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|Frances Hodgson Burnett|
- Reading level: Ages 9 and up
- Language: English
- Format: Paperback
- Number of Pages: 336
- Vendor: HarperCollins (December 9, 1998)
- Publication Date:
- ISBN-10: 0064401871:
- ISBN-13: 978-0064401876
- Author : Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess was originally written in 1888 and revised and expanded into it's present form in 1905. I almost think of Cinderella with a twist when I think of this book.
Sara Crew is a beautiful intelligent young daughter of a wealthy soldier stationed in India. She is sent to London to receive a formal education. Miss Minchin dislikes Sara from the start but tries to be on her side because of her fathers money.
During her stay at the school she celebrates her birthday and it is during this celebration that Miss Minchin is informed that Sara's father has died and there is no money in his estate. Sara is immediately stripped of all her possessions and sent to live in the atic with another young girl. The two become fast friends and work to keep the school clean. At night they share stories and vivid imaginary games become their comfort.
The story takes an interesting turn when the neighbour's butler takes an interest in the two little orphans living in the attic and blesses them with food, clothes etc.
By the end of the book Sara and her father are reunited and Sara's true character that of a Princess is revealed.
I love the romantic nature of this book and even more the depth of character revealed in Sara. Ms Burnett weaves a story of character and sit on the edge what's going to happen next book. Her wonderful vocabulary is enriching and so pleasant to read, but not so high that you need a dictionary to understand what you are reading. She is better known for her book The Secret Garden.
On a side note once we had read a couple of her books we were definitely spoilt and no longer could pallet reading "twaddle".
“Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
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