A wonderful fairy tale that I re-read this holiday season in a fit of sentimentality. Also, it was free on the kindle. I really loved the atmosphere and setting of this book as a child, and I still found it enchanting as an adult. Sara is a bit too sweet to the point of saccharine, but that is par for the course in fairy tales, and is, of course, the point of the book after all. Rags to riches, downfallen princesses, evil witches/headmistresses, etc. Everyone gets what they deserve in the end. A very charming story.