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Frances Hodgson Burnett's enduring tale, brought to life in a new book-plus-audio edition.
In one of the best-loved classic tales for children, Sara Crewe is sent to England to attend Miss Minchin's boarding school for girls. Her time there starts wonderfully as she is treated just like a princess. Unfortunately it is because Miss Minchin is hoping to gain a piece of Sara'
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Paperback, 278 pages
Published April 7th 2004 by BookSurge Classics (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!!
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
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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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Lisa
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Maureen
Jul 20, 2016 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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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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Piya
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“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 sometimes
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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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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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Dannii Elle
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Charlotte May
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, classics
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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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.... ♥
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, unfinished
"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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AMEERA
Aug 03, 2016 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 *
Leah Craig
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
One of my favorite books in the world. Such a great movie, too. I miss being 8 years old.
Ellen
Nov 11, 2009 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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Raya راية
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أنا قصة إنسان
أنا جرح الزمان
أنا سالي سالي



هذا المقطع الذي انحفر في ذاكرة ملايين الأطفال الذين تابعوا المسلسل الكرتوني الشهير "سالي"
المأخوذ عن رواية "الأميرة الصغيرة" لفرانسيس هودسون برنيت، ولكن باسم "سارة كرو".

كنا نحب سالي جدًا، ونتعاطف معها بشدة، وكم بكينا وتأثرنا لما مرّ بها من مآسٍ عديدة! وددنا لو استطعنا مساعدتها! أحببنا ڤيكي الطيبة، وإيرمنجارد اللطيفث المسكينة، ولوتي الصغيرة. وكم كرهنا الآنسة منشن الشريرة القاسية التي لم ترأف لحال الطفلة المسكينة! ولاڤينا القاسية أيضًا! وكرهنا كل شخص تسبب
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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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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
Maria
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Ένα βιβλίο που θα έπρεπε να διαβάσουμε όλοι. Υπέροχο!
Avinash
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mysteries and complexities have their own charm but sometimes the simplest stories are the nicest :D So are the people :)

"Simply Heartwarming" ALWAYS

P.S. Thanks Missee Shahib for joining in; and enduring the grumpiness :/ :/
Mario
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, own-read
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.


Truly an extraordinary story.

Before starting this novel, I expected it to be a simple and short story that I would quickly go through. And I did. However
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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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WhatIReallyRead
UNPOPULAR OPINION TIME. Sorry folks.

Meet the characters:

Sara aka the Little Princess is described as (and I'm only using words specifically written 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 speak
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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.” 982 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.” 507 likes
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