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  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Thus edition (September 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060278919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060278915
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,762,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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''What little girl would not be delighted to discover that a beloved adult believes she shares Sara Crewe's wonderful imagination, wit, and courage when she receives a tape of A Little Princess?'' --Book Links

''(Narrator) Johanna Ward has a slight British accent, which is easy to listen to. She gives a smooth, thoughtful reading and interprets the characters with ease. This is a delightful audio production of Burnett's classic.'' --AudioFile

''(Narrator) Johanna Ward has a slight British accent, which is easy to listen to. She gives a smooth, thoughtful reading and interprets the characters with ease. This is a delightful audio production of Burnett's classic.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I first read this book when I was 13 years old.
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Sara Crewe will make you want to act like a princess.
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It's a beautiful story and the writing is great!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LiipGLoss BeaUTie on June 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have four words to say... I loved this book! It was an amazing book. It taught me many, many valuable lessons.

A young little girl named Sara Crewe, daughter of Captain Crewe, is an only child who was always treated like royalty. Her father was a very wealthy man and the two lived in India. Sara's father had to go to war so she was sent to Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies. There, Sara was also treated like royalty. Sad to say, Sara's father had died and at that moment, Miss Minchin turned Sara from riches to rags. Sara has always been a wise, smart, independent- spirited girl who would stand tall and believe in what's right. Whenever something went wrong Sara always turned the negatives into something positive. Sara made many friends, one of them being a rat. Another friend is a man that moved near Miss Minchin's Seminary, and made Sara's life a little bit better.

Sara found out why this man had moved here from India. The reason was he was in search of a certain young girl.

I do not want to give the ending away but I strongly believe anyone who reads this novel, will enjoy it as much as I did.

I feel this book was interesting, sad, emotional, fun, spritual, exciting and shocking all at the same time. That is why this is such a great book to read.

Check this book out and you too will love it!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keith A. Mather on October 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"A Little Princess" is one of the most wonderful, most magical books ever to be found in the world of literature--and you don't have to be a little kid to enjoy it. This book appeals to people of all ages. You don't even have to be a little girl, either. Boys will likely find this book charming as well. It's full of warmth, charm, hardship, and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Sara Crewe, a young and tenderhearted girl with a wealthy and devoted father, is sent to London to go to school. Her father has always given her everything she's ever wanted, but now he must go to India to attend to some important business affairs, leaving his only child in the care of Miss Minchin, the strict and hard-hearted headmistress of the school.

Although Miss Minchin is inwardly resentful towards Sara, she makes the girl's stay at school as pleasant as is humanly possible. Some of the other girls harbor the same cold feelings as their headmistress, but many others look up to her, mainly Ermengarde, one of the most unpopular girls in the whole school; Becky, the poor and friendless scullery maid; and Lottie, a motherless and highly spoiled young child.

At first everything is going just fine, but then Sara's whole world comes crashing down when she receives word that her father is dead, and that her entire fortune has seemingly disappeared. Miss Minchin permits Sara to stay, but she forces the poor girl to work as a maid, and threatens to turn her into the streets if she does not do exactly as she is told. Life for Sara, as you can well imagine, becomes very bleak.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Glennon on October 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm so glad my niece recommended I read this.  It makes me want to be a better person  Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
In my opinion, every little girl should have a copy of Francis Hodgson Burnett's "A Little Princess", and it's hard to imagine any one of them not being utterly captivated by it. There's no reason for boys not to enjoy it too, but for girls this story is almost a rite of passage; a reverse-Cinderella story that speak of resilience, kindness, imagination, faith, dignity and courage in the face of grief and despair. Okay, maybe I'm just projecting my own childhood memories onto it, but there are certainly worse things that you could make a part of your child's formative years.

Sara Crewe is a precocious seven-year old at the start of the story, brought to England from India by her father Captain Crewe to attend a girl's school. There she is put into the care of the strict Miss Minchin and her sister Amelia, and almost immediately becomes the darling of the school. The first page of the book provides a compelling description of her: "She stared out of the window at the passing people with a queer old-fashioned thoughtfulness in her big eyes. She was such a little girl that one did not expect to see such a look on her small face. It would have been an old look for a child of twelve, and Sara Crewe was only seven. The fact was, however, that she was always dreaming and thinking odd things, and could not herself remember any time when she had not been thinking things about grown-up people and the world they belonged to. She felt as if she had lived a long, long time."

Though she is afforded every luxury, she's not at all spoiled, and makes friends with everyone from the tantrum-throwing Lottie, to the dull and slow Ermengarde, to the scullery maid Becky.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vaibhav Sharma on February 20, 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
Tough time never last, tough people do is the underlying message, which the author tries to portray through this novel. This is a very beautiful attempt to mesh all the various values, various morals in a story so as to appeal intuitively to the children. Another main idea in this book is that faith can move mountains and further faith in yourself can change bad time to good and can actually turn the unpleasant things around you into pleasant ones.
The author has choosen Sara Crew as the central character moving her from good days to bad days and then back to good days. In these three phases of the novel the author has outlined for children, what it takes to be good during such times.
In the good days author tells children not to be an egotist; never look down upon others be it your classmate or even a scullery-maid; never disrespect your teachers, no matter how much you dislike them. Even if you have everything in the world, which others can only wish, still be kind and helpful to others. Sharing brings joys more than any amount of consolidated wealth ever can.
Even if you are intelligent don't go around boasting, God has given you extra intelligence to share it with the less privileged ones. Above all children have one wonderful gift, which we adults loose somewhere during our growing years and that is IMAGINATION. The author subtly describes the power of imagination.
In just one stroke of luck (or say with pen) the author tries to show how one second is more than enough for fortunes to be changed. Within a moment our little princess is reduced to a pauper and has nothing but a doll left with her.
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