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DOWNLOAD Ó A Little Princess õ 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 This Unique And Fully Annotated Edition Appends Excerpts From Frances Hodgson Burnett S Original Novella Sara Crewe And The Stage Play That Preceded The Novel, As Well As An Early Story, Behind The White Brick, Allowing Readers To See How A Little Princess Evolved In His Delightful Introduction, U C Knoepflmacher Considers The Fairy Tale Allusions And Literary Touchstones That Place The Book Among The Major Works Of Victorian Literature, And Shows It To Be An Exceptionally Rich And Resonant Novel A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett is the story of a little girl Sara whose father s bankruptcy and death leave her impoverished, alone, and at the mercy of the evil Miss Minchin, i didn t read the book when i was a child but i loved the animation adaptation of Burnett s book when I did read it Meeting the real Sara for the first time it was a completely different experience for me, It makes me feel really old Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage It makes me feel as if something had hit me, Sara had told Ermengarde once in confidence And as if I want to hit back I have to remember things quickly to keep from saying something ill tempered. Oh my goodness I absolutely adored this This brought me right back to childhood since I loved the movie as a kid, so glad the book is just as good My mother thought it completely foolish of me to buy a hardcover book and then finish it in one night these were the days before Harry Potter and, besides, we had enough books in our house, in her opinion But I loved owning this edition with its gorgeous images and, when I gave it to my younger cousins in Singapore, believing myself ready to part with my childhood attachment to a book I wouldn t ever forget, I did mourn its loss, though I was a teenager by then and studying the dead white male canon I m an awful person, I know, but when I visited my family in Singapore the year before I graduated from college, I noticed the book on their shelf and asked to see it, and my aunt, noticing how my face lit up, asked if I wanted it back Really You mean it Is that OK Of course, why wouldn t it be Are you sure Oh, but I m awful I guess I didn t know how much it meant to me You re so wonderful What can I give you I forget what I gave them in exchange, but it certainly held no value compared to this book Not to be too psychoanalytical, but I suppose my reclaiming the book was a silent protest against my mother and my unconsciously wanting to reconnect with my father, from whom I d inherited my love of books I haven t changed much in all these years. 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.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 , 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 She s the kind of person I wish to become one day.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 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.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.