The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett is about an English child named Sara Crew who attends Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies. While away, Sara’s father invests all his money into diamonds but discovers that there are no diamonds and is ruined. He later passes away leaving no money to take care of Sara. Miss Minchin, the head mistress, takes Sara in as cheap labor and abuses her. Sara is starved and everything she once had is taken away. However, a mysterious stranger takes pity on her and send Sara food and other gifts. (SPOILERS) One day Sara goes to the house next door to the school to return to the neighbor’s pet and discovers that the neighbor was her father’s business partner in the diamond mines. She is told that after her father passed away diamonds were found in the mines that he invested in and that she gets all the money. She later learns that the person who had been sending her all the gifts had also been the neighbor.
Something I found interesting about about The Little Princess was how many coincidences there were in the books. One of the biggest coincidences is the fact that the neighbor, who had been sending Sara gifts, was actually her father’s business partner who had been searching for her. The ending had just been too perfect with too many perfect coincidences.
Overall, The Little Princess is well written and I would recommend for anyone. However girls may find it more enjoyable to read. The reason I gave The Little Princess seven out of ten stars is because I didn’t personally enjoy how tidy and perfect everything was in the end.
Everything considered The Little Princess was a good, quick read that anyone can enjoy.