A Little Princess

Hardcover | May 10, 2012

byFrances Hodgson BurnettForeword byAdeline Yen Mah

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Alone in a new country, wealthy Sara Crewe tries to make friends at boarding school and settle in. But when she learns that she'll never see her beloved father again, her life is turned upside down. Transformed from princess to pauper, she must swap dancing lessons and luxury for drudgery and a room in the attic. Will she find that kindness and generosity are all the riches she truly needs?

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Alone in a new country, wealthy Sara Crewe tries to make friends at boarding school and settle in. But when she learns that she'll never see her beloved father again, her life is turned upside down. Transformed from princess to pauper, she must swap dancing lessons and luxury for drudgery and a room in the attic. Will she find that ki...

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Manchester. She had a very poor upbringing and used to escape from the horror of her surroundings by writing stories. In 1865 her family emigrated to the USA where she married and became the successful author of many children's books including Little Lord Fauntleroy andThe Secret Garden.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 7.25 × 5.38 × 1.13 inPublished:May 10, 2012Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141341718

ISBN - 13:9780141341712

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love! Love the story and love the cover/design!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful A Little Princess was a delightful read, with a very endearing little protagonist. Sara Crewe is exactly how I aspired to be when I was little - gracious, humble, kind, with an internal fire that keeps burning in the face of adversity. I also very much related to how she pretended to be a princess and made up stories to herself, because I did the same thing when I was her age. However, I am disappointed with the simplicity of the antagonist, which makes it very clear to me that this is a children's novel. Miss Minchin loves to hate on Sara because she is intimidated and jealous of her intelligence and resilience, and for this reason alone, she punishes Sara for years. If I had read this book as a child, I would have just concluded that she had a nasty personality and moved on. But, as a more experienced reader, I can't help but be disappointed at how flat Miss Minchin's character is and wonder to myself: why has she been driven to act so horridly to Sara? Did it stem from her own family life? Usually people are not horrible for petty reasons; there is often some underlying factor that drives them and I would have loved to see an exploration of that. Instead, the novel is very black and white when it comes to Miss Minchin and Sara. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book, mostly because Sara was such a delightful protagonist. I have to admit, I am a little envious of her ability to befriend everyone and everything...even that rat scuttling around in her attic.
Date published: 2013-06-23