts and ideas. As Marco talks to the Rat, they discuss life and taught me what it really means to THINK.
One of my favorite quotes from this book is: “It’s a chance,” The Rat said, “We mustn’t waste anything like a chance!” I believe that this quote has a lot of meaning, and this whole book is just a treasure trove of adventure, knowledge, and thought provoking ideas. It really teaches teamwork, leadership, and the importance of being willing to follow.
In the end, I think I would say the authors’ main point would be to pay attention. That we should be a self-master, and that we should watch carefully, listen closely, speak wisely, and think well. I would totally recommend this to everyone, but probably 4th, 5th grade and up. Hope this post was helpful, Peace out!
Gideon is an enthusiastic 12 year old who loves rock climbing, baseball, acting, engineering, and good books. He enjoys writing, but sometimes it drives him crazy. :) If you want to enjoy life and feel good about yourself, you should hang around Gideon.
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