Reviews by andrea
I am enjoying listening to this book again this summer, this time with my second son hearing it for the first time. As always, Jim Dale is absolutely fantastic.
This is a fascinating glimpse at the life of a lower class woman in Edwardian England, and was one of the inspirations for both Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey. I want my kids to read the chapters about the amount of work this woman did at home as a very young girl, and for hire starting at the age of 13. Next time they complain about chores, I'm going to pull out this book!
My daughter enjoyed this book as she prepared to be the flower girl in her uncle's wedding this summer.
This movie has all the classic Disney elements: a beautiful girl (with the nice twist that she cares more about her books that her looks!), a nasty villain, humorous sidekicks, some scary scenes, and great music. I like the message that personality is more important than what you can see when you look at someone.
My daughter watched this over and over this summer after seeing her brother in the musical. It's a classic Disney movie, but there are songs in the musical that I really wish were in the movie. Of course the movie manages some effects that would be very hard to create on stage!