So first of all:
I meant to post this over a month ago, but life got on the way…
So before I start my review let me say this is 100% how I feel and I was not compensated for anything. It would have been nice if I had been, and it wouldn’t have changed my review either way, but I just thought you all would like to know.
So one day I was on Instagram, and the Etsy store, Little Literary Classics, popped up in my feed.
They have adorable shirts, patches, paperback books, dolls, and cut/sew cloth books. The books are what interested me as you know me-get kids interested in classics even as children.
They are so cute, The Wizard of Oz, Paul Bunyan, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, etc. And what a great idea, the babies can chew on them, throw them, and just mess around with them with no fear of destroying them.
And you know me and Jane Austen stuff:
So I started following the store, and when my second favorite cousin’s (my favorite being my other cousin’s little five-year-old girl) wife got pregnant, I had to get them something special.
I looked online at the baby registry, but there were no books on the list!
I know, I had to rectify this immediately. So first I bought Anna Karenina from Jennifer Adams and Babylit. They have the best books! I have bought Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, The Wizard of Oz, The Jungle Book, A Little Princess, Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, and Alice in Wonderland. I have loved each and every one of them and highly recommend any of her books with their beautiful illustrations.
Little Literary Classics kept popping up in my feed and I thought, why not? I liked Pride and Prejudice but I didn’t want a boy doll for the baby girl. I really liked the Sense and Sensibility, but they didn’t have it available in cloth book (only paper) and I didn’t have the time to wait.
Now! Or in 4-6 weeks.
Then I saw Mansfield Park, and thought-why not. I like Mansfield Park and feel it is an under appreciated Jane Austen work. I liked that the doll was darker skinned, as I and that side of the family is Mexican, and decided to buy it.
It came with the option of having a message in it, which I thought was cute and asked for a short one. I ordered it on March 31st and waited.
I started to get worried it might not be here in time…the shower was April 27th and looming closer!
Please, please, please…
And it finally arrived on April 21st!
So I opened it out and saw the fabric:
So I was so excited, until I looked at the top and SAW THE INSTRUCTIONS WERE MISSING!!!! How was I going to put it together???!!!
What am I going to do???
But then I saw they had thoughtfully included a paper with the instructions.
They included the note with it, which I didn’t really like as I thought it was going to be separate, like Amazon does. However, if I was giving it to a friend who could sew, I could see them being put together like this.
So the book’s pages were super cute! They are numbered so you know how to put them together, number 8 was my favorite-I can just imagine Henry Crawford throwing a temper tantrum.
Here are a few squares:
So I do not sew at all:
And I was suffering from a sinus infection…
So my mom went to work:
And we ran into a couple of problems, first the needle in the sewing machine broke!
My mom replaced it, but the canvas was pretty strong-just so you know. The second problem is that a part of Fanny’s dress came off!
So my mom embroidered a flower over the spot.
She had me stuff it as that is something I know how to do.
The finished product:
So what did I think?
I loved it!
There may have been some hiccups, (and if I were to do it again I think I would pay extra to have them put it together for me), but it was beautiful, fun, adorable, and I LOVED it.
I really want all of them:
And I am trying to think of who should I buy the next one for?
And I can’t wait to see what baby thinks of it when she comes!!!
To purchase your own, click here.
For more on Mansfield Park, go to Anna Karenina Made Me View Maria Bertram-Rushworth and Mary Crawford Differently
For more Mansfield Park variations, go to Dangerous to Know, Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues: MATURE
For more children’s books, go to Baby Jane Austen
For more based on Jane Austen, go to The Smart One and the Pretty One
For more sewing, go to The Conscripted Seamstress