Wednesday 17 July 2013

Ladybird Tuesday - A Little Princess

I found this Ladybird book - A Little Princess, from series 740 - Ladybird Children's Classics - in a charity shop the other day and I knew that I had to buy it. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett is one of my very favourite books. In this edition the story has been retold by Joan Collins to make it suitable for very young readers. It has plenty of gorgeous illustrations by Shirley Tourret to keep even the youngest readers interested.

Ladybird A Little Princess book

The story tells the tale of Sara Crewe, sent away from her father in India to school in England. When he dies she is forced to work as a poor servant in the school, but her lively imagination keeps her going and through her kindness to others she is able to find happiness again.

Ladybird A Little Princess book

I'm quite familiar with the original book and this is a very faithful retelling. Although aimed at younger readers, the language is advanced and in keeping with the period in which the book is set. It's a lovely story, and it always brings a tear to my eye at the end. I'm looking forward to reading it with Harry one day and hopefully inspiring him to read the original version when he is older.

Ladybird A Little Princess book

If you love Ladybird books, do pop over and visit Ladybird Tuesday, where Being Mrs C is assembling a really comprehensive catalogue of Ladybird books and reviews.

Below you can find links to all my Ladybird Tuesday book posts.

Snow White and Rose Red
Hansel and Gretel
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
The Three Little Pigs
The Old Woman and her Pig
Little Red Riding Hood
The Ugly Duckling
The Railway Children
A Little Princess
A First book of Aesop's Fables

A Ladybird Book about Knitting
More Things to Make - For Special Occasions
Easy to Make Puppets
Learning to Sew
Stamp Collecting
Tricks and Magic

Prehistoric Animals and Fossils
Stone Age Man in Britain
Great Civilisations - Crete
Charles Dickens
Lives of the Great Composers Book 1
Lives of the Great Composers Book 2
The Story of Music

Plants and How They Grow
The Ladybird Book of the Night Sky
Sea and Air Mammals
The Farm

The Story of Nuclear Power
The Motor Car
How it Works - The Computer
How it Works - The Rocket
The Story of Ships
The Postman and the Postal Service
People at Work - The Nurse

Understanding Numbers
Talkabout Clothes
Going to School
Teaching Reading

Stories of Special Days and Customs
Christmas Customs

Girls and Boys - A Ladybird Book of Childhood


  1. A Little Princess is also one of my favourite books and I started reading it to B recently, but at 4 she was too young. I will be looking out for this version as hopefully it will hold her attention more.

  2. It's such a lovely book! Yes, 4 is probably too young for the full version, but it sounds as though this one would be perfect, I hope that you're able to find a copy!

  3. Lovely book, this story sounds familiar, as do the pictures. I'll have to find a copy!


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