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Editorial Reviews

Sara Crewe had a privileged life until her father died, and she went from princess to pauper. Listeners will experience the drastic changes in Sara's life as narrator Virginia Leishman captures the treatment she receives from those around her before and after she becomes penniless. Particularly nasty is schoolmistress Miss Minchin, whose voice drips with contempt. Sara herself acts and sounds like a real princess particularly when she gives up her precious hot buns to a cold, homeless child. Leishman's delivery changes yet again as Sara's fortunes are altered for the better. Listeners will be enriched by this riches to rags, and then back to riches, story.

Publisher's Summary

Ten-year-old Sarah Crue lives life like a princess until tragedy strikes, taking away her fine clothes and privileges. Without her velvet and silk and French maids, she's no longer the envy of all the girls at Miss Minchin's London boarding school, and even has to live in the school's attic, working for the students who were once her friends. Will Sarah's spirit remain unbowed? Follow her through her trials and triumphs in this unforgettable tale beloved by children the world over.

Public Domain (P)2005 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"A blend of power, beauty, vivid interest and honest goodness. Yes, if this is magic, it is good magic." (The New York Times)

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Credit Worthy Narration

Virginia's Leishman's narration is excellent, as is the audio quality. I already own another recording, but I purchased this one because it was available in a better quality. A wonderful story of a little girl's character tested in the face of adversity. Its one of the select few audiobooks that I always keep on my ipod, so that I may listen to random selections.

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One of our Family Classics

When I was young, my mother gave me this book for Christmas. I still have it. She was given a copy from one of her older sisters when SHE was young. It was quite a treat in a time when treats were few; she could escape with Sara from their poverty that necessitated raising chickens behind the house, among other things. They weren't raised for eggs, but fattened in Chicago, not on a farm or in a rural area.
After reading this wonderful story my mother, as a girl, thought all things were possible. I derived the same secret and exciting thought. She wasn't wearing clothing handed down and patched wool stockings; I wasn't wearing things my mom got at the informal neighborhood swap. No, we were wearing beautiful clothing underneath. We could always be kind when someone was mean because we knew who we really were, despite the evil child who socked me in the stomach, and the nasty boy who chased her with a snapping turtle. Many times I remember wishing the floor would open and swallow me. But then I would remember who I really was (or could be) and life would go on as it always did.
Children seem to grow up so fast now, they don't get a chance to imagine and pretend; I gave a copy of this book to each of my nieces when they needed some extra joy and distraction. Psychologists may say the basic unlikeliness of the happy ending is a warped crutch. I thought it was a beautiful tale and if Sara could be happy while waiting for her fondest wish to be granted, couldn't I? So there!

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Indulge yourself with this one, but bring Kleenex.

The Little Princess is a fantastic novel, offered here with excellent narration. It is an often overlooked classic, but a story that touches the heart and spirit of the child within us all. Wow...that really sounded cheesy. Well, it is in a good way.

It's a Cinderella story without the romance, with less magic and more imagination. A little girl, who appears to be a princess on the outside, has her outwardly riches stripped away. Yet, she is able to remain a "princess," despite dire circumstances, through the strength and beauty within her. It does have a happy ending and all of her efforts to stay true to herself are rewarded in the end. Granted, many of the rewards are back to the physical, but she finally gets the answer to an early question of whether she would stay a princess if luck had changed her fortune and she was met with adversity instead of everything she wanted.

It may have been required reading in your school, but it is still definitely worth a credit!

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Why didn't I read this sooner???

THIS WAS THE CUTEST SWEETEST THING IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!! EVERYONE READ IT READ IT READ IT READ IT!!!!! *throws hearts and sparkles everywhere*

Seriously, I recommend this whether you are old or young. Sarah was a wonderful, admirable, heroine and I adored how she held on to her identity and showed kindness and love to others no matter how bad her own situation was. She even continued to be generous when she herself had almost nothing to give. Even when she got mad, or scared, she didn’t let it make her bitter, or make her lash out at people, not even at those who were the ones treating her badly. Such an attitude is one we could all learn from, especially in this day and age. It’s an excellent story, and I loved every moment of it. The narrator had the perfect voice for a story like this, too, and I felt she added charm to an already charming story.

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A great listen for any age

I enjoyed listening to this book. It was easy to follow along too and the narrator has an easy and enjoyable voice to listen to. I suggest this book for any age.

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really a great read.

we really enjoyed the book. we were excited about book time. looking forward to each chapter. the lead character is a wonderful role model for kids. she is ever calm and kind.

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Powerful Princess Practice

The narrator was marvelous for this book. I was in rather a crisis when I began listening, and I found it immensely uplifting. I looked up the author, who also wrote The Secret Garden. Burnett was interested in the beginnings of New Age religious thought including Unity and Christian Science, Religious Science and such marvelous teachers, eventually, as Louise Hay. The founders of these faiths studied the Bible and the career of Jesus. Even today people are asking "What would Jesus do?" We are still wondering how He performed those amazing healings in the Bible. So critics can make fun of positive thinking and magical thinking, but if even the tiniest speck of inspiration can leaven an entire life and lift a person, I say bring it on! This is a children's book for everyone. It is not preachy and not religious. It simply tells how the child heroine went from fortunate to miserable and back to fortunate. She had a sweet nature to begin with. And she continued to act like a princess, even dressed in rags. Recently I enjoyed and reviewed a similar book which was a true story: Bryce Courtenay's Jessica. Her mother lied, stole her baby, and covered up and even had her committed to a mental institution where Jessica smiled and helped the other inmates to heal and was such a force for good that one good thing led to another and she was eventually released. And so with our little fictional girl, Sara. Many of us are suffering under stupid nasty people on power trips, tightening rules just for fun, bullying and playing favorites, lying and cheating in so many ways. So I enjoyed seeing the head of the terrible school made uncomfortable and in danger of losing her business. Even when there are no diamond mines to pay off, "possibility thinking" or creative envisioning can help nearly all of us to improve our lives. As for the voice of Becky, of course she was low class and spoke with a Cockney accent. The narrator did this very well. So many of us are quitting FaceBook as the ego trips, abuse and rudeness reach new heights. I tend to not have a ready answer, which is probably best. Then that night I can't sleep. If listeners can discuss how a princess would act in the face of some outrage, this will be very helpful for everyone, strengthen our boundaries and calm our sleep. Listen twice!

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Excellent performance!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had only seen the movie before and the book was delightfully different! The narration was excellent and made the story even more interesting. So original and engaging!

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It is everything thing I remember.

the narrator is perfect for the story. wonderful performance bringing to life one of my favorite books from childhood.

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JSB

Absolutely delightful! Such beauty! I’m still in awe. This novel (and narration) truly is a work of art.