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A Little Princess is a 1905 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is a revised and expanded version of Burnett's 1888 serialised novel entitled Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's Boarding School, which was published in St. Nicholas Magazine. According to Burnett, she had been composing a play based on the story when she found out a lot of characters she had missed. The publisher asked her to publish a new, revised story of the novella, producing the novel. Based on a 2007 online poll, the ...
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Overview

A Little Princess is a 1905 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is a revised and expanded version of Burnett's 1888 serialised novel entitled Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's Boarding School, which was published in St. Nicholas Magazine. According to Burnett, she had been composing a play based on the story when she found out a lot of characters she had missed. The publisher asked her to publish a new, revised story of the novella, producing the novel. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children." It was one of the "Top 100 Chapter Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.

Sara's life at Miss Minchin's London boarding school changes drastically when her father dies leaving her penniless.

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 • "Sara Crewe is a Cinderella figure... She is intelligent and good humoured with an infectious warmth that embraces the lowliest of her new acquaintances. The sunshine continues when impoverishment and drudgery befall her and she relies on her private fantasies to preserve her natural zest for life." --Guardian

 • "Generations of children have fallen in love with the story of Sara Crewe, the little girl who imagines she's a princess in order to survive the hard times." --Daily Mail

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Ostracized by the envious and less-privileged girls at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, seven-year-old Sara Crewe is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies, leaving her penniless and alone in the world. The story of how Sara's fortunes change again, and how she discovers the true meaning of family, is a tale that has delighted children since its initial publication in 1905. Illustrated with a wealth of color and black-and-white drawings by British muralist Graham Rust, here is an enduring children's classic sure to enthrall youngsters aged 8-14.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781503250475
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2014
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 184,519
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 - 29 October 1924) was an English playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (published in 1885-6), "A Little Princess" (1905), and "The Secret Garden" (1911).

Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in Cheetham, near Manchester, England. After her father died in 1852, the family eventually fell on straitened circumstances and in 1865 emigrated to the United States, settling near Knoxville, Tennessee. There, Frances began writing to help earn money for the family, publishing stories in magazines from the age of 19. In 1870 her mother died and in 1872 she married Swan Burnett, who became a medical doctor after which they lived in Paris for two years where their two sons were born before returning to the US to live in Washington D.C. There she began to write novels, the first of which ("That Lass o' Lowries"), was published to good reviews. "Little Lord Fauntleroy" was published in 1886 and made her a popular writer of children's fiction, although her romantic adult novels written in the 1890s were also popular. She wrote and helped to produce stage versions of "Little Lord Fauntleroy" and "A Little Princess".

Burnett enjoyed socializing and lived a lavish lifestyle. Beginning in the 1880s, she began to travel to England frequently and bought a home there in the 1890s where she wrote "The Secret Garden". Her oldest son, Lionel, died of tuberculosis in 1892, which caused a relapse of the depression she struggled with for much of her life. She divorced Swan Burnett in 1898 and married Stephen Townsend in 1900, and divorced him in 1902. Towards the end of her life she settled in Long Island, where she died in 1924 and is buried in Roslyn Cemetery, on Long Island.

In 1936 a memorial sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh was erected in her honour in Central Park's Conservatory Garden. The statue depicts her two famous "Secret Garden" characters, Mary and Dickon.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    very good

    very good...hardly any typing errors,good font,and good storyline.The only thing i have against it is that it does not navigate very well.Also,unlike most ebooks,you can't click on ,for instance, 'chapter fourteen' and from there automatically navigate to that chapter.otherwise,i say uut is a great book,held my attention well,and very sweet.i definitely reccomend this book for people of all ages,especially those who love to read stpriesset in a historical time a long,long while ago.veey good!!!! :)

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Ugh

    Finished it in a day. I hated it it

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    This book is so inspirational and i read this when iwas little
    and i idolized little sara crewe. I would recommend this book to anyone

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Formatting Concern

    The book is fine but there's a problem with the formatting in this version and it's just too distracting to try and read. All the lines are cut short.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this book! I borrowed it from the libbrary o n mie nook!is awesome.just plain awesome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Great book!!:)

    Awesome!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    So sweet!

    I love the end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Its the best

    EVER!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    amazing

    I love how sara has such a great imagination

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Great book!!!!!

    Cute!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Good book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Great book

    I've read this book before, and I loved it. It is a great story, all the way through. There are a few parts that are a little sad, but there are just as many happy parts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Sara Crewe

    Love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Awesome

    So cool! I love the part were she gets adopted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Like

    I like this book and want it on my nook soooo bad!!!""

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    A little princess

    I saw the movie it made me cry and im a10 year old but the book made me tear up a little bit this story is a very sad story
    I would want to call the copson her if i could why are people like that I mean what the heck uuuuuuuuuuuuggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    I would hate to be in a uome with a wicked person like her but i love the whole story it was amazing :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Inspiring

    This book was very good. I would rate it more than five stars if I could! It is about a seven-year-old girl named Sara whos father workes in India. She is what people would call "spoiled", but the truth is that her father is filthy rich and loves Sara so. Entering her into boarding school, th father tells the headmistress to give Sara anything her heart desires and he will pay for everything at the end of the year. Making friends only with the lower-popular girls, Sara finds out from the headmistress her father is dead. She is put to servant work with her friend Becky. I will never spoil the ending for you, but besides that short half summary, this book is one of the best books i have ever read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Thats your opinion but i still think its great

    :-)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    READ NOW!!!!!!!!

    This book was awsome!!!! Some parts really moved me. I do like the movie better though. Anyways, you should still read this book!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

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