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A Little Princess

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  145,726 ratings  ·  3,520 reviews
Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl's fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one o ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Penguin Classics (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
Lola
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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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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
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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
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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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
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
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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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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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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
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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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Meg J.
Sep 19, 2007 Meg J. rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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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.
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Leedayoon
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
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'
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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
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
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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
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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!
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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.” 727 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.” 372 likes
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