A Little Princess

A Little Princess

by Frances Hodgson Burnett


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ISBN-13: 9781729502938
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2018
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

English-born novelist and playwright Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924) is best known for her three children's classics: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy. Her 40-some books focus on sentimental, romantic themes, and her biography, written by her son (the model for Little Lord Fauntleroy), is called The Romantick Lady.

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Chapter One


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.

Table of Contents

2A French Lesson17
6The Diamond Mines67
7The Diamond Mines Again83
8In the Attic113
10The Indian Gentleman146
11Ram Dass164
12The Other Side of the Wall178
13One of the Populace190
14What Melchisedec Heard and Saw206
15The Magic214
16The Visitor251
17"It is the Child!"274
18"I Tried Not to Be"285

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CheesyPrincess More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
j3p More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good made me cry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me cry a lot! A classic, and my favorite book!!!!
Janice McKay More than 1 year ago
The book was touching
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little Princess is my favorite book read it in fifth grade, but still read it to this day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
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.
MMPRlover More than 1 year ago
It was a sweet book. It made me cry. It was much better then the movie. But books are always better then the movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it! Its not about a bratty little girl who is spoiled. :)
CarolineCarnivorous More than 1 year ago
My review of this got lost somehow, so I'll just write a new one! I waited for this book to come back in stock, and my, it was worth the wait! Just the beautiful interior of the book made me fall in love with it at once - It even has a little ''This book belongs to''! I hope I one day can pass this on to future generations of little princesses. Already from page two, I loved the book, and considered it one of my favorites ever. I felt such a strong connection to seven year old Sara Crewe, the intelligent little spoiled girl with black hair and strange thoughts too old for her young age. My heart totally broke when her father dies on her 11th birthday, and the headmistress at her boarding school forces her to be a maid, dressed in rags, working super hard and starving all the time. But even then, she keeps her cool and still acts and thinks she's a princess - And survives! And I felt so happy when I knew she was going to live happily again, she really deserved it! I guess we all have something to learn from little Sara Crewe. There's a princess in all of us - Whether dressed in rags or expensive gowns. This is a great story both for children (though maybe not the youngest ones) and adults alike! This a story that will touch your hearts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever get it
Christopher Morgan More than 1 year ago
I read this book young and I loved it. A Little Princess brought tears to my eyes at times, and sometimes shriek of laughter. Since this book is a known classic and highly enjoyable, as well as buying it as an ebook I would also buy it to put it own your shelf. I would recommend this book to anybody, because I believe it would provide anybody's intrest. Dive into this book.
Chocolate-Hamsters More than 1 year ago
THSI BOOOK IS so great it had me crying from start to finish. Sara Crewe is a strong heart-filled girl who finds that riches aren't only found in money! WAY better than the movie!! .... well, all books are better than movies! :P <3 Reccommend it for everyone young and old!
Miranda_Paige on LibraryThing less than 1 minute ago
This is a beautiful book. The cover art is enchanting and the illustrations are equally gorgeous. A beautiful edition of a beautiful book. I have loved this book for as long as I can remember. I wanted so badly to be 11 because that was how old Sara was. I think i admired her bravery and it was nice to know someone whose world was more troubled than mine and still managed to survive. The thought was comforting to me.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing 8 hours ago
What I like best about this novel is that Sara has figured out, from a very young age, that what really matters is what you are inside, not what you have or do. The outside of the story - the "cinderella" story, if you will - is entertaining and somewhat colored by fantasy, but the message is what makes the story stand out. I love that Sara is so kind to those whom everyone else overlooks.
cltnae on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
Thoughts: This story is a good story about love and loss. I liked this book because it shows a way to cope with the loss of a loved one and how even though the girl lost everything she was still able to be kind to others. This book has great values that children should learn when growing up. I enjoyed this book very much I thought that is shows how resiliant children are. When I was reading this book it was like a was there in the school experiencing everything with Sarah. Summary: A young girl who grew up in India and moves to France to go to school while her father goes to war. To keep herself intertained she makes up stories to tell the other girls at the school. One day a message comes that her father has been killed in the war. She has nowhere else to go, so the owner of the school makes her a house maid. She has to clean the other girls rooms and take wood to there fireplaces. Eventually some of the girls start to speak to her again and she tells them more stories of India.Classroom Extensions:1) I would have this book on my self so that my students could read it on their own time. After the student read the book I would have him/her do a story map. 2) I would have my student write out what the main idea of the story, and how their thinking changed through the book.
Cait86 on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
Sara Crewe is a bright, imaginative seven-year-old when she arrives at Miss Minchen's Select Seminary for Young Ladies. Her father, Captain Crewe, is a very rich man, and he and his daughter are the best of friends. Sara has spent the first seven years of her life living in India, but now the time has come for her to attend school in London. At Miss Minchen's Sara is treated like a princess, and is given everything she could ever want; being treated as a princess does not spoil Sara, but instead causes her to be a friendly, generous little girl. Her imaginings delight her fellow pupils, and she treats the scullery-maid, Becky, with such kindness as Becky has never known. One day, tragedy strikes Sara, and she is left a penniless beggar destined to serve the cruel Miss Minchen for the rest of her life. Can Sara overcome this adversity? Can she remain a true princess at heart?A Little Princess is another book that took me down memory lane. Sara's story is one that I read over and over as a little girl, and it was a pleasure to read it again after so many years. Burnett's depiction of dreary London pulls in the reader, and Sara's hardships will make your heart break.That said, Sara is maybe a little too perfect - she is extremely intelligent, puts others before herself, refuses to be goaded into a rage, and continuously puts a positive spin on her horrid existence. Just once I would have liked to see Sara say something mean, or put herself before others - something to make her more of a real, believable character. Sara is always imagining fairy-stories, and Burnett essentially gives Sara her own fairy-story to live. Sure she has hardships, but she is just so unfailingly positive, and the general tone of the book tells the reader that a happy ending is definitely forthcoming. To be honest, it was kind of annoying after awhile.However, A Little Princess is enjoyable to read, and a great book for children. It teaches readers never to give up, and to remain positive, for life will work out in the end. This is a nice lesson to learn - but it really isn't that accurate to real life, is it?
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing 18 hours ago
I recently bought myself a new copy of A Little Princess. My original copy is at my mother's house, boxed up with a lot of other books in the attic. As I remember it's somewhat dog-chewed. My girlhood dog, Cindy, a black standard poodle, had an unerring feel for which things to chew up for maximum effect. She'd get mad, she'd chew up your favorite stuff and leave it in the entryway. She was a great dog, though. In any event, during the time after my father's diagnosis of cancer and before it became clear that he was going to die very quickly I bought and read this book. I loved that I was able to find such a beautiful edition with the essential Tasha Tudor illustrations (it wouldn't be the same book without them in the same way that Arthur Rackham's illustrations for Wind in the Willows are the only correct ones - for me at least).I know I'm supposed to care that this book is firmly rooted in British imperialism and full of various stereotypes of Indian people and the lower classes, but I just don't. I prefer to consider it within the context of the time it was written (early 20th century) and read it for the joy of the story - I don't think a cleansing is required.I love A Secret Garden (I'm going to need a new copy of it, too), but I always liked A Little Princess more. There's something so appealing about Sara Crewe who loves to read and tell stories and uses her imagination to get her through the terrible time after her father's death when she is turned into a ward of her boarding school and horribly mistreated. She's not saccharine-sweet, either. She gets angry and has harsh words and is afraid and cries, but she embodies the notion that emotions are neutral - it's what you do with them that counts. There is an elegant nobility about her that shines throughout the book. It makes her very real and very admirable.The story is pretty standard Gothic fare - the evil headmistress, the orphaned child turned into a slave and mistreated, the father's friend recovering from illness and searching for the heroine. Burnett's addition of fairy tale imagery and Tasha Tudor's beautiful illustrations elevate the tale into a true classic.This book was a favorite of my childhood and a huge comfort to me in a time of uncertainty. It remains a favorite.