A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett










A Little Princess is a novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was written in 1905. She was a British- American novelist and playwright. She was best known for three children’s novels:Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden. It is a revised and expanded version of Burnett’s 1888 short story entitled “Sara Crewe: or What happened at Miss Minchin’s”. The genre of the story is drama. This book was also converted into a movie. As it was written in 1905, the writing does not follow the smooth style of modern books, rather it is written in a very classic manner.

This story is about a young girl who migrates from India to London for pursuing a good career. She is very much attached to her dad as she lost her mother at a young age. Her father Captain Crewe treats her like a princess and also wishes that everyone else treatsher same. She joins in Miss Minchin Girls Boarding School. Sara is very intelligent, caring, helpful, and a very loving person by nature, she was treated like a princess in her school just because of her money. Captain Crewe ensured that she had the best of clothes, furniture, toys, accessories, etc. She also had a doll named “Emily” whom she treated like her sister. But after a few days when her father passed away she was treated like a slave by Miss Minchin. Many nights she had to starve with hunger. Sara very well quoted that “Whatever comes, cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I was dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one of all the time when no one knows it”. She never wished anything for herself.  Once she also helped an Indian who was Captain Crewe’s friend. He came in search of Sara for giving away the successful “Diamond mines” project money which they actually thought was unsuccessful.  Now Miss Minchin regretted for treating Sara in a harsh way. Sara again lived like a princess and never forgot her friends who were with here when she was actually feeling lonely.

The best thing about this book is that it is not only based on one theme rather it is based on several themes like isolation, friendship, jealously, courage, suffering, poverty, and finally transformation. It also teaches that even when life is not going the way we like it, we should still treat others the way we want to be treated. All in all, I would definitely suggest this to anyone who needs something inspiring or hopeful to read.

Sindhu Reddy



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