Two Little Pilgrims' Progress
"When anyone meets us," Meg said, "they always look surprised. Dogs which are not allowed in the house are like us. The only difference is that they don't drive us out—but we are just as much in the way."
‘Two little Pilgrims’ Progress’ is the story of orphaned twins, Meg and Robin, left to the care of their Aunt Matilda, who doesn’t take much notice of them. Meg sleeps in a cold servant’s room, while Robin shares a room with someone else. All the two kids have in the world are each other and their dreams.
Meg dreams of running away to "The City Beautiful" – Chicago – for the single reason that it is "millions of miles" away from Aunt Matilda's barn. She convinces her brother to run away with her, and through the eyes of the adventurous children, the reader gets to experience a truly magnificent moment in history; the Chicago World's Fair in the late 1890s.
Readers who enjoyed ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain will also enjoy this book. Frances Hodgson Burnett was an English American playwright and author. Born in the UK in Manchester to a family of ironmongers, she later migrated to the United States where she would go on to write some of her most famous plays and novels. During the span of her career, Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote and published more than 53 novels, most of them for adults. However, she is perhaps best known for her work in children’s literature, including famous titles such as ‘The Little Princess’ (1905), ‘The Secret Garden’ (1911), and ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’ (1886). Frances Hodgson Burnett is also known for her historical fiction, including acclaimed titles such as 'The Head of the House of Coombe' (1922) and its sequel, 'Robin' (1922). Burnett’s work has been adapted for film many times. The latest movie adaptation of ‘The Secret Garden’ was released in 2020, starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters.