A little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett is the touching tale of
Sara Crewe, a seven year old who has been treated like a princess all
her life by her doting father. The story begins where Sara and her
father are arriving in London after traveling all the way from India,
where she has lived all her life.
Her father, a rich Englishman, wants his little daughter to go to
a boarding school back home in England. Thus begins this story, which
is at times tragic and at other times sweet.
Life is not always a bed of roses for little Sara and she soon learns
the value of kindness, fantasy and her own inner strength. Later in the
story Sara receives news that her father has died and is cast aside by
those who used to treat her like royalty, she befriends a little girl
who is a servant at the school and goes through hard times and some
pretty amazing times as well before she finds what she is looking for.
This is a beautifully crafted story for all children to read, it deals
with issues that still touch our everyday lives and is told in a
tasteful and exciting manner so that the reader’s attention is always
completely on the book. This jewel should be in the book collection of
all little readers.
I give it five stars.