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A Little Princess

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Sara Crewe looks like a little princess--that's what a her schoolmates say when Sara's rich father brings her to Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for girls.

Yet when Sara's fortunes vanish and she must live as a servant in a cold attic room, she proves that being a real princess takes heart, hope, and perhaps a little Magic.
Paperback, Junior Classic Edition, 178 pages
Published 2011 by Dalmatian Press, LLC (first published 1905)
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Amrapali Bose Lottie is the shortest girl in Miss Minchin's seminary who was compared to with Sara's Last Doll which she got as a gift in her eleventh birthday.
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Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
Oh my goodness I absolutely adored this! This brought me right back to childhood since I loved the movie as a kid, so glad the book is just as good!!
Yulia
Dec 04, 2013 Yulia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mini-me
My mother thought it completely foolish of me to buy a hardcover book and then finish it in one night (these were the days before Harry Potter and, besides, we had enough books in our house, in her opinion). But I loved owning this edition with its gorgeous images and, when I gave it to my younger cousins in Singapore, believing myself ready to part with my childhood attachment to a book I wouldn't ever forget, I did mourn its loss, though I was a teenager by then and studying the dead white mal ...more
Lola  Reviewer
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The movie based on this classic was the first one ever gifted to me and that when I was eight years old. I've always had a thing for princess stories. They’re usually so beautiful and this is no exception.

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Although, Sara is not really a princess. But, seeing the way she acts with others, you may possibly think she is. She is kind, generous, and very mature for her age. When I first saw the movie, I was shocked. It was beautiful yet so sad and poignant and the little eight-year-old girl that I was
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Leore Joanne Green
Downloaded this one in audio form from Librivox as well.

This is one of my all time favourite books. I first read it when I was thirteen years old and a bit of an outcast at my school and it gave me strength to move on. Her way of pretending things was very familiar to me and I got so sucked into the magic of the story.
Hearing it now, I was afraid it would prove childish, as childhood favourites often do. But to my delight it didn't. Sarah was a bit naive at times, which doesn't conflict with th
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Zeek
The story begins with little Sara Crewe traveling from the life she’s always known living in India with her beloved Father, Captain Crewe, to be schooled like all proper British girls in London. Her father is loathe to let her go but knows he must for her own good. Almost immediately upon arrival, Sara sees quite clearly with her wise beyond her years insight that Miss Minchin, the proprietor of the school, is not a fair lady, although she hides it well enough. Just as immediately, Sara gets the ...more
Ellen
Feb 25, 2010 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
Though I wallowed in Burnett’s A Little Princess as a girl, in re-reading it as an adult and considering the movie adaptations, it is hard not to view it through a postcolonial lens.

The 1995 movie adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess begins with the voice-over of Sara Crewe, the main character, stating, “A very long time ago there lived a beautiful princess in a mystical land known as India . . ..” Against the otherwise blank screen, a small circular image of the imaginary
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Lee
Feb 13, 2010 Lee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished, classics
"she was always dreaming and thinking odd things and could not herself remember any time when she had not been thinking things about grown-up people and the world they belonged to. She felt as if she had lived a long, long time."

I wished Frances Hodgson Burnett stopped explaining about Sara at this point. Because at this point, I like her already. Because at this point, I wish I read this book when I was a child. Because at this point, I start to think that Sara and I have similarities.

Sadly tho
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Harun Harahap
Dari Sara Crewe, tokoh dalam buku ini, kita bisa belajar banyak hal. Ada tiga hal yang menurut saya sangat baik untuk diterapkan dalam kehidupan kita, yaitu:

1. Sara selalu menjadi seorang yang baik hati di setiap keadaan. Tak hanya di saat senang tapi saat susah. Ketika seseorang yang kaya secara material memberikan sumbangan pada orang miskin, orang lain akan menghormati dan menghargainya. Bagaimana jika seseorang yang miskin melakukannya? Pasti berlipat-lipat penghormatan dan penghargaan yang
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Kelly
A story that still has the power to enchant me today. A story about both fantasy and strength, both grounded in ugly realism and sustained by flights of fancy. I remember being able to hear the rustle of little girls' skirts, feel Sara's hunger at the sight of her feast, see the shine of the candles out her attic window, join in her humiliation at her new lot in life. Yes, it does indulge in father hero-worship, but I refuse to let a little Freudian fact like that get in the way of how much I lo ...more
El
About six months ago I read The Secret Garden for possibly the first time, and while I was happy to have finally read it, realized that I probably would have appreciated it more if I had read it as a younger reader.

I felt similarly about A Little Princess.

In this story we have young Sara Crewe, a precocious and intelligent little girl whose father indulges her every whim and desire, sent to a seminary for young ladies where she uses her imagination to make friends and some enemies. When her fath
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Dhanaraj Rajan
The Story:

It is a simple heart warming story of a rich girl whose fortunes play hide and seek with her. Initially she is very rich and enjoys everything as a princess and after some time we see her reduced to a pauper, having nothing and no body in the world. She works and struggles to support her life as a charity pupil. And then arrives the fairy tale ending in which the pauper is restored to unimaginable riches.

What I understood from the Story/the Moral of the Story:

1. The nature of life and
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Manybooks
As much as A Little Princess is and remains both a childhood and adulthood favourite, in some ways, Sara Crewe and her entire demeanour do at times appear as being almost a bit too good to be true. I have always liked this story tremendously, but have never loved it as much as, say, The Secret Garden (also, of course, by Frances Hodgson Burnett) or the Anne of Green Gables and the Emily of New Moon series (Lucy Maud Montgomery). In all of these novels, the main characters have their share of fau ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*


B, is for Burnett.

She liked books more than anything else, and was in fact, always inventing stories of beautiful things, and telling them to herself.



A Little Princess was NOT a childhood favourite of mine, I wasn't refined enough for that. I wanted my "Pocahontas" and "Lion King" and to the devil with princesses in petticoats and their ilk. (to be honest I'm not all that different now) BUT I did enjoy the movie when I had occasion to watch it, once or twice, in my youth.

The story is a goo
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Francesca
I never read this book as a child, and I think if I had I probably would've loved it. There were things I could still appreciate about it. I liked that it promoted kindness and being nice to people, I loved finding out the original story and noticing all the differences between it and the 1995 movie, which I grew up with and which was and still is one of my all time favourites, and most of all I loved that it inspired that movie which I loved a lot more than the book. I know, I know. Blasphemy! ...more
Elizabeth
More like The Sassiest Princess.
Camille Mcnally
There's some totally bizarre 1800's racism and classism in this book. I love how the Indian man (the "Oriental") notices Sarah's suffering, comes up with a plan to help her (and tells his boss about it), and is the person who physically brings all of the rich objects over to her- but when Sarah realizes that these things are coming from her next door neighbor's household- it's his white, British boss who is given all the credit (although they do say something along the lines of "only an oriental ...more
Lina
A Little Princess is a very special book to me and I am quite certain that if it were written by anyone else I would hate it. Sara is a very particular character, because it could be argued that she is an in-canon sue. She is, in many ways, perfect and blessed, initially, with privileges. That being said, that perfection does not make her a horrible character. Sara is very self-aware of her flaws and her role in society. Being spoiled by her father did not make her a spoiled person, nor did it g ...more
Beth - I SNIFF BOOKS
I loved watching the movie, The Little Princess (1939), as a child. As an avid reader, I am most reluctant to admit that I have never read the book -- until now. But let's get those skeletons out of our closets. I know I'm not the only one who hasn't read the book (or two or three) that was based on a childhood film favorite -- The Neverending Story by Michael Ende is the other book that (eep!) I have yet to read.

But enough with confessions. It's time to move on to a most embarrassing disclosure
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RitaSkeeter
Re-read Xmas 2013
I always have some hesitation re-reading books that I love in case I find that is no longer the case. I read this book so many times as a child and loved it. This re-read is the first in many many years and it was with much trepidation. What I found was a book that not only held dear memories, but a story with an emotional pull so strong I cried. The story is a classic rags to riches, but it evoked an emotional response in me through it's descriptions of Sara's life and did so w
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Hissa Reads
Oct 05, 2015 Hissa Reads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
What a beautiful book, I loved it!
The simple and heartwarming story of sara kept me reading and wanting to know more about a little princess who ought to be a princess even when her situation and everyone says she is not.
احمد هلال
Nov 12, 2012 احمد هلال rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الحمد لله رب العالمين
القصة رائعة و لكن لدى عليها علامات
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القصة جميلة ، ورائعة ومدهشة ، و فيها من الأبعاد

الأنسانية مايروى حديقة صغيرة فينبت فيها أزهارا مبتسمة

متفتحة ، و لكن الكاتبة أخلت قصتها من الإيمان بالله عز

وجل ، فكل الأحادث الجميلة حدثت و كل المشاكل حدثت ثم

كل الحلول الممتازة تحققت بعيدا عن الجانب الإيمانى .
القصة تتحدث عن الفتاة الصغيرة التى استطاعت أن تصمد

لأصعب الظروف معتمدة على القيم المثالية مجردة من

العقيدة ، و معتمدة على الخيال ، فسارة الطفلة الجميلة

كانت تتخيل أنها أميرة ومهما حد
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Laurel
Jan 21, 2010 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, children
I got this book as a gift for my birthday when I was in 4th or 5th grade. I never read it. I'm not sure why exactly, but I suspect it was the word "princess" in the title. I was never really the princess type. The idea of a prim and proper little girl getting everything she wanted handed to her on a silver platter just didn't make for much of an interesting story to me. I was much more the Little House on the Prairie type. I liked stories of families overcoming hardship, and of girls not afraid ...more
Dini
Oct 31, 2009 Dini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I love love love this book! It often happens that when I read a children's book I can't help feeling that I would've liked it better or been more impressed had I read it as a child. That is not the case with A Little Princess. Sara Crewe is a wonderful, dignified character who is intelligent, kind, strong and wise beyond her years. She is a princess when she is rich and treated with reverence by all the people in her boarding school. She is still a princess, even after her father dies and loses ...more
Meg J.
Sep 19, 2007 Meg J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all girls - they need to know they're princesses!
Shelves: 2006
I enjoyed this story, but unfortunately I had seen the movie first and so I was disappointed that the book was not quite as encouraging as the movie. Still enjoyed it though! 04/02/2006

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"Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to
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Jana
May 20, 2016 Jana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this story. It was wonderful and whimsical and Sara was such a delightful character. I wish I hadn't waited this long to pick it up!
Sophie
Nov 24, 2015 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, favorites
This was one of my favorite books as a child. I'm so glad that I got to reread it for my English class!
Naomi Sarah
Sooo. This book is chock-filled with Rags-to-Riches-and-Riches-to-Rags, Fuzzy-feelsies, and Adorable characters. It's a girly, rosy little Classic, and I think everyone should read it. (Besides, children love reading books about Rich people becoming Poor and then Rich again. It's just a fun thing to read.)

What I love:
1. All Sara's THINGS. For Pete's Sake, it's fun to read. Her pink silk birthday Frock, Emily and her glorious mini-wardrobe, her bedroom with all the rich things. Everyone Is Jealou
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Kathleen
FREE AUDIO by Karen savage. A solo, semi-pro performance for Librivox. https://librivox.org/a-little-princes...

Today for the first time -- and as an adult -- I read this beloved riches to rags classic, set in London, 1888. After her wealthy father dies, suddenly losing his fortune, 11-year-old "princess" Sarah Crewe quickly learns what to treasure most: kindness, a warm fire, a full tummy.

Fallen from grace at the select boarding school where she's been the star pupil, transformed within moments
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Paula
Nov 02, 2015 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had known about this book when I was a child! I loved little Sara Crewe, her manners, her independent character and rich imagination. Completely adorable and charming.
Thy Ngân
Jun 21, 2015 Thy Ngân rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Đây là một cuốn sách rất cliché, nó cliché đến mức chẳng cần đọc lời giới thiệu, chỉ cần lướt qua tới trang thứ 2 là bạn đã đủ biết nó nói về câu chuyện một-cô-bé-giàu-có-trở-nên-nghèo-đói-nhưng-vẫn-giữ-tâm-sáng-lòa-rồi-nhờ-đó-cộng-một-cái-gì-chưa-biết-đời-sẽ-tươi-đẹp-lên, qua đó rút ra các bài học này nọ. Nhưng việc biết trước cốt truyện đó chẳng làm cuốn sách bớt lôi cuốn hơn hay làm những người đã từng là trẻ con như chúng ta nhìn vào đó mà bớt toan tính, bớt sống kiểu người lớn hơn, trong sá ...more
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“Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.” 876 likes
“When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in--that's stronger. It's a good thing not to answer your enemies.” 447 likes
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