Little Princess Sara

The books "A Little Princess" and "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgeson Burnett were bought for me for my seventh birthday by my great aunt. To say I read them and enjoyed them would be the understatement of the century. Especially A Little Princess. I read that book over and over. I practically have it memorized. It was and still is one of my favorite books and that same copy still sits on my bookshelf. Even now, I can pick it up and immediately become completely engrossed in the story to the point of forgetting where I am and what I'm doing. Neither of the movie adaptations that I have seen ever satisfied me. They have her father "die" heriocally in a battle during the war and bring him back at the end. No. No no no no no.

The World Masterpiece Theater anime series also takes some liberties with the story. They condense it into a period of one year instead of several, and add a few characters. But by and large, it is the most faithful to the original story of any adaptation I've seen. I'm ecstatic that I finally have some cels.

Sara and Lottie

This is a cute cel of Sara and Lottie. Lottie is so cute with little tears in her eyes but a defiant expression on her face! There's a little bleeding in the color on Sara's apron, but I still love this cel.


One of my favorite characters, Miss Ermengarde St. John. She also has tears in her eyes in this cel. Although I always felt that I could match Sara's imagination and love of books and reading, for some reason I always felt that I identified more closely with Ermengarde. Unpopular, chubby, awkward, with her hair in her mouth, and something of a crybaby. I think most girls feel like that sometimes.

Sara, Peter, and Becky

NEW! This is a really nice cel of Becky (left), Peter (center) and Sara (right). Becky will be a familiar character to anyone who's read the book, but many will wonder, who is Peter? He's the boy who drives a cart in London. XD Seriously, he's a character created by the people who adapted the book to anime. I assume they felt like they needed a boy about the same age as Sara and her friends in order to give the young boys watching the series someone to identify with. He's not a bad character, although the fact that it gives Sara an extra friend to talk to means that things never get quite as bad for her in the anime as they do in the book when she's always out by herself.

Mr. Carrisford

This is a nice cel of Mr. Carrisford. He was Sara's father's friend who spent half the book searching all over the world for the little girl who was just on the other side of the wall.

Sara, Peter, and Becky

NEW! I'm not 100% certain without looking at the anime, but I'm pretty sure this is from the last episode. It's a really sweet cel of Sara, Ermengarde, and Lottie, and Sara is wearing a cute sailor dress. However, I'm most excited because of the character in the background. Ram Dass was always one of my favorite characters in the book, and D*MN if is he isn't cute in the anime version! I'd love to find a nice cel of him someday.

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