A Little Princess

A Little Princess
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett

My Recommended Age: 12 and up

How did I make it to my mid-thirties without ever reading/hearing/or seeing A Little Princess?  There are so many versions of this story, my entire book club could each pick one and we still wouldn't cover them all!

Sara is the daughter of a wealthy gentleman who showers her with love and a life of privilege.  However, when he suddenly dies and leaves her with nothing, she is left at the mercy of her school mistress. Fortunately, her spirit is bigger than even she knew!

I read the original classic version and thoroughly enjoyed it! My daughter has the abridged easy reader version and it is also one of her favorites. It is such a sweet story!  The language is not difficult, although there are times when it reads like a novel written in the early 1900's. (That may sound obvious as it was written in 1905, but still...)

I haven't seen any of the movies, so I think I will start with the Shirley Temple version and go from there. If there are any I should skip, feel free to let me know.   

Happy Reading

1 comment:

  1. Our family all loves A Little Princess (1995) movie version (it's one of my husband's favorites--in the art film category). link at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Little_Princess_(1995_film). It has such a magical feel and is quite beautiful.

    Another story I have been listening to and think it is abyssmal is The Perils of Peppermints. It seems to be an attempt to merge A Little Princess with A Series of Unfortunate Events or a Roald Dahl type exaggerated tale. Maybe I was caught unaware that is what it is supposed to be, but even my kids have been unimpressed with the snippets they have heard. My 14-year old asked why it repeats itself so much. And the reader's voice sounds like the Mrs. Minchin character in A Little Princess movie. Weird. I probably am missing the humor in it, since of course, Matilda, for example, definitely has its moments. Well, sorry for the digression!


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