A sentimental short story praised for its moving plot and con- demnation of scienti c experimentation on animals, Mark Twain e ciently delivers a truly captivating piece. First appearing in Harper’s Magazine in 1903, A Dog’s Tale was later published as a pamphlet for the National Anti-Vivisection Society. The tale focus- es on the life of Aileen, a misunderstood dog who experiences the ups and downs of life, while cruelly subjected to su ering because of the shallow belief of her inferiority amidst humans.
An Australian childrens’ classic about life on a ranch around the same time of A Little Florida Lady, with a similarly plucky tomboy heroine. Also, like the latter story, expect some racial stereotyping of Asian and Aboriginal characters. This originally ran as a news- paper serial and it shows in the episodic nature of the chapters, such as a vivid trip to the circus sandwiched by talk of a mad killer and an unexpectedly sentimental ending.
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book “A Little Princess” begins as seven year old Sara Crewe is dropped o at a boarding school by her rich father. She has grown up in India and has lived a very pampered life. Even though she is rich, she is very friendly to everyone and the students all love her.
Unfortunately, the woman in charge of the school does not like Sara and when her father dies on a business trip, the head mistress is angry that she will not get the money she is owed for Sara’s care. She makes her live in the attic with the maid and to do chores to earn her keep at the school. Sara is mistreated, but still remains kind to others and helps anyone she can.