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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess (original 1905; edition 1987)

by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Tasha Tudor (Illustrator)

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Title:A Little Princess
Authors:Frances Hodgson Burnett
Other authors:Tasha Tudor (Illustrator)
Info:HarperTrophy (1987), Paperback, 336 pages
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Tags:Children, Film, England

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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)


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One of my favourite childhood books that I can read even now as an adult! ( )
  Veronica.Sparrow | Nov 15, 2015 |
One of my favourite childhood books that I can read even now as an adult! ( )
  Veronica.Sparrow | Nov 15, 2015 |
I liked this book because of the language and the way the author organized his writing. The language is very descriptive. For example, when Sara was describing Miss.Minchin. "Sara often thought afterward that the house was somehow exactly like Miss. Minchin. It was respectable and well furnished, but everything in it was ugly; " This description set the tone for Sara and Miss. Minchin relationship. I also liked how the author organized his writing. when telling the story he would bring in information from Sara's past and her future. For example, when Sara first met Miss. Minchin she was confused at why Miss. Minchin called her beautiful. " After she had known Miss. Minchin longer she learned why she had said it. She discovered that she said the same thing to each papa and mamma who brought a child to her school." This gives the reader insight on the characters in the story. The main message of the story is to never give up and never stop questioning the world around you. ( )
  Rosalindd | Nov 11, 2015 |
This is a lovely riches to rags to riches story that I have seen in movie form several times. I had never read this lovely book about a little girl who loses everything and yet believes that if she pretends she is a princess, she can rise above the cold and hunger that has become her reality. The ending in the book is different than the one in the movie version. Although this was written as a story for little girls, I believe that adults can enjoy the heartwarming story too.

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  NanaCC | Jul 26, 2015 |
Hmmm…. I never read this as a child, so I don’t have the nostalgia-filter on, and I still liked it quite a lot. The writing is smooth, with some lovely turns of phrase and some charming insights.

Sarah Crewe starts off as the “princess” of her boarding school. Her father is rich and she is doted on with all the latest fashions and toys and her own private rooms and even her own maid. Yet she is not spoiled, she is generous and kind and her true joy comes in learning and imagining. She makes up fantastical stories to entertain the other girls, takes especial care of a young one named Lottie, and sneaks extra bits of food to the poor little scullery girl.

When tragedy strikes, she is left a penniless orphan, reduced to wearing rags, overworked by the school staff who turn cruel - taking out their previous jealousies on her and glorying in her fall from grace. These are her trials, and she struggles to retain her kind and giving nature, to make friends with the rats in the attic and not to give into bitterness, loneliness, cruelty and despair.

I’m a bit amused by all the reviews I’ve been seeing for this book, that either love it or hate it. How can you possibly HATE it? “Sarah” is less a “Mary Sue” and more an archetype, a symbol, a moral lesson for the audience. She is clearly meant to be an ideal, more than she is meant to be a person.

And the lessons found herein, to be kind and generous to those you encounter regardless of their station, to conduct yourself like the kind of person you wish to be (i.e. a princess) and to embrace imagination and wonder in the world around you are all timeless, wise lessons for all of us.

These are true words of wisdom for any child (or adult):

”When people are insulting you, there is nothing so good for them as not to say a word - just to look at them and think. . . . When you will not fly off into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage and, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn’t said afterwards.” (p. 147)

I have to admit it - I loved Sarah, I was emotionally invested throughout the book and I think it is a classic that still has a lot to offer children (or adults!) who are fortunate enough to find a copy of A Little Princess placed in their hands. ( )
  catfantastic | Jul 14, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Frances Hodgson Burnettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Armes, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Betts, Ethel FranklinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Birch, ReginaldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burns, RebeccaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Curiace, GismondeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engelbreit, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardam, JaneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gill, MargeryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Henterly, JamichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Knoepflmacher, U. C.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
López, AnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leishman, VirginiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mah, Adeline YenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Piffard, HaroldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rust, GrahamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tudor, TashaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vielhomme-Callais, PauletteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Once on a dark winter's day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted and the shop windows blazed with gas as they do at night, an odd-looking little girl sat in a cab with her father, and was driven rather slowly through the big thorough-fares.
When people are insulting you, there is nothing so good for them as not to say a word - just look at them and think...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 things they wish they hadn't said afterwards. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in - that's stronger.
Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage.
If Nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that -- warm things, kind things, sweet things -- help and comfort and laughter -- and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.
"Perhaps," she said, "to be able to learn things quickly isn't everything. To be kind is worth a great deal to other people. If Miss Minchin knew everything on earth and was like what she is now, she'd still be a detestable thing, and everybody would hate her. Lots of clever people have done harm and have been wicked. Look at Robespierre -- "
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Sara Crewe, or What Happened At Miss Minchin's, the work on which A Little Princess is based, was first written as a serialized novella. It was published in St. Nicholas Magazine in 1888.
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A kind and wealthy Anglo-Indian girl in a posh British boarding school becomes impoverished after the death of her father and is forced to become a servant at the school, living in an unheated garret, overworked and underfed. Then a mysterious benefactor comes to her rescue.

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A rich little girl
becomes an orphan and slave
but stays positive. (marcusbrutus)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064401871, Paperback)

Generations of children have treasured the story of Sara Crewe, the little girl who imagines shes a princess in order to survive hard times at Miss Minchins London boarding school. Now, this classic novel is available in two beautiful new collectors editions. With Tasha Tudors enchanting black-and-white illustrations, and lovely details like a satin ribbon marker and glorious full-color plates in the hardcover, these new editions of A Little Princess are must-haves for anyone who wants to rediscover the magic of this beloved story.

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Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin's London School, is left in poverty when her father dies, but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor.

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