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Little Princess

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  159,517 ratings  ·  3,827 reviews
This magical story transports you to the streets of London as motherless Sarah Crewe is forced to attend Miss Minchin's Seminary, while her father, a British officer, traveled abroad for his work. Suddenly, her wealth, charm and dignity are tested and she must rely on the lessons once taught by her father -- every girl is a princess, rich or poor.
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Published May 1st 2002 by Naxos Audiobooks (first published 1905)
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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

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.


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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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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
Beth Sniffs 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
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
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
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
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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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
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


"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
Thy Ngân
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
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.
This story is about poor little princess. There was a young girl who has a rich father her name is Sara Crewe. That family lived very happily. One day, Sara and her father arrived in London but her father stayed in London just for a week because he has to find the diamond. When her father Mr Crewe left London he and Sara were very sad. But soon Sara made her new friends from school she feel lonely less than before. The other day Sara knowed that her father Mr Crewe is dead, Sara was frustrated ...more
Aya Hesham
!كيف أثرت هذه القصة، بتفاصيلها، على طفولتي هو ما أعجز عن وصفه بالكلمات
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'
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
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
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
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
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
Sophie (The Uneducated Reader) Aylmore
Lovely. I did find I had to force myself to finish this one, which I was not expecting from a kids book, the story is just so familiar I was just like; yeahyeah hurry up and end already. Still lovely though!
Ay, qué libro tan bonito. Puede que al final incluso me emocionara un poquito.
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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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“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.” 776 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.” 398 likes
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