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Little Lord Fauntleroy
Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Little Lord Fauntleroy

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  14,681 Ratings  ·  660 Reviews
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885, 1886) by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a beloved children's novel that made a huge impact on the 19th century public, shaping everything from boys' clothing fashions to copyright law. Cedric Errol is a generous, kind, and exemplary middle-class American boy who is suddenly found to be the heir of the Earl of Dorincourt. Saying loving goodbyes to ...more
Published February 5th 1985 by Puffin Books (first published 1886)
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Jul 16, 2011 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really silly book that caused a generation of little boys to have to suffer through long hair and white lace collars. Cedric, aka Little Lord Fauntleroy, is a goody good good little boy. His mother is perfect too.

I bet thousands of little boys in the 1880's wanted this book to disappear.
Casey Costello
The fact that Frances Hodgson Burnett's "Little Lord Fauntleroy" was such a sensation in the 1880s says as much about the contrast between the late Victorian Era and today as any anthropological study could.

The story centers around Cedric Errol, a kind, optimistic young boy who lives with his mother in modest circumstances in New York City, and is friends with just about everyone he meets. One day, he learns that he is actually Lord Fauntleroy, the heir apparent to become Earl of Dorincourt, and
Deborah Ideiosepius
This long standing children's classic story is another from "Mrs Burnett" that has totally stood the test of time. While the rags to riches story is almost a cliche today, in this story it is well enough done to be fresh and interesting. It is almost the prototype, so, while there are no unexpected twists in the story and no one truly can doubt the ending, the journey there is as comfortable, pleasant and enjoyable as sinking into a well loved comfy sofa.

Most people who like books written histor
Jul 06, 2010 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
This is most certainly a Burnett book, with its theme of pure, innocent goodness overcoming greed and maliciousness (not to mention the theme of beauty being associated with goodness). For the first couple of chapters, I really thought that I wasn't going to like this one. I still don't think it holds a candle to "The Secret Garden," or even "A Little Princess," but it did grow on me a bit. I have a couple of complaints:

1. Maybe this is my own sexism rearing its ugly head, but I did not enjoy re
Mary Frances
Jan 15, 2014 Mary Frances rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 8 yr old son read this book last week and told me that I "must, must, must read this book!" He was literally jumping up and down! I picked it up last night and stayed up much too late reading it and then finished it first thing this morning. I loved every single character. Yes, no child is as good as Fauntleroy, but neither is any mother as good as Dearest, nor all grandfathers as selfish as the Earl. This book is not about the person that we are, but about the person that we want to be.
Nov 11, 2009 miaaa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: echa, dahlia
I love it. But if you're wondering why I gave it three stars. Merely because I read Little Princess and the Secret Garden first. Somehow, Burnett's works have a pattern of their own and you'd know at the end everything will be alright. A happy ending. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!


Beruntung sekali menemukannya di gudang buku Pasfes, dengan harga murah dan diterjemahkan dengan apik. Mari berburu buku-buku Frances Hodgson Burnett :D
Nov 28, 2011 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my most favorite books ever, and I'm not sure why... I just found it to be a very sweet story, and one I would recommend. If anything, it's because Fauntleroy is so much fun to say. Go on, say it!
Akemi G
Aug 23, 2015 Akemi G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
A classic story in which the good wins in the end. Ah, how predictable! And I'm usually against predictable plots -- I typically don't even finish the book when the plot becomes so predictable (and this happens quite often, unfortunately).

Then why 5 stars? Because I remember I enjoyed it as a child. I think small children enjoy predictability as well as surprises. Or perhaps it's not so predictable for them. I really wanted Cedric to prevail. I really wanted his grandfather, who I could see was
This is pretty terrible. But hey, it does have this passage:
Here lyeth ye bodye of Gregorye Arthure Fyrst Earle of Dorincourt allsoe of Alisone Hildegarde hys wyfe.

'May I whisper?' inquired his lordship, devoured by curiosity.

'What is it?' said his grandfather.

'Who are they?'

'Some of your ancestors,' answered the Earl, 'who lived a few hundred years ago.'

'Perhaps,' said Lord Fauntleroy, regarding them with respect, 'perhaps I got my spelling from them.'
Ricordi d’infanzia. L’ho letto da ragazzina e poi basta. La copia originale è andata persa nel tempo, per cui ne ho scaricato una versione digitale inglese da Project Gutenberg (che non corrisponde a quella registrata tra i miei libri, ma non avevo voglia di creare una nuova scheda: ogni tanto, sono di una pigrizia da far schifo). Allora mi era piaciuto e mi aveva appassionato e divertito. Se lo riprendessi in mano adesso, non so come andrebbe. Per cui preferisco tenermi l’idea piacevole che ne ...more
Kathleen Dixon
I put this aside for a while and find a month and a half later that I have no interest in returning to it. Just not my thing - I can't blame it on the author's writing style because I love The Secret Garden, but I've never known an angelic child (don't get me wrong, I adore my grandchildren, but they have their naughty moments like every other child I've ever known) and just can't feel any sense of reality in the few pages I read.
Susan Jo Grassi
Nov 27, 2012 Susan Jo Grassi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in school when I was 10 or 11. That was, wait for it, half a century ago. Since it was a school project, I doubt that I appreciated it as much as I did this time around. It's the classic example of how good can change bad and innocence and trust can overcome self-indulgence.
Nov 12, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, ebooks, 2011, ya
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Would you believe that I have never heard of Little Lord Fauntleroy until this year? When I was a kid, I only knew of little Cedric "Ceddie" Errol through this morning cartoon that I watch during summer vacation, same as where I first found out who Sara Crewe was. Ceddie is a little boy who lives with his mom and dad in New York. His dad passed away, and shortly after, they found out that Ceddie was actually the next in line as the Earl of Dorincourt in England, a
Dec 03, 2007 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fundamentalist Christians
This got two stars because it's really not quite as terrible as it could be. Not that that's saying much. I feel as though all the things that make The Secret Garden (by the same author) so unique in that era of children's literature are completely lacking in this drivel. And I really do like Frances Hodgson Burnett. However, the plot of this novel is WEAK WEAK WEAK. And, although I don't want to give anything away for those of you just pining to read this, let me just say that the only thing mo ...more
Dec 01, 2013 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I would have liked to give this book three stars simply because I love other books by this author, but that doesn't seem justified when I have only read the first quarter of the book and have no desire to continue reading. At this point most of the major conflicts introduced at the beginning have been resolved, and I fear the rest of the book will be continued descriptions of how kind, patient, loving, beautiful, and perfect little Fauntleroy is. This one just isn't for me. I think I'll stick wi ...more
Imagine having an incredibly beautiful 7-year-old boy look up to you in every way and believe you good even when you are nasty. Would you want to reform yourself or disabuse him of his illusions because he is so annoyingly flawless?
Another Burnett that touched my childish heart. Of course it is not about a little girl, so it cannot hold the same place as Secret Garden or Little Princess, but it is there nonetheless.
Aug 17, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kid's lit lovers
Recommended to Jason by: Me, saw the movie
Greetings. If you wish to read the book review, then skip down a few paragraphs to the section so marked in all caps and emboldened. I wish to preface this review with a brief tale about my efforts to read the book. Why? Well, this is my canvas, and I'll paint what I want, thank you very much.

I saw this movie once when I was a child/preteen, or thereabouts. It was the Alec Guiness/Ricky Schroeder version, and I remember I kind of liked it, but never did pick up the book. Such things didn't reall
The Secret Garden is one of my favorite books (and definitely in my top ten films). I've never been as great a fan of the book A Little Princess, as I prefer the film version, but it too is a lovely book that I enjoyed reading. This wasn't as good as either of them, primarily because it felt less like a book and more like a summary of a book. It claims to be the book in its entirety, but I felt like I was reading a detailed outline, with only a few conversations fleshed out for the author's futu ...more
Jane Lebak
Dec 17, 2016 Jane Lebak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never realized before this time through that this book is a Prodigal Son story in reverse.

First, it's a completely Mary Sue story. Little poor child immediately charms every adult he meets. He has a huge vocabulary. Everyone who sees him recognizes he's handsome and intelligent and has a heart of gold. He's perfectly perfect in every respect. Fortunately I didn't find him annoying, but I suspect he could be.

The Earl is the Prodigal Son even though he's the grandfather. He's explicitly describ
Jun 17, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2010-11-season
A character that I've constantly seen referenced but had never read. It is definitely a product of its time; slow to start and with an extremely dry wit that still caused my family to laugh out loud on several occasions (we read it aloud in the car). One of the funniest lines wasn't in the novel proper but in the authors biography "Her (Burnett's) adult novels are of a sentimental vein which is now thoroughly out of fashion."

The language is a bit repetitive - the Earl's smile is almost always '
Dec 31, 2016 Clarabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ce classique de la littérature anglaise est une lecture onctueuse et sans aucune mièvrerie. Je le dis haut et fort. En cette saison doucereuse, qui me pousse à me gaver de sucreries, je ne pouvais que succomber à cette amitié naissante entre un jeune garçon au cœur pur et son terrible grand-père constamment renfrogné. Leur complicité est sincère et touchante de légèreté, de tendresse et d'amour. Un pur bonheur à lire.
Carla Soares
Jun 24, 2015 Carla Soares rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Li este livro duas ou três vezes em criança, e depois nunca mais.

A impressão que tenho - de ser delicioso - e a cotação são dessa altura, porque hoje em dia mal me lembro da história...
Rebecca Douglass
This less-read work by the author of The Secret Garden follows the fortunes of young Cedric Errol, an American boy whose English father died when he was very young, leaving him and his mother to get on as best they can. But when Ceddie is seven, an astonishing thing happens: it is revealed (to him; his mother knew all along) that his father was the youngest son of the Earl of Dorincourt. Further, it seems that his father's two older brothers have both died without having sons, and Ceddi
Barb Middleton
This story addresses the adult more than the child and shows the history of the late 1800's when children's literature was not its own separate entity. It was emerging but this is a good example of the lines being blurred for its message is for the greedy adult who needs redemption as contrasted by a pure and innocent child. Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden" and "A Little Princess" have more childlike aspects with imaginative play, friendships, and toys than this one, but it is still ...more
Seonmin (Dani) Park8
If I could summarize this book into one sentence; John Boyne once again made me fall in love with his stories, which is introduced by him, but not written. The summary of this story is that one day, a sailor from England fell in love with a beautiful American girl. He was called Captain, and he is described as “beautiful face and a fine, strong, graceful figure; he had a bright smile and a sweet, gay voice; he was brave and generous, and had the kindest heart in the world, and seemed to have th ...more
Apr 12, 2009 PurplyCookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting to like it, although was a tad curious to read Burnett's other works. I got myself a copy of Aladdin's Classics version; a warning though: don't read P. Horvath's foreword. I don't know why she was chosen to write for this classic; all she's able to do for me was to turn me off from reading the selection.

Moving on...memorable parts of the story was the friendship between Mr. Hobbs ("i'll be jiggered!") and Cedric. You will undoubtedly fall in-love with the little lord and his
I really like Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's works. I really do. Yet, I found some fault in this particular novel for just one reason: Fauntleroy is WAY too angelic.

Don't get me wrong, I thought this was otherwise a pretty decent read, especially with the nice characters that surround Fauntleroy (Mr. Hobbs, Dick, the Earl), but this little boy actually annoyed me just a wee bit. I don't particularly care for characters that have absolutely no faults whatsoever, and Fauntleroy is presented
Little Lord Fauntleroy is a set book for my children's lit course, I think. It's the second book I've read by Frances Hodgson Burnett -- although I own A Little Princess too, and plan to read it soon. They all seem to start the same way, describing the child and then having a sudden change in circumstances, especially location (e.g. India to Yorkshire, America to , usually due to the death of a parent. In The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy, there is some kind of amazing change in circu ...more
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Frances Eliza Hodgson was the daughter of ironmonger Edwin Hodgson, who died three years after her birth, and his wife Eliza Boond. She was educated at The Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentleman until the age of fifteen, at which point the family ironmongery, then being run by her mother, failed, and the family emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here Hodgson began to write, in order to sup ...more
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“But only be good, dear, only be brave, only be kind and true always, and then you will never hurt any one, so long as you live, and you may help many, and the big world may be better because my little child was born. And that is best of all, Ceddie, — it is better than everything else, that the world should be a little better because a man has lived — even ever so little better, dearest.” 3 likes
“What does it say?" asked my lord.
"It says, `Good-night, God keep you all the night!'--just what she used to say when we were together. Every night she used to say that to me, and every morning she said, `God bless you all the day!' So you see I am quite safe all the time----”
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