A Little Princess

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Girl's vivid imagination, kindness enrich all-time classic.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 10+

A Lesson In Good Naturedness

A book with a message that inspires goodness in children up to 100 years.

This title has:

Great messages
age 9+
Parents need to know that this novel is a "beautiful, old-fashioned story with a complicated heroine," according to the site's expert review. The book is fine throughout, but Sara does lose her parents and is mistreated by Miss Minchin, which could upset younger children. This classic novel also has some outdated attitudes. Becky asks Sara if a new neighbor is a "Chinee" because, as the book says, his skin is "yellow." Sara remembers her time living in India, where she had an "ayah who adored her" and "servants bowed to her." These passages use racial stereotypes, ranging from fine to slightly racist.

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Educational value
Great role models

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