The Rat is a street-savvy kid in a barely known children’s book by the author of the infinitely famous The Secret Garden. I enjoyed the book and The Rat is one of the most endearing characters. He teams up with the noble-born lost prince to go and reclaim a distant country from oppression.

Once he gets the hang of reading, he loves it.

“I’ve had time to read and work out new things,” The Rat said.  “Reading is like traveling.”


Source: Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lost Prince (Marston Gate: Amazon, no date), p. 237

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