In Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, Sara Crewe arrives at her English Boarding School at the age of seven. Sara is treated like a little princess from the day she got to the school and everyone was envious of her fancy clothes that were “ridiculous for a child.” Her father, Captain Crewe, told the headmistress to give Sara anything she wanted. Though she was spoiled, Sara was always nice and polite and never had a bad temper. In the end, however, all is lost from her father’s investing in coalmines and his tragic death.
The setting of A Little Princess is around the early 1900s in England. Sara is by far the best-dressed girl in the school and is given the biggest and prettiest room, her own pony and carriage, a maid to wait on her, and the title given by the headmistress, Miss Minchin, the Star Pupil. She has an odd charm that makes everyone take a second look. She is slim, but tall for her age, and has and attractive little face. She has long thick hair, which is black and only curled at the tips. Her eyes are green-gray, and are beautiful and big. She has an imagination that is always running wild. Sara always tells stories to her friends, Ermengarde and Lottie. The person she is most fond of is Becky, the servant girl, whom she found sleeping in her chair. Sara felt sorry for the maltreated girl so she does not wake her. When she turns twelve, all of her fortune wastes away. Some news arrives and changes Sara’s life. She has lost all of her nice, expensive clothes, her maid, pony and carriage, and her beautiful, huge room.
In conclusion I thought that A Little Princess was great. I loved Frances Hodgson Burnett’s writing style and how she greatly described the events that happened in this book. The Frances Hodgson Burnett provides an intriguing and entertaining glimpse into the mind of girl who learns that if one uses her imagination, even the worst of situations can be made into the best.