- Paperback: 122 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503250474
- ISBN-13: 978-1503250475
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 272 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Little Princess Paperback – November 6, 2018
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About the Author
Frances Hodgson Burnett is the award-winning author of such children s classics as The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and A Little Princess. Born in Manchester, England in 1849, Burnett immigrated with her family to Knoxville, Tennessee, at the age of sixteen, and there began her career writing stories for magazines, eventually publishing her first novel, That Lass o Lowries, in 1877. The publication of Little Lord Fauntleroy in 1886 cemented her popularity as a children s author, although she continued to write adult fiction as well. Frances Burnett Hodgson died in Long Island in 1924.
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Or more truthfully, if you are nice, good things well eventually happen for you, after you have suffered for a while to prove to the universe that you are worthy...even if you are a simple servant and not just a member of the privileged class.
I first read this on a rainy weekend in middle school, and I just re read it again today. I still love it, and it still made me cry, though unsurprisingly, not at the same parts I did as a child. As I child I cried at the injustice of what was happening to Sarah, as an adult I cried at the harshness of the world and the terrible beauty of small acts of kindness.
This is a book about never giving up hope. All in all, it was a good way to spend the day.
It tells the story of Sara Crewe at an English boarding school in the 1800's. The school is for daughter's of the wealthy and Sara's father was extremely wealthy. The owner of the school didn't like Sara very much, but had to treat her nicely because of how much money her father was paying the school.
After 4 years at the school, during Sara's 12th birthday party, the owner found out that Sara's father had died and had lost all of his money. Since it would have looked badly to have turned this little girl out into the street she turned her into a servant. Sara now slept in an unheated attic, wore clothes that were too small for her, was out running errands in all weather and was given little food to eat.
Sara used her imagination to help her get through all of this.
Next door to the school, a gentleman from India moved in and was looking for the daughter of his friend who had died two years earlier. Yes, that daughter was Sara. It took a while to find out that she was living next door, but in the meantime he was gifting Sara (The Little Girl in the Attic, as he put it) with bedding, food and warm fires.
It is, in the end, a sweet little story. The physical child abuse was not much (this isn't even close to a Dickens novel!), just being misused. No beatings for Sara although the little girl in the next attic room was hit several times near the end of the story.
I actually decided to listen to this because Shirley Temple, who starred in the movie, passed away that day. It’s quite similar to the movie, albeit with a few major alterations in the plot. Frances Hodgson Burnett was an excellent writer (THE SECRET GARDEN is a favorite of mine), and although this novel is very old-fashioned and the plot is fraught with coincidence, I still enjoyed it greatly. Ms. Lieshman’s narration is excellent.