Review: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett


A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: borrowed
First Publication Date: 1905
POV: 3rd person
Pacing: okay
Genres & Themes: Classic, Historical Fiction, Children, Friendship, Family, Love.

BLURB:

Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl’s fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children’s literature.

REVIEW:

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The movie based on this classic was the first one ever gifted to me and that when I was eight years old. I’ve always had a thing for princess stories. They’re usually so beautiful and this is no exception.

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Although, Sara is not really a princess. But, seeing the way she acts with others, you may possibly think she is. She is kind, generous, and very mature for her age. When I first saw the movie, I was shocked. It was beautiful yet so sad and poignant and the little eight-year-old girl that I was did not understand everything. To be honest, the ending of the movie is quite abrupt and not very well-explained while in the book it is.

That said, reading the book was way better than watching the movie, as it usually is with classics and books in general. Everything is clear and explained and you get to see, even more, how Sara is one admirable girl and that she is someone people don’t forget after crossing her path. The things she does are impressive and the fact that she thinks about others before herself even more. She’s the kind of person I wish to become one day.

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Every sort of character is included in this story from the kindest to the coldest one. Miss Minchin was quite something. I rarely see such a woman that can be so cruel and cold-heartened. It’s very hard to like her but that doesn’t mean that her character was a weakness to the story since we need villains. The world and people living in it aren’t perfect and she, and some others, are the proof of it.

The story was wonderful and sad but it wasn’t what you may call a masterpiece. It was a good one, even though the plot has some repetitiveness. That’s why I can’t bring myself to give it a five star rating. Have I read this book when I was younger, I probably would have loved it even more but the seventeen-year-old that I am has read many other classics and must admit that this wasn’t comparable to Pride and Prejudice’s or Of Mice and Men’s plot quality for example (even though I know those are very different stories.) Although, the reason why I still liked this so much is because of all the beautiful themes that are included in the story. They can be heart-warming and at the same time heart-breaking but definitely definitely beautiful.

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The writing was very good and the atmosphere powerful. I’ve also read, by this author, The Secret Garden which I enjoyed although not as much as this one. Still, I can tell that this author had such a talent in creating and writing stories. I wish she was still alive for someone that has written such a story sure must be a kind and intelligent person.

By the way, a reason why I don’t hurry to read every classic existing is because I want to still have some to read when I’ll be sixty years old for they are, each one of them, precious and there aren’t that many of them, sadly.

A Little Princess deserves, in my opinion, to be read by every person in this world, boy or girl, man or woman. It is for everyone. If you’re looking for another classic with similar themes, you might want to check out Little Women as well, which was wonderful wonderful wonderful.

My review on Goodreads.

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23 thoughts on “Review: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  1. Oh I read this when I was young and loved it! What a fabulous, kickass heroine Sara was! I definitely agree with you on the fact that the plot isn’t as great as other books but it’s still a favourite of mine! I’m glad you enjoyed this one, girly! <333

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  2. Oh I love this story so much! I haven’t seen the movie but I used to see the anime when I was younger and loved it each time. I watched it over and over again. Now I want to try the book and the movie! Thank you!

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  3. wait a minute, wait a freaking minute…. the movie is based on a book?!!?!? why did I not know about this? that movie is one of my favourites! I’m gonna devour this ASAP! Very good review and I loved how you used gifs from the movie =)

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  4. A classic. I haven’t read the book but I watched the cartoon series way way back my childhood days. Oh, I miss those days. I remember myself crying when Sara’s father died and the series of unfortunate events that happened next. Ms. Minchin was my ultimate villain back then. haha. Thanks for sharing this Lola. Now that I remember this, I’m definitely up for a book hunt.

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  5. Doesn’t EVERY girl have a thing for princess stories? Hehe I’ve read Little Women, but oddly enough, never this one. I blame my French upbringing. After checking out your review, I feel like I’ve been missing out on Sara Crewe’s story my entire life, so thank you so much for bringing this book to my attention! I’ll make a point of tackling this one soon-ish. 🙂

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  6. I LOVED A LITTLE PRINCESS IT WAS MY FAVORITE MOVIE (it still is). I think I tried to read the classic in elementary school, but I couldn’t get through it (obviously). I definitely want to try it again 😀

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  7. Damn! I blame myself for never reading this one now. I have heard of it and I have heard interesting things about it, but I actually haven’t heard of the movie. Surprise, surprise. Anyhow yes for book being better than the movie and I’m not surprised. I’m so happy to see your amazing gif choice here 😉 Well done. Great review, Lola 🙂

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  8. I haven’t read the classic Lola, but I did see this movie and all your gifs are making me want to drop everything and watch it again immediately. I just love that movie so much (though I do agree things aren’t entirely explained in the end). I’ll have to pick the book up one day!!!!

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  9. Oh I remember reading this book ages ago! I actually wasn’t aware there was a movie but now that I know there is I definitely want to check it out! I remember loving Sara when I was younger and looking up to her! Lovely review 🙂

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  10. I loved this book when I was a little kid! The whole she’s rich, no she’s poor, no wait was really fun. I liked how it showed who her real friends were and since she was nice to everyone they were still nice to her. I read the secret garden when I was little too, but I don’t remember much about that one, so I must not have liked it as much. Yeah, the book is almost always better than the movie. Nice review! 🙂

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  11. This sounds like a really good book! I’ve never seen the movie either. I find a lot of movies really crap out the endings and make it either completely different or too vague for those who haven’t read it. It sounds like a really wonderful read especially for younger readers! Great review! 🙂

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  12. The Little Princess is such an amazing story, and although many of us are first introduced to its magic at an early age when someone reads it to/with us – this is the kind of story that’s even more poignant as an adult. Beautiful review, Lola!! Makes me want to pick it up soon and read it with my youngest daughter. I loved the story Little Women as well as a teen 🙂

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  13. What a coincidence! My theatre actually did a play of this in the spring, and I absolutely adored it. I loved the story when I was younger and the play was pheonominal too, and your review has just made me aching to reread this. Sara is such a strong, persistent young lady and I too aspire to be her. Thanks for sharing Lola and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <33

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  14. This was one of my favorites when I was a girl. I love that you’ve reviewed it like any other book. I agree that there’s no hurry to read all the classics. It’s actually good to be choosy since some will be more appealing at different times in your life.

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  15. Oh, I love this one! Sara is very famous here in the Philippines because in the 90’s there was this cartoon series based on the book, and also a Filipino version of the movie. So many kids wanted an attic bedroom because of this. I read the book when I was in high school and I agree, it was so much better than any other adaptations. Great review, Lola! 🙂

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