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When she is orphaned, the star pupil of Miss Minchin's boarding school in London becomes a penniless, friendless ward of the cruel Miss Minchin.
"I'm not sure I could have survived childhood without Frances Hodgson Burnett." —Meg Rosoff, author, How I Live Now
"Instead of a rags to riches story, this is a riches to rags story . . . a good, girly read." —Jacqueline Wilson, author, Best Friends
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 thoroughfares.
She sat with her feet tucked under her, and leaned against her father, who held her in his arm, as she stared out of the window at the passing people with a queer old-fashioned thoughtfulness in her big eyes.
She was such a little girl that one did not expect to see such a look on her small face. It would have been an old look for a child of twelve, and Sara Crewe was only seven. The fact was, however, that 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.
At this moment she was remembering the voyage she had just made from Bombay with her father, Captain Crewe. She was thinking of the big ship, of the Lascars passing silently to and fro on it, of the children playing about on the hot deck, and of some young officers' wives who used to try to make her talk to them and laugh at the things she said.
Principally, she was thinking of what a queer thing it was that at one time one was in India in the blazing sun, and then in the middle of the ocean, and then driving in a strange vehicle through strange streets where the day was asdark as the night. She found this so puzzling that she moved closer to her father.
"Papa," she said in a low, mysterious little voice which was almost a whisper, "papa."
"What is it, darling?" Captain Crewe answered, holding her closer and looking down into her face. "What is Sara thinking of?"
"Is this the place?" Sara whispered, cuddling still closer to him. "Is it, papa?"
"Yes, little Sara, it is. We have reached it at last." And though she was only seven years old, she knew that he felt sad when he said it.
It seemed to her many years since he had begun to prepare her mind for "the place," as she always called it. Her mother had died when she was born, so she had never known or missed her. Her young, handsome, rich, petting father seemed to be the only relation she had in the world. They had always played together and been fond of each other. She only knew he was rich because she had heard people say so when they thought she was not listening, and she had also heard them say that when she grew up she would be rich, too. She did not know all that being rich meant. She had always lived in a beautiful bungalow, and had been used to seeing many servants who made salaams to her and called her "Missee Sahib," and gave her her own way in everything. She had had toys and pets and an ayah who worshipped her, and she had gradually learned that people who were rich had these things. That, however, was all she knew about it.
During her short life only one thing had troubled her, and that thing was "the place" she was to be taken to some day. The climate of India was very bad for children, and as soon as possible they were sent away from it -- generally to England and to school. She had seen other children go away, and had heard their fathers and mothers talk about the letters they received from them. She had known that she would be obliged to go also, and though sometimes her father's stories of the voyage and the new country had attracted her, she had been troubled by the thought that he could not stay with her.
"Couldn't you go to that place with me, papa?" she had asked when she was five years old. "Couldn't you go to school, too? I would help you with your lessons."
"But you will not have to stay for a very long time, little Sara " he had always said. "You will go to a nice house where there will be a lot of little girls, and you will play together, and I will send you plenty of books, and you will grow so fast that it will seem scarcely a year before you are big enough and clever enough to come back and take care of papa."
She had liked to think of that. To keep the house for her father; to ride with him, and sit at the head of his table when he had dinner parties; to talk to him and read his books -- that would be what she would like most in the world and if one must go away to "the place" in England to attain it, she must make up her mind to go.
She did not care very much for other little girls, but if she had plenty of books she could console herself. She liked books more than anything else, and was, in fact, always inventing stories of beautiful things and telling them to herself. Sometimes she had told them to her father, and he had liked them as much as she did.
"Well, papa," she said softly, "if we are here I suppose we must be resigned."
He laughed at her old-fashioned speech and kissed her. He was really not at all resigned himself, though he knew he must keep that a secret. His quaint little Sara had been a great companion to him, and he felt he should be a lonely fellow when, on his return to India...A Little Princess Book and Charm. Copyright © by Frances Burnett. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
|2||A French Lesson||17|
|6||The Diamond Mines||67|
|7||The Diamond Mines Again||83|
|8||In the Attic||113|
|10||The Indian Gentleman||146|
|12||The Other Side of the Wall||178|
|13||One of the Populace||190|
|14||What Melchisedec Heard and Saw||206|
|17||"It is the Child!"||274|
|18||"I Tried Not to Be"||285|
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!
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Posted November 24, 2012
I felt like this book should never end. Im 8 years old and im in 3rd grade. I felt very sad when sara crewe's father died. This book is the best book even though i didnt read it on my nook. Thank you for reading my review.
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Posted March 2, 2012
A Little Princess is a classic story of a rich little girl who is put under the care of a bitter, selfish schoolhouse matron. At first, the girl is treated as a star pupil; but when her father dies a ruined man, she is cruelly forced to become a servant of the schoolhouse—but her sweet, vibrant nature keeps her alive during these hard times. I have seen quite a few movie adaptations, but the book is much better than the movies. This is a good book for people of all ages to read.
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Posted June 7, 2012
I got the dollar one, and although it had all the content, the formatting was completely screwed up. I'd say that this versions worth the money
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As my daughter is getting interested in more challenging literature, I have been looking for nice, long-lasting copies of some of my favorite children's classics. I was thrilled to find the Sandy Creek edition of 'A Little Princess' today at Barnes and Noble.
This Edition: The 2009 Sandy Creek edition is hardback with a nice, classic cover with a reproduction of one of the eight full color (and possibly original) prints by Tasha Tudor included in the book. One of my favorite parts about the edition is that the cover art is printed right on the cover and not on a dust jacket. I'm too lazy to cover dust jackets like the library does, so the other books in our current collection have either lost or are on their way to losing their jackets, and the book underneath isn't as appealing. It was a breeze to remove the price tags from this cover, which bodes well for easy future cleaning. The book is just the right size and weight to hold comfortably and still fit into a purse or backpack. The paper inside is of a nice weight, but the edges are "rough cut" which, while more "original," I find annoying. Since I liked everything else about the book, it was easy for me to ignore this. The font is well spaced and easy to read - perhaps a size 12 font. This edition includes a List of Chapters, List of Illustrations, brief bio of the author and on the inner cover, a name plate for the owner. It is well made, ever so slightly old-fashioned, darling and exactly what I was looking for and at an astonishingly affordable price point.
The Sandy Creek Collection: Much to my delight, not only did Sandy Creek do a fine job with Anne of Green Gables, but also with a host of other fantastic classic children's books, many of which were on my shopping list! The books are the same size as one another, have similarly colored and designed spines, and only differ by color and cover art. I also bought 'The Wind in the Willows,' 'Anne of Green Gables' and 'The Secret Garden' and hope to add 'Treasure Island,' 'Journey to the Center of the Earth,' and more to my collections soon. It is a fine set at a great price.
'A Little Princess:' I loved Frances Burnett books as a child and was recently reminded of them by an article about Katherine Paterson (Newbery Medal and National Book Award for Children's Literature winner and 2010 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature) in the NY Times where she lists Burnett as one of her great childhood literary influences. I've read 'Princess' and 'A Secret Garden' countless times as I've grown and am always as engrossed in their Victorian worlds as I was the first reading. Her heroines are imperfect; starting out spoiled, entitled and generally bratty but learning from harsh, honest, sugar-coating-free worlds how to make a way for themselves and grow into lovely, kind and self-sufficient ladies. I would recommend this story and edition to anyone building a library for their children or themselves.
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Posted January 10, 2003
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.
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Posted January 6, 2012
Posted January 2, 2012
I have seen many movie verisios of this book and retold stories of this book but i like all of them not like but love all of them i recomend this book to any young girls out there who like to read books with adventures and some twists in the middle if you are that girl then this is the book for you and for me
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Posted October 30, 2008
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.
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Posted June 13, 2012
This was a great book! But it does get sad during chapter 4. Just keep reading and it will get better. Sara Crewe had a wonderful life up to the age of 11. She went to a boarding school at 7. On Sara's 11th birthday, she learns her father is dead and left no money for her. Sara is forced to work like her friend, Becky. But then the story gets happier.
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Posted May 25, 2012
Posted May 25, 2012
I hate it. Somehow the climate is bad in india were sara and her father lived, so her father sent sara to this boarding school. Her father tells the mistress to give sara whatever she wants. (Those were his exact words) She is a friend to everyone and the only people who hate her are the mistress and the people who envy her. One day her father dies and he was broke at that time. Since they cant pay for sara's education the mistress sends her to become a servant. Her room is a spare in the attic and it just so happens that a friend of her fathers lives a window away serching for her. She lives with him for the rest of her life. End of story. How could someone have people to order her literily whatever she wants and not become snobby. Then she becomes popular. Frances was able to fit THAT into 200 pages. I would have used it as my firewood if it wasn't my teachers who made me read it.
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Posted November 25, 2012
This is my favorite book and I am so excited it is on Nook. I think it is a great story for everyone. It is a true riches-to-rags, rags-to-riches tale of the quaint little Sara Crewe.
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