Written by British-born author Frances Hodgson Burnett and first published in 1905, â€˜A Little Princessâ€™ tells the story of young Sara Crewe, affluent daughter of a diamond merchant who was brought from India to London by her doting father to join Miss Minchinâ€™s school. While at first her life of privilege continues as she is treated like a princess, the tragic death of her father and failure of his business change everything. Faced with the worst tragedy that can befall an 11-year-old, descends into poverty and is forced to work as an ordinary servant, she needs all her audacity and imagination to remain a princess at heart. She rises above hardship with such grace which inspires all readers young and old alike.
This timeless tale of a poor orphan has won children's hearts for a centuryâ€”and continues to be a favourite. This is one of the best-loved stories in all of the childrenâ€™s literature.