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Sara, die kleine Prinzessin

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  204,210 Ratings  ·  4,886 Reviews
Sara Crewe's young but doting father sends her to a London boarding school when she is seven. On her eleventh birthday her life of luxury comes to an abrupt end when she receives news that her father has died, shortly after losing his entire fortune. The school-mistress turns Sara into a servant to pay off her debts, and though Sara uses the entire force of her imagination ...more
205 pages
Published 2008 by Dtv (first published 1902)
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Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
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
Apr 24, 2008 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
Stephanie
All of the stars for a favorite Children's classic!!!

I loved this book as a child! I have several copies -- at minimum: the dog-eared paperback from when I was a girl, a wonderful antique hardcover, and the Kindle version. I have wanted to reread A Little Princess since I joined GR in 2014. Today, I borrowed an audio version from Hoopla on a whim -- after recently seeing another reading buddy doing rereads of childhood favorites. I am so glad that I read it again!!! Unlike some other childhood
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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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Maureen
Jul 20, 2016 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #3 for #booktubeathon is DONE!

I finished this audiobook on the way to work this morning and MAN do I love this story. I've loved the movie for a long time and I loved this book just as much, although the endings and elements of the story were different. Sarah is such a fantastically beautiful character with such a big heart for others. I loved reading about her adventures and how she continued to have the attitude of a princess, regardless of her circumstances.
JUST A GREAT CHILDREN'S BOOK,
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Khadidja
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett is the story of a little girl "Sara" whose father’s bankruptcy and death leave her impoverished, alone, and at the mercy of the evil Miss Minchin, i didn't read the book when i was a child but i loved the animation adaptation of Burnett’s book. when I did read it! Meeting the real Sara for the first time it was a completely different experience for me, It makes me feel really old :(




“Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from lo
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Celeste
Full review now posted!

A buddy read with my friend Missy!

Some books don’t hold up well over time. Others improve with every reading. This is a book that is firmly in the latter category for me. I liked this book a lot when I was a child. I love it as an adult. Maybe I’ve grown to adore this book because, as I age, the premise of the book and the lessons it teaches strike my heart harder. I’ve never experienced highs quite as high as those Sara Crewe experiences, and I’ve never suffered through l
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Carol
The Hook - My GR friend Stephanie loved this story as a child. Stephanie owns many editions of her beloved book and her re-reads of this have not disappointed her. Honestly I had never heard of it. I have read A Secret Garden and wondered why A Little Princess never made my childhood reading. I would have loved to have this read out loud to me at that age. Stephanie did suggest an audio version available on Hoopla. I may listen to a bit of this but decided to just take the plunge and found an ed ...more
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
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
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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Ellen
Nov 11, 2009 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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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
AMEERA
Aug 03, 2016 AMEERA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a princess
all girls are
even if they live in tiny old attics
even if they dress in rags
even if they aren't pretty or smart or young
they still princesses all of us
didn't your father ever tell you that ?
didn't he ??
* I think I loved this book more than the secret garden *
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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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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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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Amy (shoutame)
My second Frances Hodgson Burnett book of the year and it was wonderful.

We follow the story of Sara as she lives in an English boarding school whilst her Father is working in India. Sara has everything she could ever ask for, her Father wouldn't want her to go without - but when the school gets news that her Father has passed away Sara's happy life takes a turn for the worse. Forced to work as a maid and sent to live in the attic Sara can't see things getting any better - but some unexpected hel
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*


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.
Isabela
Jan 21, 2017 Isabela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2017, owned
5 stars

The 'A Little Princess' movie was my favorite movie as a kid - well, maybe in my top 2 together with 'The Secret Garden', so I guess you can say I'm a huge fan of Frances Hodgson Burnett's stories. However, even though I've watched the 'Little Princess' movie a hundred times, for some reason I never tried the book. I finally did it this month, and I'm so happy I did.

There are some differences between the movie and the book - some BIG differences actually - but even so reading the book
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Tarinee
Jan 08, 2017 Tarinee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-52
"I believe ,I hold
that your smile will keep me afloat
I hold ,I hold
tighter I hold
until your next smile !"


what a delightful book !

(I will definitely read this book to my daughter ,if I have one )

I love the message this book had to offer :

"I am a princess .All girls are. even if they live in tiny old attics.
even if they dress in rags ,even if they aren't pretty or smart or young. They are still princesses, all of us are.
didn't your father ever tell you that ?
didn't he ??"


princesses is not abou
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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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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 25, 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
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
Chloe
Mar 04, 2017 Chloe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“If Sara had been a boy and lived a few centuries ago, her father used to say, 'she would have gone about the country with her sword drawn, rescuing and defending everyone in distress. She always wants to fight when she sees people in trouble.”

Never has there been a little girl so remarkable as Sara Crewe. This story always meant a lot to me as a lover of the movie as a child, and it's only now that I've read the book. It's beautiful, it's moving, and it's important. ALL GIRLS DESERVE HAPPINESS
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Tisha
Jan 19, 2017 Tisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have always enjoyed classics and this one is a very well written classic that I had to love! Such a heartwarming book about a humble little girl dealing with cruel reality after her father's death. Beautiful!
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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.” 946 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.” 479 likes
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