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A Little Princess

Press:HarperCollins HarperCollins; First Thus edition (September 19, 2000)
Publication Date:2000-10-31
Author Name:Frances Hodgson Burnett


In this first-ever picture book adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess, Sara Crewe and nineteenth-century London come brilliantly alive under the expert hand of award-winning author and illustrator Barbara McClintock.When kindhearted Sara Crewe arrives at Miss Minchin's boarding school, she seems just like a teal little princess. 
Then a sudden misfortune turns her life upside down, and Sara is banished to the school's dreary attic and must work for her living.
It takes all of Sara's imagination and a little bit of magic to turn her misfortune around and prove she is, at heart, a little princess.
Frances Hodgson Burnett's story of how Sara Crewe survives hardship and finds happiness again was originally published in 1905 and has won the hearts of children the world over.
Now Barbara McClintock has captured the very essence of this unforgettable story in her lovingly detailed adaptation,


Bright, beautiful and enchanting ... 
--New York TimesA Little Princess exquisitely re-creates the ephemeral world of childhood, an enchanted kingdom where everything, even make-believe, seems possible ...
--Washington Post

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

Classics for Young Readers The timeless children’s classics have captured hearts for generations. 
For over a century, characters from these stories have served as models of integrity and honor for all children.
These editions preserve every detail of the original stories while featuring an accelerated pace, updated language, and full-page illustrations.
Every book has a companion study guide available.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

Sara Crewe is a gifted and well-mannered child, and Captain Crewe, her father, is an extraordinary wealthy man. 
So Miss Minchin, headmistress of Sara's new boarding school in London, is pleased to treat Sara as her star pupil--a pampered little princess.But suddenly, one dreadful day, Sara's world collapses around her.
All of her lovely things are taken from her and she is forbidden to associate with her friends.
Her father has died penniless in India.Miss Minchin can now show her greedy and meanspirited nature to its fullest.
The little princess is reduced to a shabby drudge.
But Sara does not break, and with the help of a monkey, an Indian lascar, and the strange, ailing gentleman next door, she not only survives her sufferings but help those around her.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Frances Hodgson Burnett was a born storyteller. 
Even as a young child, her greatest pleasure was in making up stories and acting them out, using her dolls as characters.
She wrote over forty books, including the classic A Little Princess, also illustrated by Tasha Tudor.Barbara McClintock has written and illustrated many acclaimed books for young readers, including Adèle & Simon, an ALA Notable Book, a Children's Book Sense Pick, and a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Dahlia, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book.
She lives in Windham, Connecticut.

From AudioFile

A magical story mainly for girls about 8 and up, A LITTLE PRINCESS is 80 minutes of escape from reality. 
You are transported to the streets of London around a hundred years ago.
Sarah Crewe, 7, a rich heiress, loses her fortune and then, after two years, gains it back again.
The actresses portraying Sarah and the head mistress, Miss Minchen, are especially captivating.
Some of the other students at the girls' academy are a bit of a stretch to understand, a little muffled and garbled.
There are horses hooves clomping, footsteps on the stairs and even a monkey snickering.
A delightful interlude for any cold or rainy afternoon.
(c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Comment List (Total:18)

  •     I remember when I first saw this book. I was burned out from all the required high school reading of all the typical Shakespearean BS. I started reading this book and I couldn't put it down. I think it's such a sweet classical read. Then I found out Shirley Temple had done a live musical adaptation and I had to check that out as well. I would like to read it to my nieces one day when they are old enough. I love old books like this that give you different perspective of what life was like for people during the industrial era. Only I guess this is more from Sara's perspective but it's very inclusive of other character's POV and does a good job putting them all together to make this one fairy tale-ish yet poignant picture of industrial life.

  •     Love the book so I knew I had to get this cute version of it. Not happy with the actual boom itself though. It appeared damaged in some places.

  •     A Little Princess is a literary classic. 5 stars for the story. When I found out my niece hadn't read it yet, I wanted to give her a copy of her own in hope that she might enjoy...

  •     A cute edition of a children's classic with a pretty cover obviously. It is printed in the USA so that's a bonus.

  •     I enjoyed reading this book. I like suspense

  •     Beautiful illustrations and a nice abridged version of the story. We got this from the library and my daughter(5) was so sad to take it back! We got it for her birthday.

  •     This was my favorite book when I was younger. A teacher, gave it to me as a gift. I was not big on reading when I was very small and my parents never thought I would actually get big into reading. This was one of the books that inspired me to read more. It's a perfect book for little girls who are just beginning to read and find joy in it. Whether you're reading it to them or they are reading on their own it is a great book and very inspirational. Remember all little girls are princesses.

  •     Buyer beware, I found a typo on page 84 in chapter seven where they misspell Lavinia's name by leaving out the second "I" .

  •     I thought this was an excellent audio rendering of a classic book. In my opinion, the narration was delightful!

  •     When I started reading this book to my three boys (ages 10, 9 and 6) there were many groans. They didn't want to read this "girl" book.

  •     A delightful Tale about a girl who never gives up hope and instant classic you'll love this classic book for your

  •     This book has familiar fairy tale figures, such as a wicked stepmother-like Miss Minchin, a fairy godfather, and an orphan protagonist who is a princess in disguise. It's the story of a little girl who endures some setbacks but reaches a happy ending not only for herself, but for those around her whom she helps even when she's pretty downtrodden.The writing is charming and Sara comes through as a person who is determined to maintain her values, through good times and bad. She has a definite personality and that is a good role model for any child. She stays true to her beliefs in being kind, mannerly, charitable and above all, herself.The magic in this book is unsurpassed in children's literature. When Sara comes home, wet and cold and neglected, to find that a magician has transformed her world, you can't help but be enchanted. I will admit to reading it again now and then as an adult. The charm is still there.Just a fun factoid; A Little Princess was originally a shorter story titled Sara Crewe, in a volume of children's novelettes by Burnett.

  •     This book is beautiful, emotional, inspiring. I want everyone I know to read this classic book. It has made me want to be a better person, and it's enjoyable fiction, not the boring self-help category!

  •     I enjoy reading stories about children and stories about the past and this book put them both together. Very well written with no grammatical errors and quite entertaining.

  •     This book was a favorite of mine in my childhood, and, when I returned as an adult to re-read it to my own daughter, I discovered it all over again.This is a story about a different kind of princess than one might imagine; a princess that is an orphan - lonely, cold, hungry and abused. Sara Crewe begins life as the beloved, pampered daughter of a rich man. When he dies a pauper, she is thrown on the non-existent mercy of her small-minded, mercenary boarding school mistress. Stripped of all her belongings but for one set of clothes and a doll, Sara becomes a servant of the household. Hated by the schoolmistress for her independent spirit, Sara becomes a pariah in the household, with only a few secretly loyal friends. But through her inner integrity and strength of will, Sara Crewe maintains the deportment, inner nobility and generous spirit of a "real" princess.It is a fabulous story of the triumph of human will, and good over evil.This story is a real classic, and needs no re-writing to be as enjoyable and readable today as it ever was. Ask my 8-year-old daughter, who has already re-read it twice. Accept no substitutes, re-writes, abridgements or copies! This is a work of art, and should not be tampered with.

  •     As noted in the product description, this is a shortened version of the classic story, written for new readers. There is nothing wrong with it, except that a lot of the magic of the original is in the details, which are rather left out here. A somewhat regretted purchase, because the classic version proved to be almost as easy to read, for a child who loves the discovery of reading, and much more interesting. Larger print is nice. There are no pictures in the paperback copy.

  •     Story was fine but I was expecting relevant illustrations throughout rather than a 'princess' image gallery at the close that provide two of Sleeping Beauty (one of which was cover art for an entirely different book not even titled the same), dated images from works by Shakespeare and two that weren't even princesses "Lady of Shalot" and "Ophelia from Hamlet." If you're of the same mind and want artwork to match the story line as I do then I would strongly suggest something other than "A Little Princess (Illustrated + Audio)" the non-deluxe version.

  •     Such a beautiful gift and wonderful story

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