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A Little Princess

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Sara Crewe is a gifted and well-mannered child, and Captain Crewe, her father, is an extraordinary wealthy man. So Miss Minchin, headmistress of Sara's new boarding school in London, is pleased to treat Sara as her star pupil--a pampered little princess.But suddenly, one dreadful day, Sara's world collapses around her. All of her lovely things are taken from her and she is...more
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Published August 25th 1994 by Audio Partners (first published 1905)
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Yulia
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
Joanne
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...more
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
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...more
Ellen
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...more
Lee
"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...more
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
S.
I am woefully overdue for a review for this book.

It's one I have owned and lost three times: Once moving from the Netherlands to London, then from London to France, then, after having moved to the US, I lost it again coming back to the UK.

It was mostly due to the kind of heartbreaking book-culls you have to engage in when making big moves in order to not be regarded as a fruitloop while traveling.

Do not ask me how livid the spots are that dance before my eyes at such callous remarks as: 'They're...more
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...more
Laurel
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
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
Dini
Oct 31, 2009 Dini rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
احمد هلال
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...more
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...more
Meg J.
Sep 19, 2007 Meg J. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Becky
I am fairly certain that I read this as a little girl and really liked it, but I didn't remember it at all. So now I've re-read it, and find that it lives up to how good I think I thought it was. Mostly.

I say 'mostly' because there are a couple things that bother me about this story. But I'll get to that in a minute. First, I want to talk about the things I liked.

I liked little Sara, and her imagination and her sort of pensive consideration and understanding of the world and people around her....more
Mary Ronan Drew
The Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett is the all-time great fantasy book for little girls. Big girls, too. It's a classic riches to rags to riches story and like The Count of Monte Cristo, the all-time great revenge novel, it never ceases to satisfy.

Our heroine is placed in a girl's school by her father, a very rich British civil servant in India. Then he dies and she is thought to be penniless and is treated badly. But no, it turns out, she is really fabulously wealthy and her father'...more
Hilda
Sara Crewe dibesarkan bagai seorang putri. Ayahnya sang Kapten Kapal memanjakannya, dan Sara selalu punya ayah untuk mengasuhnya di India. Ketika umurnya tujuh tahun, Sara dibawa ayahnya ke Sekolah Berasrama Nona Minchin, tempat yang bagi ayahnya sempurna untuk membesarkan putri kesayangannya. Di Sekolah Nona Minchin pun, Sara diperlakukan bagai seorang putri. Ia mendapat kamar paling bagus, pelayan pribadi dari Prancis, dan kursi khusus di samping Nona Minchin ketika makan malam. Meskipun begit...more
Wealhtheow
Sara Crewe's only friend is her widower father, who leaves her in a boarding school in England. Too thoughtful to fit in well with her peers, Sara is nevertheless beloved for her immense wealth and imaginative tales. But when her father dies, leaving her a penniless orphan in a country she's only just getting used to, Sara has only her mind to keep her alive and well.

Written a century ago, A Little Princess is deeply classist (and all sorts of other prejudices common to Brits of the era), but t...more
Oscar
'La princesita' (A Little Princess, 1905), de la inglesa Frances Hodgson Burnett, narra las aventuras y desventuras de Sara Crewe, una niña muy especial que vive en la India. Por motivos de trabajo, su padre decide ingresarla en un internado de señoritas de Londres, donde la mayoría de niñas y la malvada señorita Minchin, no se lo pondrán nada fácil. Es por ello que deberá hacer uso de su bien más preciado: la imaginación.

Anteriormente, ya había leído otra novela de esta escritora, 'El jardín se...more
DuniaFriskaIndah
Kembali aku tertarik untuk membaca novel anak-anak yang dikemas dalam bentuk novel remaja dan bisa juga untuk orang tua. Sampai saat ini, aku tidak pernah mempermasalah jenis novel apa yang aku baca, selama buku itu adalah novel dan bagus untuk dibaca, termasuk juga novel karya Frances Hodgson Burnett kali ini.

Cerita A little Princess menjadi cerita yang sebenarnya ‘mirip-mirip’ jalan ceritanya dengan kisah kartun-kartun dan komik-komik remaja yang dulu pernah aku baca. Namun aku akan ceritakan...more
Tina
I can't remember the last time I read A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, but I knew it's been a long time since I did so. It's one of the classics that I knew for sure I read multiple times and loved every single time I did. It wasn't until lately that I felt the need to read it again, perhaps to cleanse my palate from all the intense reads I've had lately.

For those unfamiliar, A Little Princess is the story of Sara Crewe (no h in the book), the daughter of rich, doting father, Captai...more
Becca
I really loved this book. Girls who are dreamers (i.e. Anne Shirley) have always been easy to relate to for me and Sara was a big dreamer. There is such an innocence captured in these pages that it makes me wonder if the author's childhood had any similarities to the story. Beautifully written, elegantly, yet simply told.

Sara's character is strong in a way I've never seen a child be. She is more adult than a lot of adults I know (maybe even including myself). If her version of being a princess w...more
Chris
Things I learned:

I love this book.

Joss Whedon has wonderful taste. (He listed this book as one the five books he would want with him in the event of being stranded on a desert island)

Everyone should be gifted a book this wonderful.

I tend toward the abstract sometimes.

But to be specific. Here is a story like many stories about children in which a child attends a boarding school. In this case the child's name is Sara Crewe, and the boarding school is a seminary run by a Miss Minchin who is, of cou...more
Beth F.
Several months ago, my husband and I were on a 'Take Home Chef' kick and watched an episode on Netflix every evening after the kids were in bed. If you're not familiar with the premise of the show, the chef approaches sole women in a grocery store and offers to cook a meal for them and "someone special". With input from the woman, he then invents a meal plan, shops and pays for groceries, and before taking her home, he'll usually stop at a ritzy home goods store and buy pretty cookware or a serv...more
PurplyCookie
This book was a favorite of mine in my childhood, and, when I returned as an adult to re-read it, I found myself mesmerized once more by the story of Sara Crewe. The charm is still there. "A Little Princess" is one of the most wonderful, most magical books ever to be found in the world of literature--and you don't have to be a little kid to enjoy it.

Sara herself is a lover of books; at one time she found herself fully immersed reading but needed to intervene in the playroom crisis. "People who...more
Dyuti
Oct 04, 2012 Dyuti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All children who love stories
Shelves: children, ebook
Oh what a DELIGHTFUL book! My only regret is that I did not read it earlier as a child... [Mental note: I definitely have to read it aloud to my daughter, if I have one!]

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The Little Princess is the story of a child called Sara who is raised by her father in India. However, as she comes of age, her father sends her to the best boarding school in London, to complete her education. In the beginning, the owner of the school, an evil lady called Miss Minchin, treats her fairly, but only because her fa...more
Carina Mcdonagh
'A Little Princess' is a book I really enjoyed as a child. As a young child I enjoyed the Ladybird version and as I got older I read the full version by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It tell the story of a girl called Sarah who is sent to boarding school in England after living with her soldier father in India. To begin with she has the best of everything as her father provides everything she could ever want. Then her father dies and her unkind head mistress Miss Minchin, who has never liked Sarah, s...more
Belle
This review originally appeared at Belle's Bookshelf

I hate to say it, but I was disappointed with this book.

I should note before I go any further that my opinion was probably doomed from the outset by high expectations, and it was pretty much impossible for me to be fair. Because, you see, while I never read this book as a child, I watched the 1995 movie adaptation obsessively and also enjoyed the 1939 version, PLUS have a special place in my heart for Burnett's The Secret Garden - both the book...more
Anne
I must have read this book about a million times when I was younger. I think what I liked best about it was the descriptions of the clothes and the people and especially the food. I could read the chapter when the Magic happens over and over again.

That said, I can't stop thinking about something a friend of mine once said about why she preferred The Secret Garden to A Little Princess. Mary Lennox, she said, came from India a peevish unpleasant person, and by the end of the book she was a friendl...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.” 694 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.” 352 likes
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