A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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22 Critic Reviews

It was a sad story but do read the story to find out more if there is a happy ending. I enjoyed this book...
-Guardian

Synopsis

Alone in a new country, wealthy Sara Crewe tries to make friends at boarding school and settle in.

But when she learns that she'll never see her beloved father again, her life is turned upside down. Transformed from princess to pauper, she must swap dancing lessons and luxury for drudgery and a room in the attic. Will she find that kindness and generosity are all the riches she truly needs?

With deeply poignant introduction written by bestselling author of Chinese Cinderella, A Little Princess is one of the twelve wonderful classic stories being relaunched in Puffin Classics in March 2008.

 

About Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote for children and adults, publishing both plays and novels. She was born in Manchester, England, on November 24, 1849. Her father, who owned a furniture store, died when she was only four years old. Her mother struggled to keep the family business running while trying to raise five children. Finally, because of the failing Manchester economy, the family sold the store and immigrated to the United States. In 1865 they settled just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Hoping to offset her family's continuing financial troubles, Burnett began to submit her stories to women's magazines. She was immediately successful. In the late 1860s her stories were published in nearly every popular American magazine. Burnett helped to support her family with income from the sale of her stories, even saving enough to finance a trip back to England, where she stayed for over a year. In 1879, Burnett published her first stories for children; two of her most popular are A Little Princess and The Secret Garden. In contrast to an extremely successful career, Burnett's personal life held many challenges. Her son Lionel was diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 15, from which he never recovered. His death inspired several stories about dead or dying children. Burnett lived her later years on Long Island, New York. She died in 1924.
 
Published March 30, 2004 by Digireads.com. 163 pages
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All: 22 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 3

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Sylvanians on Feb 26 2013

It was a sad story but do read the story to find out more if there is a happy ending. I enjoyed this book...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by AliRae on Sep 14 2011

A Little Princess is a beautiful tale of courage against adversity. It will transport you to Sara's Victorian London and is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and fall in love with its magic.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Sylvanians on Feb 26 2013

It was a sad story but do read the story to find out more if there is a happy ending.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by AliRae on Sep 14 2011

A Little Princess is a beautiful tale of courage against adversity. It will transport you to Sara's Victorian London and is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and fall in love with its magic.

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Suite 101

Above average
Reviewed by Chris Saliba on Feb 03 2011

No matter how much you know the plot is contrived, when this part of the novel comes around you can't wait to see certain characters get their just deserts. So despite some of the faults of the novel, it is very emotionally satisfying. Sara Crewe is so cute and her little world of dolls and fanciful dreams is very appealing.

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Historical Novel Society

Above average
on Apr 23 2015

The Edwardian upstairs-downstairs world depicted in this well-loved children’s classic has long gone; even so, I think it would still appeal to an imaginative little girl.

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A Book and a Hug

Good
on Apr 08 2015

Sara Crewe is an unforgettable heroine whose spirit, loving heart, and resolve to never give up render her a role model worthy of knowing.

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Reading Lark

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Sep 04 2014

Sara helped me learn to stand up to mean girls and to never stop believing in myself. My favorite memories of this story were the moments in the attic with Sara and Becky.

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Things Mean a Lot

Good
Reviewed by Ana S on Aug 19 2010

Lest all my picking apart give you the wrong impression (as nerdy as it sounds, this actually is my idea of bookish fun), let me say again that I really loved this book – much more so than The Secret Garden, though I did like that one well enough. But A Little Princess was even more charming...

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Jules' Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Jules on Aug 11 2008

Sara is one of those character's you'll remember. And that makes this book worth reading (on top of the story of course)

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Rebecca Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on Sep 06 2012

All that said, as an adult, I found Sara annoyingly too good. I am afraid I am like Miss Minchin: someone so “perfect” would have driven me nuts...However, even with those inherent feelings of “Oh gag me. No one is like this!”, I still can’t wait to read it to my little girl, when she gets a little older.

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You've GOTTA Read This

Above average
Reviewed by Sandy on Dec 17 2009

So this is a perfect example of how the movie can ruin the book. If you've never experienced either, I think you will love the book. If you've seen the movie first, just be prepared for a whole different plot, and proceed with caution and no expectations!

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Chaotic Compendiums

Good
Reviewed by Caitlin Martin on Dec 02 2010

This book was a favorite of my childhood and a huge comfort to me in a time of uncertainty. It remains a favorite.

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Good
on Apr 30 2014

This is a story every girl should read. Sara Crewe is a lovely, bright girl who has lived with her father, Captain Crewe, in India. Her father is a widower. His career has been very successful, so they are rich, and little Sara has everything she could wish for and more.

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It's Time to Read

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Jun 08 2010

This is a great read. I find that I love Frances Hodgson Burnett and the stories he conjures up. He jumps right into my imagination and I am transported to another world. A Little Princess has love, warmth, hardship, poverty and happiness, it is a real delight to read.

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Darlene's Book Nook

Excellent
Reviewed by Darlene on May 22 2011

This book is a treasure. This book teaches the values that I want my girls to have. This is a classic to keep and read again!

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Pages Unbound

Good
Reviewed by Krysta on May 01 2014

While meeting the cast of characters is fun, it is the message of the story that truly makes A Little Princess a heartwarming tale.

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Books 4 Your Kids

Good
Reviewed by Tanya on Oct 14 2011

...I can think of no better reason to read this book to your child or give it to her...to discover on her own what a real princess behaves like!

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The Allure of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Allison on Jul 17 2011

Even though this is a classic book with no real fantasy or paranormal aspects, this book is a fairy tale of the best kind. If you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should! Escape into Sara’s world where nothing is so bad that it cannot be imagined away.

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Belle's Bookshelf

Above average
on Jul 03 2011

Of course, it wasn't awful - there's still the magic and whimsy there, and the story itself is enchanting. But with such an archetypal heroine, what should have been just my cup of tea was way too sweet for my tastes.

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My Life is a Notebook

Above average
Reviewed by Gretchen on Sep 27 2013

All in all, I expected to hate this book more than I did. The English major in me could go on for a while, but I’m just going to keep it at that so I don’t bore you. This is my reader-ish impression, and it stands by the fact that this is yet another classic that might be worth a shot if you want to get it free on your Kindle.

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Desperate Reader

Above average
Reviewed by Desperate Reader on Jan 24 2013

I really like the idea that she gets her independence, that she intends to use it for philanthropic purposes is also pleasing - she's a splendid role modal.

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