5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
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...
Published on June 14 2011 by Darlene
3.0 out of 5 stars The Little Princess
I read the book "The Little Princess." A few years ago i saw the actual movie, therefore i think that it somewhat ruined the book. There were things between the book and the movie that were different so my views changed.
The book was an enjoyable one. It starts out as this little girl is dropped off at a boarding school, the one where her mother attended as a...
Published on Dec 12 2002 by Suzy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!,
This review is from: Little Princess The (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!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Story,
This review is from: Scholastic Classics: Little Princess (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. When Sara goes to his house to return his money, which ran across the roof to her attic, they discover that she is the girl that they have been looking for, and she is not a pauper after all, but an heiress.
This is a charming book for younger children, but can also be enjoyed by older women, as a reminder that even through adversity kindness can be shown. One of the most memorable reminders of this is when Sara finds a fourpence on the street, and goes to buy some buns from the bakery, as she is extremely hungry. After the kind baker gives her 6 penny buns instead of 4, she gives 5 of them to a beggar child, who is starving, keeping only 1 for herself. This action shows Sara to be a true Princess- not by posession alone, but by her self-sacrificing actions, and her selfless giving of whatever she had, be that buns or her time and imagination to tell stories and help with the school work of her friend Ermingaurd, even though she is exhausted and getting caught would mean severe punishment.
This book deserves to be read again and again by all ages, and hold a deserving place on the family bookshelf.
4.0 out of 5 stars my little princess reveiw,
This review is from: Scholastic Classics: Little Princess (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. After Sara is poor Miss Minchin is really mean to her because she no longer rich and Sara can't pay for the food and clothes that bought her a long time ago.
Here are some characters you will meet throughout the book. Sara is a kind, caring and tall girl with green eyes and black hair. Sara is kind because she always stands up for people and treats everybody with respect and always has a positive attitude. She is also caring because she cares about everybody around her and helps them when they're hurt. There is also Becky, a kind, caring, helpful, and brave little servant girl who is treated like a slave Becky is brave because she always is in a good mood even if she gets screamed at or gets slapped. Now you know Becky and Sara and of course there is Miss Minchin , who is totally opposite from Becky and Sara. Miss Minchin is cold hearted, mean, selfish, and greedy. She is selfish because she doesn't feed Becky just because she has no money to give to her if she feeds her. Sara's best friend is Ermengrade, a girl with a pair of rather dull blue eyes. She is a plump little child, very friendly and very helpful. She doesn't know much French and often gets laughed at but she has a pure heart and is beautiful girl.
This story takes place in London at Miss Minchin's school for little girls. They learn French, different languages and have grand rooms of their own. Most part of the story takes place at Miss Minchin's school. The building is tall, damp, dirty, and dark. Miss Minchin takes them to church and for walks in the morning. Miss Minchin gives the little girls room with lace and fluffy pillows. She would feed them until they're full and Miss Minchin provides them with new fluffy pillows for their rooms.
Now you know some parts about the book. I really recommend this book because once you flip to the first page you get absorbed in and can't come out of the book until you reach the very last page of this funny, interesting, sad book. If you don't read this magnificent, breathtaking book you will always regret it for an eternity. Trust me you'll love it so much.
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book,
This review is from: Little Princess The (Paperback)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. I'm just going to say that this is my all-time favorite book. When I was little I read it over and over again, and I modelled myself after the main character. I still do. I love her because she's gentle and kind, she was rich and everyone thought she was spoiled but it wasn't true, she bore her trials well and remained true to herself when things took a turn for the (extreme) worse. She was generous and smart and she didn't have a short temper but she wasn't afraid to get angry if she had good cause. And just a million other things. If I had my way every little girl would have a copy of this book, and also every adult woman.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Princess,
This review is from: Little Princess The (Paperback)A Little Princess
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. But of course, Sara knew better, and she refused. Sara decided to help the hungry, and the needy, because she knew how it felt to be in that situation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing,
This review is from: Little Princess The (Paperback)This is one of the books that makes you sit and think after you read it. I love this book and recommend it to anyoe becuase its just great-- beyond words. Buy it-- Its amazing and even thoguh Im 14, I love it and read it over and over again.
5.0 out of 5 stars All's Well that Ends Well,
This review is from: Little Princess The (Paperback)It is a sweet little book ~~ with a great story to tell. It is about a little girl who is sent to a boarding school in London. She leaves her father and a beloved life in India behind ~~ but endowed with lots of riches, fancy clothes, a beautiful doll and more importantly, with the love of her father. Unspoiled though, Sara comes to London determined to get a good education. And this is just the beginning of the story.
With tragic events that spun out of control, Sara finds herself a penniless orphan one day and at the mercy of her headmistress, she stays ~~ but as an errand girl. With the grace of her imagination, Sara survives.
It is a beautifully-written tale of love and adventure and one little girl's imagination that keeps her entertained and helps her survive poverty ~~ she makes proverty an adventure as she's aware always that there is someone worse off than her.
It is a story for both little boys and girls ~~ moms and dads to read as well. It provides a moral structure but it isn't preachy. It's just a lovely tale of a little girl who really knows what treasure of the heart is.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears my heart out!,
This review is from: Little Princess The (Paperback)When I was six years old, I somehow became convinced that I was a princess. As a result, I now have a copy of this book inscribed "Christmas 1976...From the Queen".
I hadn't read it before, but it instantly became one of my favorites. I was reading it in bed when I got to the scene where Sara finds out her father is dead; I had to stop reading and cry myself to sleep.
There are other scenes, though, that didn't make me cry then, but they sure do now. "Guy Clarence" giving his sixpence to Sara, so convinced that he's setting her up for life. Sara giving away the currant buns to the real beggar child, and the shopkeeper's reaction: "Left just one for herself. And she could have eaten the whole six. I saw it in her eyes." And the very last scene: "Her name is Anne. She has no other."
Another scene that doesn't make me cry, but is still very moving, is when Ram Dass drops into Sara's attic to retrieve the monkey. That conversation plays on so many levels. First of all, he's respectful because she's white and female: kind of creepy from today's perspective, but OTOH, it's been a long time, at that point, since anyone has shown her any real respect. But, because they are both servants, he can be forthright with her, not just say "Yes, Missee Sahib" as he might have when she was wealthy. And moreover, it's refreshing for her to talk with him about India, which she apparently misses a lot. She was never miserable there, at any rate!
And this scene is crucial, because after he leaves, she is face to face with the realization that her life is not going to get any better (as it stood, without Burnett's plot machinations). She mulls this, then decides, "Whatever comes cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside." Much more inspiring than that sappy "All girls are princesses" junk from the movie.
Also, I realize now that Ermengarde really is dumb! Early on, Sara didn't need to be told that Becky was hungry, and having so much to spare, she freely shared food with her; nutritious stuff as well as delicacies. But Ermengarde has to be hit over the head with the concept before she timidly asks, "Sara...Are *you* ever hungry?" DUH! Miss Michin breaking up the feast was brutal beyond redemption, but Ermengarde was also remiss. She could have been smuggling food to Sara all along!
My only regret is that my copy does not have the Tasha Tudor illustrations. I have seen them, and they are very fine, but I'm not giving up my copy at this stage!
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Story!,
This review is from: Little Princess The (Paperback)A Little Princess, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett was an inspiring story teaching a valuable lesson. Sara Crewe had everything she ever wanted when she went off to boarding school in London. Her fashionable dresses, high quality jewelery, and numerous accessories made her one of the elite. Sara's life was almost perfect, until her eleventh birthday, when a devastating tragedy occurred changing her life forever. Sara received news very abruptly that her father had died, leaving her "penniless". Sara's teacher, Ms. Minchin despised her because she had become poor, and treated her cruely. Now Sara must face her troubles and prove to everyone that she can be strong and perservere through her difficult times.
This book's moral states that everyone can be a princess when they put their minds to it. Being a princess is not about the fame and fortune, but about how you act in the situation into which you have been placed. You can be kind, or you can be mean; you can be content, or you can be greedy; you can be upset, or you can be optimistic. The book really relates to people who are going thruogh tough times in their lives and need reasurance and confidence.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!,
This review is from: Little Princess The (Paperback)When I was around 6 years old my mother rented the movie, "A Little Princess". Of course, being that young I didn't really like or appreciate it and never really wanted to read the book. A few years later my sister bought the book which she read and really liked, but I still didn't want to read it. Just a few years ago I saw a play that my high school put on, A Little Princess, and I loved it! Right when I got home I started to read the book, and finished it by the next day. It's one of the best books I have ever read!
The book is about a little girl named Sara Crewe, who's father was a Captain in India. She is sent to Miss Minchin's bording school in England where she is surrounded in weath, friends and her big imagination. On her 11th birthday she learns something really sad... her father, the dearest person in the world to her, died due to brain fever & being cheated of all his money. Miss Minchin then makes Sara into a maid because she has no money left, and she has to sleep in the attic with all the mice and roaches...
There is so much more to the story than that so don't worry if I said to much. Don't do as I did, and read the book as soon as you finish reading this review, you won't be sorry! Oh, and by the way, once you finished reading this book, try some of the other books by Frances Hodgson Burnett, she rights tons of other really great books too!
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Little Princess The by Burnett (Paperback - Feb. 20 1987)
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