A Little Princess Paperback – Jul 1 2001
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Ages 5-7. Not just abridged but retold, this colorfully illustrated, large-format book has a text that's longer than most picture books but considerably shorter than Burnett's beloved novel. McClintock's sensitive illustrations, apparently ink drawings with watercolor washes, will certainly appeal to readers and book buyers of all ages. The period settings and costumes have a charm all their own, and the detailed pictures clearly portray Sara's transformation from privileged child to pauper and back again. Some scenes and dialogue here did not appear in the original book, but they serve to move the plot along more swiftly. The story loses a great deal of subtlety in theme and character development (as well as plot and setting) in its adaptation to picture-book format. Those who love the original will advise children to wait until they're old enough to read it. But children or parents who want a picture-book version will find this a very pretty one. Carolyn Phelan
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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.See all Product Description
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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. Read the first page
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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.Read more ›
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!
By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Reviewed By: J. Lee
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.Read more ›
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Very happy to have a copy of this book, it's proven hard to find. It's a bit more worn than advertised, though.Published 18 months ago by Heather
A great classic that is relevant today as it was when it was first written. Beautifully written and most magical!Published on Jan. 7 2014 by Sandy
much better than the various movies. glad I read it once again. It's been many years since the last time.Published on March 9 2013 by Renee
I think that A Little Princess was a very good book because of the sequence of events that Sara Crewe has to go through.Published on May 5 2004 by Kerrin
I'm not going to go through what this book is about, because you can read any of the other reviews here to find that out. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Janet Kniesner
The Little Princess
By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Reviewed by: G. Lee
This book is about a little girl named, Sara Crewe. Read more