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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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Sara Crewe gets dropped off at a boarding school in London by her very wealthy father. The Headmistress, Miss Minchin acts nice to Sara but is secretly jealous of her wealth. While Sara's dad is away he dies of jungle fever and his business partner is missing. Sara is left with nothing. Miss Minchin makes Sara live with Becky, a servant girl who lives in the servant quarters. Becky and Sara become good friends. Then Tom Carrisford move in next door and starts leaving presents for Sara and Becky. Sara becomes intrigued with this man because he is from India and they grow closer. In the end they find out that Sara is his business partners daughter and he takes her in to live with him, his servant, and his monkey. Becky also comes along and Sara has all of her money restored to her. ( )
  Colbi | Mar 17, 2014 |
Why did I read this? I'm not a girl. I'm not eight years old. I'm not living in the turn of the century.

Well, I decided to read a little young adult fiction aimed at females, just to see what it was like. I'd just read "Jungle Book" and "Just So Stories", so I wanted to see how the other half lives. It apparently lives in a great deal of warm and fluffy feelings. Burnett must have been a genius to stretch this story out as long as she did. Talk about your Mary Sues.

The "little princess" in question is a precocious girl from a colorful background traveling in mysterious India, who's dropped off at a girl's school. Everyone loves her, except for the trunchbull Miss Minchin. She spends half the time being the Jesus-figure for her obnoxious spoiled classmates, and the other half being a poor ragamuffin once her fortune's lost and she's relegated to scullery-maid (what is a scullery? And are they so dirty they need maids?). Then she uses her *imagination* (sparklies!) to rise above her poverty and remain a "princess".

Anyway, I got an interesting glimpse of female characters during this time, and what they were into. Good thing we got out of that era. ( )
  theWallflower | Feb 24, 2014 |
A beautiful book. I liked how she was able to stay in touch with the princess inside her to overcome her anger and frustration with her situation. I liked it even more this time through. Though as an adult I was reminded of Job. When her fortunes were restored to her, it didn't really make up for the loss of her father. Like Pollyanna, I think Sara Crewe is a person to try to emulate. They are certainly more successful with their strategies than I am, but I keep trying. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
This is a wonderful book to share in a classroom setting. It shows the courage of a father and his daughter. Sara's father shows courage because he is giving Sara strength to go through this, he is telling her to be brave even if she doesn't like the idea of being alone. When Sara "loses" her father she too has to have courage to go on with her life alone despite everything she now has to endure. If she had to be courageous before, now she has no choice. What I love mostly about this book is the fact that Sara doesn't give up on her dreams, hope and desires. Despite being so young, and having everything taken away from her, she still manages to cling onto her imagination and memories. That is something that no one can take away from her and she uses that to keep moving on with her life.
  mariasegoviano | Feb 11, 2014 |
I simply love it. I declare Frances Hodgson Burnett my favorite classic writer - it all started with The Secret Garden back in the '80s and now I can say she definitely is (!) having completed a second book by her. Love it, love it, love it; there is always light at the end of the tunnel! ( )
  lmeza | Feb 6, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Frances Hodgson Burnettprimary authorall 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
Knoepflmacher, U. C.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
López, AnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leishman, VirginiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mah, Adeline YenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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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