Little Princess, A (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

Little Princess, A (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

SIGHTS & SOUNDS:  Follow A LITTLE PRINCESS (LitWits Workshops) on Pinterest

ACTIVITY IDEAS from the LitWits experience:

 We designed Sara’s attic bedroom in miniature with our own palette of fabrics, illustrated our own covers for the book, sampled a hamper full of tasty delights just like the one Ermengarde shared with Becky and Sara, listened to the sound of London’s scurrying rats, wrote Sara’s imaginary “thank you” note to Miss Minchin, tried out some French phrases, heard about the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille, discussed the plight of street children in Victorian London and imagined Sara’s future philanthropic works.  We mapped the arc of the story, wrote about how Sara might have acted in the story if she hadn’t been, truly, a “little princess” … and much more!

The LitWits enrichment guide is coming soon, complete with academic printables!
Workshop video coming soon!


About the Book

Reviews (Goodreads)
Blog post “Top 100 Children’s Novels #56″ (School Library Journal)
Blog post “A Princess Inside” by Lisa Francesca (LitWits)

About the Author

Short biography (Goodreads) 
Longer biography (The Literature Network)


Victorian imperialism (Norton Anthology of English Lit)
History of Bombay, now Mumbai (British Library)
Port of Bombay, c. 1890 (Old Indian Photos) 
Ayah with two British children (Old Indian Photos)


The yellow fog of london (Victorian History)
“Children in Victorian Britain” kid-friendly interactive site (BBC) 
“Victorian Schools” kid-friendly interactive site (BBC)

Story Supplements

Definition and origin of the word sahib (Collins)
Definition and origin of the word salaam (Collins) 
History of diamond mining in India
Geology of Indian diamond deposits (Alluvial Exploration & Mining)
History of Indian Lascars (Royal Museums Greenwich)
Overview of diamond industry, Cecil Rhodes
Jungle fever, aka malaria (Smithsonian)
Video of French lesson by kids for kids – 3:14
The Victorian Era – rich cross-subject resource (Victorian Web)



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