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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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Fiona Curtis Any age. I read it first as a seventeen year old and loved it. A child would love it because it has some very clear themes and a beautiful story, but …moreAny age. I read it first as a seventeen year old and loved it. A child would love it because it has some very clear themes and a beautiful story, but adults would enjoy it too because there are also some more sophisticated aspects.(less)
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 gi…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 (Hailey in Bookland)
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 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
Ruby Granger
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: convenience
My favourite book of all time.
WhatIReallyRead
UNPOPULAR OPINION TIME. Sorry folks.

Meet the characters:

Sara aka the Little Princess is described as (and I'm only using words written explicitly in the book): thin, pale, with striking green eyes too big for her face (now I know where so many YA heroine's descriptions come from LOL), clever, good, serious, quick at her lessons, proud, brave, generous, hospitable, unconquerable, amiable, good-tempered, having good manners. She speaks fluent French, though she'd never learned it. She also speaks
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Lisa
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
"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."

Much can be said about the improbabilities in the plot, about the desperate sentimentality and caricature of Victorian England's boarding school system. It doesn't matter.

To me, Sarah Crewe will always remain a symbol for
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Ahmad Sharabiani
A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess is a children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, first published as a book in 1905.

Captain Crewe, a wealthy English widower, has been raising his only child, Sara, in India where he is stationed with the British Army. Because the Indian climate is considered too harsh for children, British families living there traditionally send their children to boarding school back home in England.

The captain enrolls his young daughter at Miss Mi
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JimZ
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last week I read a novel Maud Martha and wondered as I was reading it, and when done, where I was for all of these years and never heard of that book prior to being on Goodreads. Today as I was reading this book the exact same question popped into my head. I guess better late than never. 😉

This book came out in serial form in 1888 in St. Nicholas Magazine, a popular American monthly publication designed for children. Imagine being a child back in the day and reading these chapters and coming to t
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Calista
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: magical realism
One of my favorite books of all time.

Okay, this needs an update. I love magical realism and as far as I can tell, this is one of the first books that I read about magical realism. This book moved me so much. The world seems to crumble around the 'little princess', but she keeps her hope that things are better with story and imagination, no matter the real world. She uplifts those girls around her.

She is left at a boarding school for girls while her father goes to be in a war. He sets her up wit
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Piya
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

“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.”

What an adorable, heartwarming little book !! I believe this is the second classic that I have read ever( yeah, not a huge fan of classics :-|).The plot is a very simple one .But, as an old wise man once stated “Mysteries and complexities have their own charm but sometim
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Tharindu Dissanayake
"When one was sitting by a warm fire in a big, glowing room, it was quite delightful to hear how cold it could be in an attic."

This might be commonly classified as a children's book, but I absolutely loved it. The story is give your a blast of all kinds of emotions throughout the story, and how the protagonist, Sarah Crewe faces and reacts to each of them in quite a wonderful way. The way how each supporting character complements the story is excellent, and adds much impact.

' “You see, I know wh
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Maureen
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.
JUST A GREAT CHILDREN'S BOOK,
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emma
I managed to write an almost-full review of this book. It is here!: https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...
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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
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Charlotte May
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, childrens
This was actually really nice. An uplifting tale, where the heroine wins out and the villain fails (screw you Miss Minchen!)
Sara Crewe is a well off young lady, whose father sends her to a boarding school in London so she can be educated.
Despite her upbringing being given her every hearts desire, Sara doesn't act like a brat. She shares what she has with the other girls - apart from two awful jealous ones. (There's always a vindictive girl and her sidekick).
So when her father dies suddenly ha
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Clumsy Storyteller
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
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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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Catherine
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, made-me-cry
My heart is so full after reading this. Years ago, I got the movie A Little Princess for my birthday. I had never heard anything about it before, but little did I know that I would break the DVD player watching it so many times. Like the movie, the book is beautiful. There really is no other word that can accurately describe it.

I've never felt as connected to a protagonist as I did to Sara. This little girl had the biggest, most generous heart and no matter how bad her situation got, her charac
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~Jo~
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was just what I needed. This book was beautifully heart-warming, and I must confess, my heart is most certainly warmed. I remember loving the film of "A little Princess" many years ago, and it has remained a firm favourite with me. Even though the story in the film is slightly different to the original book, I enjoyed both, in a similar way. Actually, I now have a distinct urge to go and watch the film!

"If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to
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Diane
I've been in a reading slump for a while, and picking up this beloved childhood book helped lift my spirits.

Sara Crewe is one of my all-time favorite characters from literature. She's clever, compassionate and very brave. I have always liked this early description of Sara, when her father takes her to a boarding school in London:


"I am not in the least anxious about her education," Captain Crewe said, with his gay laugh, as he held Sara's hand and patted it. "The difficulty will be to keep her fr
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Saadia B. ||  CritiConscience
Short story about a little girl named Sara aged 7 who used to live with her father in India. Father being concerned of her education, decides to send her to a boarding school in London. There she lives in luxury than other pupils and everyone was envied because of her intelligence and luxurious lifestyle. However her father, Captain Crewe dies from a high fever, leaving Sara penniless. He had put all his money in the diamond mines business along with his friend, who went missing after seeing som ...more
Dannii Elle
The movie adaptation of this book was my beloved, childhood favourite, yet, for some reason, I had never read the book. I was pleasantly surprised to find how accurate my favourite film was to the classic text it originated from.

I find it odd how I adored this story so, when my favourite childhood read was Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. I loved the former for the pure-hearted and eternally kind protagonist and adored the latter for the unlikable, cross and bad-tempered one. The two
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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
Manybooks
Now as much as Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess is and remains both a childhood and adulthood favourite, in some if not actually many ways, Sara Crewe and her entire demeanour do at times appear as being simply and frustratingly just a bit too good to be true. And while I have indeed always liked Sara's story tremendously, I also must admit that I 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 Em ...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
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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
Kerri
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'She liked books more than anything else...'

Alongside The Secret Garden, A Little Princess is one of my favourite books. One of those ones where every page seems to resonate completely, and one that I've read so many times that I've lost count. It has never lost its magic.

Sara Crewe is one of the characters I hold most dear, out of all the books I've ever read, she is one of the few that seems to have maintained a permanent residence in my heart and mind. I identified fiercely with her as child
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Holly
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one! I thought it was very uplifting, and I loved the message behind it. I would definitely recommend this book to people of all ages.
Sara
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into A Little Princess with a small amount of backstory - I’d loved the 1995 film as a child (the protagonist is called Sara...I’m called Sara...it was a given I’d love it) so I had some idea of the plot and characters. However, I had no idea just how much I would be affected by the story. By the last 50 pages, I was sobbing.

A Little Princess is the story of Sara Crewe, who has arrived in London after a privileged life in India as the daughter of Captain Crewe, to start her education at
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Reading_ Tamishly
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
"She liked books more than anything else, and was, in fact, always inventing stories of beautiful things and telling them to herself."

This book tells the story of a seven year old girl, Sara, whose father got posted in a faraway place and she had to stay in a seminary.

And this is the best description of Sara so far as the story goes at the beginning of the book:

"Her young mother had died, and as the child had been treated like a favorite doll or a very spoiled pet monkey or lap dog ever since th
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Miranda Reads
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sara Crewe is a young pupil at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies and it is clear from the start that she is favored.

Of course she is - she's absolutely loaded. A private room, custom gowns, more toys than what she could ever play with.

The teachers resent her and the other students envy her.

And yet...and yet...Sara is the kindest soul of them all. Always quick to lend a hand or provide guidance or comfort the younger ones.

And (of course) her actions do nothing but stir the pot of h
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Ashley Daviau
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is very near and dear to my heart. I grew up watching the movie on repeat and when I found out it was a book as a teen, I was ecstatic. And the story only grows better with age for me. Something about it just speaks to my heart and it makes me incredibly happy. I do have to admit though, this is one of the very rare cases where I enjoy the movie more than the book. I think that may be just a case of childhood nostalgia though, I was absolutely enthralled by that movie!
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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.” 1082 likes
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