A Little Princess

A Little Princess

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

How this resourceful girl's fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children's literature.

This unique and fully annotated edition appends excerpts from Frances Hodgson Burnett's original 1888 novella Sara Crewe and the stage play that preceded the novel, as well as an early story, "Behind the White Brick," allowing readers to see how A Little Princess evolved.

C. Knoepflmacher considers the fairy-tale allusions and literary touchstones that place the book among the major works of Victorian literature, and shows it to be an exceptionally rich and resonant novel.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Classics
  • Rating: 4.19
  • Pages: 242
  • Publish Date: February 26th 2002 by Penguin Books
  • Isbn10: 0142437018
  • Isbn13: 9780142437018

What People Think about "A Little Princess"

But I loved owning this edition with its gorgeous images and, when I gave it to my younger cousins in Singapore, believing myself ready to part with my childhood attachment to a book I wouldn't ever forget, I did mourn its loss, though I was a teenager by then and studying the dead white male canon. I'm an awful person, I know, but when I visited my family in Singapore the year before I graduated from college, I noticed the book on their shelf and asked to see it, and my aunt, noticing how my face lit up, asked if I wanted it back.

The movie based on this classic was the first one ever gifted to me and that when I was eight years old. It was beautiful yet so sad and poignant and the little eight-year-old girl that I was did not understand everything. That said, reading the book was way better than watching the movie, as it usually is with classics and books in general. Have I read this book when I was younger, I probably would have loved it even more but the seventeen-year-old that I am has read many other classics and must admit that this wasnt comparable to Pride and Prejudices or Of Mice and Mens plot quality for example (even though I know those are very different stories.) Although, the reason why I still liked this so much is because of all the beautiful themes that are included in the story. By the way, a reason why I dont hurry to read every classic existing is because I want to still have some to read when Ill be sixty years old for they are, each one of them, precious and there arent that many of them, sadly. A Little Princess deserves, in my opinion, to be read by every person in this world, boy or girl, man or woman.

Quite often, I think of her when I enter a bakery on a cold day, the smell of fresh bread making me instantly hungry. And yet - Sarah Crewe, the fictional perfect human being, clever, kind, using her power to help, rather than to destroy others, makes my heart feel a tiny bit better each time I think of her. If I can choose to give my children one of the countless bestselling young adult novels that show humanity in its worst egomania, or this tale of friendship, genuine care and power of imagination, I won't have to think twice. I like to imagine that people loving Sarah Crewe might start seeing those around themselves that are "hungrier than she was herself", and that they might feel that they can offer a bun or two from their bakery basket as a result of their reading.

I loved reading about her adventures and how she continued to have the attitude of a princess, regardless of her circumstances.

(Burnett KILLS it with the unlikable characters!) I liked the first half better than the second, probably because, again, the movie version of the story is just a lot more entertaining. It was good, and if I'd read the book first I wouldn't be judging it so harshly.

I believe this is the second classic that I have read ever( yeah, not a huge fan of classics :- ).The plot is a very simple one .But, as an old wise man once stated Mysteries and complexities have their own charm but sometimes the simplest stories are the nicest. It is the story of a little girl named Sara. What stands out though, is her unique way of dealing with these extraordinarily horrible circumstances .She uses make-beliefs to draw strength and cooks up stories to stay positive. Well, every story needs a villain.

Meet the characters: Sara aka the Little Princess is described as (and I'm only using words specifically written in the book): thin, pale, with striking green eyes too big for her face (now I know where so many YA heroine's descriptions come from LOL), clever, good, serious, quick at her lessons, proud, brave, generous, hospitable, unconquerable, amiable, good-tempered, having good manners. Sara's father is described as young, beautiful, nice and clever. Ermengarde (aka Sara's best friend) is explicitly described as: fat, stupid, not clever, having a slow little mind, vulgar, forgetful and forgettable. Beckie aka the servant, another Sara's friend. Miss Minchin aka the headmistress is described as rude, acid, harsh, domineering, hard-hearted, mean, vulgar. Is that very clever?) 2) Sara's friends are all fat and stupid, and their only redeeming quality is the fact that they worship her and trail her like puppies with unwavering loyalty and admiration. So. Sara is awesome and rich. Yup, Sara never changes in her awesomeness, she doesn't need a character arc. Everyone keeps beating themselves up about how much Sara is working (at the time she is poor), but no one pays any mind to Becky, who is of comparable age and actually works more and also harder. Miss Minchin is portrayed as some sort of monster, because she made Sara work when she turned from crazy rich to a beggar. Sara is in fact indebted to Minchin, because not only did her father not pay forward, he also didn't cover some large bills. Minchin does a good thing not throwing Sara out and also adapting her to a change of station.

Some books dont hold up well over time. The more I go through in my life, the more I respect little Sara Crewe, a little princess if ever there was one, and how she handled everything both happy or horrific that life threw her way. I dont want to say much about the story, though I know its a classic and thus the plot is probably already known to anyone who reads this review. Its short and its lovely and it reminds readers that the way we view ourselves and the actions spawned from that view truly matters. And if your memory should fail, let little Sara Crewe remind you.

Meeting the real Sara for the first time it was a completely different experience for me, It makes me feel really old :( Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book.

Following her great success as a novelist, playwright, and children's author, Burnett maintained homes in both England and America, traveling back and forth quite frequently.