Written by British-born author Frances Hodgson Burnett and first published in 1905, "A Little Princess" tells the story of young Sara Crewe, privileged daughter of a wealthy diamond merchant. All the other girls at Miss Minchin's school treat Sara as if she truly were a princess. But when Captain Crewe's fortune is sadly lost, Sara's luck changes. ...
Written by British-born author Frances Hodgson Burnett and first published in 1905, "A Little Princess" tells the story of young Sara Crewe, privileged daughter of a wealthy diamond merchant. All the other girls at Miss Minchin's school treat Sara as if she truly were a princess. But when Captain Crewe's fortune is sadly lost, Sara's luck changes. Suddenly she is treated no better than a scullery maid. Her own fierce determination to maintain her dignity and remain a princess inside has intrigued and delighted readers for almost a hundred years, even inspiring a recent popular feature film.
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The Little Princess is certainly a timeless book. I read it as a young girl and just recently finished reading it again with my daughter. Immediately upon finishing the last chapter, I surprised my daughter with the movie DVD. (Alibris has both!). The storyline and vocabulary is refreshingly innocent yet still relevant. The novel was written in 1905 and I discovered that girls have not changed! The novel features a strong, leading girl who struggles to maintain her standards and values in the face of adversity. The story takes place in a boarding school with the same wide spectrum of girl "stereotypes" that your child will encounter in 2008! Enjoy and discuss....
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