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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (July 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689844077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689844072
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #708,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Bright, beautiful and enchanting ... ' New York Times 'A Little Princess exquisitely re-creates the ephemeral world of childhood, an enchanted kingdom where everything, even make-believe, seems possible ...' Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beth Huff on June 7 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"A Little Princess" is the story of a girl named Sara Crewe, who has lived most of her life in India. Her father decides that it is time for her to go to school, so he sends her to a girl's school in London, England. Though she is given everything she could ever want, Sara is not spoiled, but is sensitive and well behaved. She becomes an instant favorite with the other studens when they find that she is clever and can tell stories using her vivid imagination. They begin to call her "Princess Sara", though she reasons that it is very easy to be a Princess when she has everything, and the real trial would be to be one with nothing. Prophetic words, when, on Sara's 11th birthday, Miss Minchin (the proprietress of the school) is told that Sara's father has died, and his sceme of diamond mines has fallen through, leaving Sara penniless, and with no where to go. Miss Minchin, who has never liked Sara, sends her up to the attic where she is to work as a servant. Sara's trial is to remember that a Princess is one when she acts like one, and even in rags and tatters, she can be generous and kind, loving and forgiving. Though the work is hard, and she is almost always hungry, she still finds it within herself to befriend the scullery maid, Becky, and keep in contact with her old school friends from downstairs. The Indian gentleman, an invalid who lives next door, takes an interest in her, and attemps to make her life more pleasant, while continuing his search for the lost daughter of his friend Captain Crewe, his partner in the diamond mines, which where not a disaster after all, but in fact a success.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By applelover on March 13 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Little Princess

Do you want an exciting, interesting book to read? Well here is the most charming and wonderful classic you will ever read. Sara's Papa takes her to a new school in London and leaves Sara in the care of Miss Minchin. Miss Minchin treats her like a princess. Sara is really rich and has the best manners. For some reason Sara's Papa dies of jungle fever and money problem. Her Papa dies without leaving her a single penny. As soon Miss Minchin hears the news she starts treating her like a slave, makes her sleep in the attic and work for her living. Sara is all alone but she still has hope. Sara keeps telling herself that she can still be a little princess inside if she tries hard enough.

The type of writing style the author used included lots of descriptive word and made you feel like you are in the story acting along , beside the characters. When I read it I couldn't stop until I reached the very end. I can't describe how exciting this story is. It's so exciting that you can't even breath!! This is best book that you will ever read!

The themes in this story are love ,care, excitement, and cruelty. These are themes because there is a lot of love between Sara and here Papa. There is a lot of cruelty because Miss Minchin treats Sara like a slave. Sara is very caring so there is also care as a theme. Sara cares for everybody even if they are very rude. She shows respect and doesn't hold grudges. Love is a theme because Sara knows that her Papa will love her even though she is far away and she will love him too. Cruelty is one of the themes because Miss Minchin only treats people nicely if they make her look good in front of every body or if they're really rich.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darlene TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 14 2011
Format: Paperback
I read this book aloud to my daughters.

We loved it! I don't remember reading this one as a child, so it was a new one for me.

Sara Crewe is such an inspiration to all young girls! Even when she was treated horribly by Miss Minchin and some of the other girls, she still carried herself with dignity and respect. I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat when I read how she gave five of her buns to the beggar girl on the street and kept only one for herself. What kindness and generosity!

This book is a treasure. This book teaches the values that I want my girls to have. This is a classic to keep and read again!
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By J. Lee on Feb. 27 2004
Format: Paperback
A Little Princess
By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Reviewed By: J. Lee
Period: P.1
This book is about a girl named Sara Crewe. Her father is a captain, and he is very rich. Sara Crewe is sent to a school so she will be educated, while her father goes on a journey. At first, no one likes her, because she is so rich, but she makes a friend named Ermengarde. There is also a young girl named Lottie, who has no mother like Sara, herself. Sara becomes close with her as well and acts like a mother to her. Sara tells many stories to little children, and they all become to like her. However, Miss Minchin and her sister are not very welcoming. All they care is for Sara's money and inheritance. But on Sara's 11th birthday, a tragic thing happens. Sara finds out that her father died from a fever and his friend lost all of their money. Sara becomes poor and is immediately put into rags. She starts to dwell in the attic, and she runs errands on the worst days. The cooks don't feed her well, and she is tired, however, Sara still has her warm, caring heart. She makes friends with a mouse up in the attic and she provides him and his family with crumbs. Sara now knows how it feels to be hungry and cold, but what she doesn't know is that her father's friend is looking for her. He never actually lost their fortune. It was that he just thought he did. So, he looked and looked for the girl, not knowing how she looked like or even her name. But he found her right next door, at the school, in the attic. He of course, handed her the fortune, and decided to take care of her. When Miss Minchin found out that there actually were diamond mines and that it belonged to Sara Crewe, she was in shock. Miss Minchin acted as she never treated Sara badly, and suggested her to stay at her school.
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