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Summary

Sara Crewe is the brightest, richest, and most generous girl in Miss Minchin’s school for girls, and her father gives her everything she might desire. But when her beloved father dies, Sara’s friends and prized possessions are suddenly taken away, and she is banished to the attic and forced to work as a common drudge. Fed only crumbs, she still saves enough to feed her pet rat, and she tells wonderful stories to comfort Becky, the kitchen maid. Using her special ability to play make-believe, she transforms her hardships into an unforgettable adventure. And soon, even her wildest wishes begin to come true, as her real identity is revealed once and for all.

This touching classic has been a favorite with generations of children and adults who have delighted in Sara’s happiness, wept over her sorrows, and perhaps shared her need: to be recognized as someone unique and special.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849 -1924) was an English-born author of romances and books for children. After moving to America in 1865, she established a popular reputation with the publication of That Lass o’ Lowrie’s in 1877. She is best known for such novels as Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Little Princess, and The Secret Garden.

Public Domain (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

“A beautiful tale of courage against adversity.” (Guardian, London)

“Johanna Ward...gives a smooth, thoughtful reading and interprets the characters with ease. This is a delightful audio production of Burnett’s classic.” (AudioFile)

“What little girl would not be delighted to discover that a beloved adult believes she shares Sara Crewe’s wonderful imagination, wit, and courage when she receives... A Little Princess?” (Booklinks)

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Fantastic!

We listened to this as a family on a long trip from London to Scotland. We are two boys (12 and 10), a girl (7), plus Mum and Dad. Comments from the family: “A brilliant story to listen with the family” (7year old); “A great, exciting story, full of surprises. I really liked it.” (10 year old): “I really enjoyed it and am glad I listened to it, even though I found it a little slow on n the middle. It’s also really really well read.” (12 yr old); “Beautifully written with lovely rich language and wonderful positive messages.” (Dad); “Wonderfully old fashioned, wholesome family read. A little predictable but who cares! It’s got all the ingredients of a great story - a loveable heroine, an evil adversary, joys and great losses restored by a happy endingWe all loved it and it provided much food for conversation - especially around the rich vocabulary.” ( Mum). We highly recommend it.

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A touching story

I am a 36-year old scientist, yet on many occassions, while listening to this book, my eyes filled with tears. Let that testimony serve as a review of this wonderful and touching story.

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  • 14-02-14

Awful narration!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator's voice needs to be deleted and re-recorded with someone else at the helm.
This sounds like it's being read out by a computer! I can't stand it! My children won't entrain listening to it but I've had it too long to ask for a refund now. It's awful!

Would you ever listen to anything by Frances Hodgson Burnett again?

Yes, so long as the narrator is different

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It could be 100% better!

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wow

i loved it what an amazing story and i totally loved the ending too thanks.

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Wonderful

I loved this every bit as much as I did when I read it as a child. FHB has an amazing way with words, and her literary style is wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this book that I loved in my childhood.
The reading of it on the recording I found was better speeded up slightly. I listened to it at 1.3. This was a really good telling of the story.

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Good story I like it because the little princess is so like my Daughter

I also like it because Sarah crew is a kind little girl

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The voice sounded like a robot

The voice was so weird I missed the point of the little princess and I mite of like it if the voice did not sounded like a robot

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Heartwrenching and beautiful

At first I was a bit put off by the similarities between this one and The Secret Garden. That changed however as I kept on listening. The story is very sad and I wouldn't recommend it for children under the age of 10, since it deals with heavy topics. The story itself is great but what really makes it come to life is Johanna Wards voice. I chose the book just because of her narration and wasn't disappointed.

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Most enjoyable. Appeals to children of different

Most enjoyable. Appeals to children of different age groups as well as adults including, believe it or not, men.

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lovely story 😃😭😖😍💜

I loved the story line and the voice is clear all the way through.👍 I highly recommend it for a child around the age of 12.

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  • 28-09-16

Delightful!!!!

I could not put it down and it made me so happy!! This book is a wonderful antidote for sadness.

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  • Keith Salender
  • 19-07-21

I'm not crying😭😭😭😭 You're crying!!!

it's short it's sweet and it's hard not to love it.
easy read for a child but engaging enough for a sappy 42 year old.

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  • Carol Smithson
  • 15-01-21

Called a classic for good reason.

This well written story has a cross generational appeal. I recommend it for ages six and up. Great book for grandparents to share.

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  • G. Clapp
  • 09-01-21

Lovely book with good values

It is rare to find a book full of courage, strength, grace, and love in the face of adversity today. We should all be sharing classic books like this with our children.

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  • CKel
  • 29-10-20

Delightful and Warming

This story will warm your heart. Frances Hodgson Burnett had a colorful imagination that will take you to far away places with her stories. I can’t get enough.

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  • Chandler Sosebee
  • 21-07-21

Poor Recording

Loved the story and the performance, but the recording has an echo on it and it’s quite distracting 😞 I hope they fix this!

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  • Sara Rhiannon Jade Rademacher
  • 09-07-21

My favorite story

My name is Sara and I have always loved this story. I never knew it was a book and to find it on here was a joy I cannot describe. It was read beautifully and I will listen yo it again, even though the sad parts are aleays hard to hear or even read. Lovely job and I hoghly recommend it! I also recommend the movies that were made on it, slightly happier than the book but all of the ways Ive heard/seen this tale fill me with happiness and hope for humanity. Signed, a not so little princess

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  • Maui Surfer
  • 10-06-21

We loved this book!

My daughter and I listen to books in the car, and this was such a treasure. It teaches so many valuable lessons to children, and the overall goodness of just being kind. After reading this book, we made a list of ways we can help others and animals, and we plan to do what we can. A really valuable and enjoyable listen!

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  • Elizabeth
  • 19-05-21

Great narration of a great story

This book is a classic, and Johanna Ward does a great job of bringing it to life.

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  • anonymous
  • 21-11-21

Enjoyable listen

Loved listening to A Little Princes by Johanna Ward. What a wonderful narrator and a job well done!