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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, Penguin Classics, 242 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Penguin Books (first published 1905)
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Winterfae *spiro, spero* At four years old, Lottie is the youngest girl in Miss Minchin's seminary. Like the protagonist, Sara, Lottie has no mother. A spoiled child, she's…moreAt four years old, Lottie is the youngest girl in Miss Minchin's seminary. Like the protagonist, Sara, Lottie has no mother. A spoiled child, she's given to tantrums. Sara was the only person able to soothe her in the middle of one of Lottie's screaming fits, and since then became an adopted sort of mother to Lottie, who ever afterward followed her around.(less)
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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!!
Apr 24, 2008 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
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
Lola  Reviewer

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
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
I managed to write an almost-full review of this book. It is here!:
I can't believe I'm saying this, but...the movie really was a better story.

Maybe I'll go watch that for the millionth time.

This book pales in comparison to The Secret Garden, but it was still good. Hard to make an über-wealthy seven-year-old seem great, but this book does it. (Burnett KILLS it with the unlikable characters!) I liked the first half better than the
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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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
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
Jul 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Magrat Ajostiernos
Casi parece un retelling de 'La cenicienta' y sin duda tiene todo ese halo de cuento de hadas ambientado en la Inglaterra victoriana, no puedo pedir más.... ♥
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
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 *
Feb 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Ένα βιβλίο που θα έπρεπε να διαβάσουμε όλοι. Υπέροχο!
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
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
Kellyn Roth
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books as a child. I didn't like it as much as "A Secret Garden," but it's still an amazing read.
What a beautiful and magical classic! I saw the movie years ago and it made me cry (Mrs. Minchin was so mean!) but the book is just as special and lovely. There are few young heroines as inspiring as Sara Crewe, and to read her story is very moving.

“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’re still princesses.”

This old story about a young girl who goes from riches-to-rages has manag
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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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
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
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE

Seriously, I recommend this whether you are old or young. Sarah was a wonderful, admirable, heroine and I adored how she held on to her identity and showed kindness and love to others no matter how bad her own situation was. She even continued to be generous when she herself had almost nothing to give. Even when she got mad, or scared, she didn’t let
Mayra Sigwalt


PS: é diferente do filme q nesse aspecto foi Mil vezes melhor.
Tarinee Prasad
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"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
Jan 21, 2017 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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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.” 967 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.” 498 likes
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