Frank Richard Stockton was a popular 19th century American author who remains best known for writing a series of acclaimed children's fairy tales. His books are still read across the world today.
It will readily be conceived that I could not carry this huge package on my own, merely human, shoulders. It remained to choose a beast of burden. Now, a horse is a fine lady among animals, flighty, timid, delicate in eating, of tender health; he is too valuable and too restive to be left alone, so that you are chained to your brute as to a fellow galley-slave; a dangerous road puts him out of his wits; in short, he's an uncertain and exacting ally, and adds thirty-fold to the troubles of the voyager. What I required was something cheap and small and hardy, and of a stolid and peaceful temper; and all these requisites pointed to a donkey.
Suffering from a cold young Stella is given an ugly doll to play with. The doll suddenly starts to talk and tells the girl about her life with a poor London family, her departure for India where she lives with a rich, but unhappy Indian family, and her ultimate return to England. "Heart-breaking, touching, a marvellous look at life in Victorian times in both England and India!" Peter Armstrong, Armstrong Reviews. "Jennifer Victoria Church knows how to tug at one's heart strings. One of the best novels I ever read!" Candice Strauss, Book Recommendations.