A Little Princess: The Story of Sara Crewe (Penguin Popular Classics) Paperback – 26 Jul 2007
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Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924) was an English-American author and playwright. She is best known for her incredibly popular novels for children, including ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’, ‘The Secret Garden’ and ‘A Little Princess’.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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It's a lovely story. A young, rich, kind and intelligent girl, called Sara, is sent away to a boarding school. She has a vivid imagination and is always making up stories.
When Sara's father dies, she is left with no relations in the world, and ends up in poverty - she has to work at the school for no pay and little food.
However, she is determinded that no matter how hunger, cold or tired she is, she won't give in.
With the help of her firends and her "pretending" stories, she overcomes the hardships and proves that anyone can be a princess inside.
Sara spent most of her time making up stories in her head and then telling them to the other girls. The favourite of the stories made up
in her head was that she was a princess. When asked if she would keep this view even if she didn't have all the luxuries of a princess
and was reduced to poverty. She insists that whatever situation you are in you can still be a princess as long as you belief it inside. Ironically she was forced to put this to the test when on her eleventh birthday her father dies of jungle fever and becomes bankrupt and instead of being the show student at Miss Minchin's school she is forced to work as a servant and live in the attic. But Sara knows that she will always remain a princess inside. When I read this book I was absolutely captivated with the idea that whatever situation you are in you can also be a princess inside. Along with the message that you can always be a princess it also has the strong messages of hope and friendship.
It tells the story of Sara Crewe, a rich little girl brought up in India by her beloved father, who moves to England to go to boarding school at the gloomy seminary belonging to the formidable Miss Minchin. She is the star pupil, dressed in finery and always happy to share her good fortune and vivid imagination with her classmates. But when a tragic twist of fate strips her of everything, Sara ends up a poor orphan working as a drudge in the seminary where once she was idolised by her fellow pupils. Miss Minchin uses this as a fine opportunity to take a sort of revenge on this strange little girl, who she has never understood but has always indulged thanks to her wealth. But no matter how hard her life becomes, she remains generous and polite to those around her, rich and poor alike, pretending that she is a princess in order to keep her morals and spirits strong. Finally, just as even her fiery spirit is at breaking point, an English gentleman who has been living in India moves into the house next door and magical things start to happen as their interest in each other grows. Of course everything will come right in the end, but I won't give away any more because it deserves to be read and enjoyed...
This is a beautiful, moving, and inspiring novel, whether you're 6 or 60!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book as a child and my eight year old niece is now enjoying it. As many reviewers have said, it's a timeless classic. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Isabella's Aunty
I bought this for my grandaughter but decided to read it first! The story is perhaps obvious for a 70 year old but will suit a 9 year old girl very well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pixal8
Lovely little story. Don't want to say too much as will give it away! However is a classic that should be read by all.Published 3 months ago by Inky
Well written story of how things can go quickly wrong in a little girl's lifePublished 4 months ago by Victor
The story of A Little Princess is lovely and so is this edition. Have always loved the movie and finally got round to reading the book and was not disappointed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jennifer m