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A Little Princess

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

22 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

Lovely Classic- Girls will love it!

A Little Princess, originally written by Frances Hodgson Burnett about a century ago is a classic, that girls of all ages will simply adore. A Little Princess tells the story of young, clever Sara Crewe, who arrives in England with her father from India, in order to att...
A Little Princess, originally written by Frances Hodgson Burnett about a century ago is a classic, that girls of all ages will simply adore. A Little Princess tells the story of young, clever Sara Crewe, who arrives in England with her father from India, in order to attend Miss Minchin's School for Girls, which is a boarding school. At the school, Sara is richer than all the other girls and her room is filled with finery the other girls don't have. She even has her own maid, Mariette! She also becomes the smartest girl in school, which causes another girl, Lavinia Herbert, to hate Sara out of jealousy. But instead of being spoiled or bragging about her smarts, Sara compliments others on their own talents and strengths, and is not spoiled at all, but nice, and tries to help others in need. Sara even befriends a poor fourteen-year old scullery maid, Becky, and sara also tels stories to the other girls. She wins many friends, and soon the whole school, including mean, cranky Miss Minchin are calling Sara "princess". Soon, four years pass by at the school, and Sara is now ce;ebrating her eleventh birthday. But before the celebrating can begin, Miss Minchin is called to her office. Miss Minchin learns that Sara's father has died and he hadn't left any money to Sara, because he had lost all his money. Furious on everything she had spent for Sara's sake, Miss Minchin cacels the party and forces Sara to dress in rags and become a scullery maid, like Becky, nad luve in the attic. Sara now has to work very hard, and is very lonely. But when it seemed like Sara had lost everything, an unexpected twist of events come up, and Sara finds true happiness at last. I think this is an educational and entertaining classic for girls, since we can relate to it so well. Any girl out there who is looking for a classic to read, I highly recommend A Little Princess. It certainly deserves five stars! Thank you Frances Hodgson Burnett for such a wonderful and inspiring tale!

posted by CheesyPrincess on July 12, 2011

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Good book for kids

this is a very good book for small children. I read the book to my daughter almost every night and she loves it.This book help brings on the imagination of little children around the globe.If you dont want to read it, consider watching the movie,its pretty good too.

posted by Anonymous on January 10, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2003

    Good book for kids

    this is a very good book for small children. I read the book to my daughter almost every night and she loves it.This book help brings on the imagination of little children around the globe.If you dont want to read it, consider watching the movie,its pretty good too.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2008

    An amazing book

    A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnet was a fantastic fiction book. I loved it because it really made me stop and think about everything I was reading. The characters were all very well developed and it was written so well that I was able to understand everything that was going on. New drama was starting after every chapter. <BR/>A Little Princess is set in London, England during the early 1900s. The protagonist, Sara Crewe, lost her father when she was in a boarding school and was forced to live in an attic. She could not decide what to do with herself or if she could run away. At the beginning of the story, Sara¿s father dropped her at a boarding school in England. She was treated like a princess because she came from a wealthy family. On her eleventh birthday, she receives the news of her father¿s death and loses everything. The headmistress of the school forces her to live in the attic and become a servant. While she is a servant, she has to make do with what she has. Frances Hodgson Burnet used extremely descriptive and sophisticated language in this book. She described her characters very well. <BR/>I would recommend this book to any girl who lost a parent or someone very important to them. They might benefit from reading this because they might be able to learn how to handle their situation.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Tht is awesime

    I used to be one! LOL

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    I liked it

    Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a nice and relaxing read. Not so much of an attention grabber that you don't want to put it down but just fine to pass the time.

    One thing I didn't like was how the pages and chapters were odd. Chapters were on the same page as the previous chapters, and same goes for the pages. For example, page 243 and 244 were in the same nook page; end of chapter 5 might've been on page 65 and the beginning of chapter 6 on page 66 but they merged together anyway. Though a nuicanse at first, it's easy to get over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2002

    Fairy Tale Lacks Believability

    While A Little Princess is an enjoyable book, it loses all believability. Sara was a privileged young girl who attended a boarding school. Then her father died, leaving her penniless. The spiteful headmistress forced her to become a servant. Sara lived miserably, completely unaware that her father's partner was looking for her. Although the main character of this book was amusing, she seemed to be too perfect for believability. When faced with very difficult circumstances, she remained polite and kind. Even though the headmistress of the boarding school made life miserable for Sara, she never retaliated or held a grudge. When a twist of fate allowed Sara to leave her life of servitude forever, she did not make any attempt to repay the headmistress for her cruelty. Faced with injustice and unkindness, she only expressed anger over the situation twice. Sara's largest fault seemed to be her pride. This fault only manifested itself in an attempt to work hard to earn her keep and an unwillingness to admit to her friends that she was hungry and unhappy. Sara's character is a wonderful ideal for children to try to imitate, but she does not resemble a real girl. Not only is Sara overly perfect, but her life also seems perfect. Even when she was a servant, mysterious events happened to prevent her from suffering too greatly. When she was hungry, she found money on the ground and bought some bread. When the headmistress punished her by not allowing her to have any food for the next day, she found a wonderful meal on the table in her attic room. Sara herself commented on this phenomenon when she said, "The Magic won't let those worst things ever quite happen." In the real world, the worst things happen quite often. These dramatic rescues that keep Sara from pain seem unlikely. Along with magical deliverance to help her, Sara had the rapt attention of all of the other characters throughout the book. When she became a servant, her friends still crept to her lodgings in the middle of the night to visit her. Most of the students loved her and some of the students hated her, but no one was ever indifferent. Rather than being concerned with running her school, the headmistress seemed to spend most of her time punishing Sara. The Carmichael children also demonstrated this excessive concern for Sara. Donald Carmichael once gave Sara a sixpence, and this inspired the other children to constantly discuss her. They even told their friends about this girl whose name they did not even know. Would real children be so concerned about a girl they hardly knew? A Little Princess is like a fairy tale. The lead character is completely flawless, all of the other characters spend their time thinking about the main character, and plot twists keep the main character from ever being too miserable. At some times this style of story telling can be enjoyable, but none of the story would have happened in real life. This story would have been much more believable if Sara had a few faults and if she suffered a little more.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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