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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.

What the critics say

“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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  • Victoria Scully
  • 2016-09-28

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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  • Carol Smithson
  • 2021-01-15

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
  • 2021-01-09

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
  • 2020-10-29

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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  • Steve
  • 2021-01-04

Pure enjoyment!

Just what I needed right now, love and kindness when you least expect it. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

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  • Grandma Di
  • 2021-01-02

Great story

Very well read, made the story come alive! I love all of this authors books.

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  • Dustin
  • 2020-10-29

Love this story

I really love and enjoy the story. I just wish that her father would have still been alive like in the one movie I watched when I was a kid that made the story so much happier and it was really good and I enjoyed it

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  • Sohairko
  • 2020-09-23

Clear Pronunciation

I loved the intonation, pronunciation of words, and the overall performance .Recommended for all readers and listeners.

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  • moma
  • 2018-02-24

Between spiritual and bourgeois dream

I bought this book for my 8 year old daughter who is all in princess’s phantasies, to learn some more English. For this purpose the Little Princess is excellent, because it’s language is reach, but kind of easy to follow, since the story is interesting, the characters well developed, scenes so richly but not excessively described and chapters not to long. Her writing reminded me of Charles Dickens stories which I devoured so eagerly when I was a little older than my daughter is now... But on the other hand I don’t like this double moral standards and a hidden message than happiness is only permanent in lordly possessions.... All in all I believe it is a nice book for an 8 yer old princess ;)