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A Little Princess

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  4,013 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Following Sterling's spectacularly successful launch of its children's classic novels (240,000 books in print to date),comes a dazzling new series: Classic Starts. The stories are abridged; the quality is complete. Classic Starts treats the world's beloved tales (and children) with the respect they deserve--all at an incomparable price.
Poor Sara Crewe. Once upon a time her
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Sterling
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Tessa H
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, "A Little Princess" will always have a special place in my heart. I understand that it is quite short considering my Lexile level, but I have loved this book my entire life and really wanted to read it again. The story is about a little girl named Sara Crewe who comes to a boarding school because her father is going off to fight in World War One. She is originally very wealthy and all the girls in the school are extremely jealous of her, but then her father goes missing and she is for ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was only familiar with the Shirley Temple version of this story and was pleased to finally read a version of the original Burnett book. I picked up this lovely hardbound copy at my Friends of the Library book sale, which I will donate to Better World Books.

Sara Crewe is living in Miss Minchin's boarding school while her father goes on a business trip to India. There, he contracts brain fever and dies, leaving Sara orphaned and at the mercy of Miss Minchin, a shrewd shrew drawn to perfection. S
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I could not find a copy of the original Frances Hodgson Burnett novel anywhere, but this children's adaptation was a good substitute/summary.

A friend told me to read this story and pay attention to Sara. No matter what anyone said to her, how badly she was treated, or how awful her circumstances were, Sara knew who she was. She knew that she was valuable; she rested in her identity as a princess. She felt despair, and she had moments of imperfection, but it made her human. Her gentle strength a
Madeline Flowers
The ook I'm reading is acctually longer. I coulldn't find the right title. But this is an amazing book and Definatly worth reading.
Sar San
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was shocking to learn that a rich lovely and kind girl suddenly became poor after her dad decided to suicide because of debt. She was badly treated at school where she once’s was regarded as a princess. There were more cruel consequences happening to her. Let’s explore it!
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This adaptation faithfully captures the classic story for elementary (or adults short on time) readers. This is not a highly layered or nuanced treatment, but children will be familiar with the story line and character development, as well as able to determine if the full length original is of interest.

Most of the editing made sense to me, but I'm still troubled as to why they changed the rug from red to blue, but left the rose colored lamp, rose colored? It's the little things that niggle at yo
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
Finished this on audio. I listened to this sometimes sad, but heartwarming story with my daughter. Highly recommend book and audio. Narrator for book on CD is great!
Kiran Galsinh
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sara Crew is a very spoiled girl because she is all her father has. He will do anything for her. But just because Sara is spoiled doesn't mean she lets it get in the way of kindness. Her father is a British soldier and he had to leave so he put Sara into a boarding school for girls, a place where her mother used to go to. At first the mistress is nice but when her father leaves things change. Miss Minchin is hostile towards Sara but contains most of it because Sara makes her school look good. On ...more
Anna Gille
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This book is about a girl that is named Sara. She is 7 in the beginning, but for most of the time, she is 11. She is spoiled by her father Captain Crewe, and he always treats Sara like a princess. Then Sara is sent to a boarding school, because her dad has to go and fight in world war one. She doesn't remember a thing about her mom though because her mother died when Sara was just 2. Sara is a happy little girl who believes in magic and has a huge imagination. When she is at the boarding school,
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents with little kids; Beginning readers; Everybody at least once
Recommended to Anelya by: My Mom?
The Classic Starts version of "A Little Princess" is a book I've read for absolute years. I have no idea when it came into my life, but I know, as a little girl, I read it over and over. I identified so strongly with the main character, Sara, and aspired to be as similar to her as I could be. I suppose she was my Disney Princess.

The tragic, yet magic, tale of Sara Crewe, a little girl who loses her father and her fortune and is forced to work for an awful headmistress as a servant girl is time-h
Jeeyeon Kang
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
I choose this book because my mom brought it one day for me to read saying that she read it when she was little. This story is about a little girl who had to live in a all girls house because her father couldn't take care of her. But her life changes when her father dies and cant pay her rent fess. In the house she lives as a princess but she becomes a slave after her father died. My favorite quote in the book is "Oh no, I left you sleeping because you looked so tired". This showed how she cared ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because it is a timeless classic.This book is about a girl, named Sara Crewe, who is the daughter of a wealthy captain. He is called to join the war and when he is reported dead, she must go to a dreadful school called miss Minchin's school For Girls.I don't really have a favorite quote from this book, but my favorite part of this book is when Sara by calms Lottie down by telling her a story.The author's writing style is written through the characters of the book.I would recom ...more
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: princesses, favorites
I love this book. And I love Sara. Even though, her dad gives such nice things, what really makes her special is her character. She is so kind, and is always concerned for others. In addition, she has such good imagination and believes in herself. Even when times get hard and she has to work as a servant girl and lived in an old attic.

I also like how in the back of the book, there are discussion questions that you can think about after you finishing read it.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book to my kids without remembering the story. My 8 and 6 year-olds really liked it!It changed my daughter's way of thinking. After we finished, she went through her clothes and toys and wants to give them away to kids who don't have much. Love her.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've always loved this story and enjoyed it even more reading it along with my little girl. Such a sweet story!
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was nine. Needless to say, I was mesmerized by it and it became my favourite. The book is a must read for everyone, the age doesn't matter. It teaches us so much: caring for the little things, being proud of yourself, always being kind and never letting anyone's cruel words get to you and to continue fighting. Sara Crewe might seem like an unrealistic character, but she is all that we should aspire to be. How even after her world is turned upside down, she is forced into ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my FAVORITE books growing up! I am now a seventh grade Language Arts teacher and I require that my students read 20 books during the school year of various genres. Since I require that of my students, I also read at least 20 books during the school year. I chose to re-read this book to satisfy my traditional literature requirement.
I have a very vivid imagination and I escaped the unhappy bits of my childhood by using my imagination. I love how the main character in this novel doe
Audra Young
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sara Crewe was conceded a clever child where she attended a boarding school run by Miss Minchin. Other girls at the school liked Sara but there was some that did not. She had the finest of everything. Sara is like a real child that likes to make up stories and play with her dolls but thought of her father often. Sara’s father made sure she had the finest of everything. Word came that Sara father had died and was broke. Miss Minchin made her a servant but Sara continued to be too kind to all, eve ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Little Princess is the story of a girl named Sarah that even though she is rich she is not spoiled. She makes believe and tells stories to all her friends at the boarding school she attends. One day news comes that all her money is gone and her life drastically changes. Suddenly she is poor and doesn't know if she can make believe anymore.
Chan Enya
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a student at Miss Minchin's school for young ladies, Sara Crewe is loved and respected, until one day a tragic event turns her whole life-side down.forced olive in poverty and work as servant for the girls she used to call her friends, Sara must find a way to hold onto the life once she knew ...even if it is just make-believe.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is my second time reading this story and it was just as great as the first time, this is a retold story so the words are more modern then what I remember the original to be but considering this is a children's book that is a good thing.
Beryl Weng
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I felt sorry for what Sara suffered, but also proud of her that no matter how hard the life is she never give up and always a kind,sweety, brave girl.
Greta Slabach
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the abridged version of this book because of the pictures and because this was the one I read as a child. I have such wonderful and amazing memories with this book.
Medha Balani
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good book for beginners. English is quite easy to understand.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Timeless!!! Read it in the car while traveling to Banglore..... Was hooked to it. A must read for all!!!
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It really Sad for Sarah getting mistreated
And I hope miss Minchin get her punishment
Brandin Titanich
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
It was so beautiful.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A delightful story told in an abbreviated form.
Ava Bird
Wait a minute. Wait a minute....... this is Cinderella
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