A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Tasha Tudor (illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars
Little Sara Crewe is wealthy heiress, and she is treated like a princess at Miss Minchin’s boarding school for girls. Her father loses all his money and dies abroad, so Sara is forced to work as a servant. But she never stops behaving like a noble princess with kindness and generosity to everyone.
I always love rereading this book. Sara has such a gentle personality, and she’s so intelligent and adorable. I love how imaginative she is and how she is always making up stories and living inside her head. She has a marvelous intuition about people around her, and she can see through their facades right to their heart.
I love the amusing supporting characters. Ermingarde, Becky, and little Lottie are all starving for acceptance and love, and Sara gives them the loving friendship and loyalty they are craving.
The plot is wonderful too. There is never a dull moment, and I enjoy reading about all the details of the story as Sara adjusts to her new life as a poor drudge in the kitchen. It’s exciting to meet Ram Dass and the Indian gentleman next door to the school, and all the magic they create for little Sara.
I love the writing style and the light tone of the story. It deals with somber themes of poverty and death, but the story is bright and funny too. This book is always a delight!