What Is "A Little Princess" About?


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Frances Hodgson Burnett's "A Little Princess" is a book about a 7-year-old girl named Sara who is sent to live at a boarding school while her father takes part on an expedition with a friend and business partner. Sara is treated well at the boarding school due to her father's wealth, until the school's headmistress, Miss Minchin, receives word that Sara's father has died. His estate is rendered insolvent, and Miss Minchin no longer treats Sarah as a student but as an abused maid.

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Before Sarah's father dies, all of the girls at the boarding school consider her a princess due to her beautiful wardrobe and collection of dolls. Sarah still considers herself a princess even after she is mistreated by Miss Minchin, and no longer has her father's money.

One day, Sara meets a man living next door who coincidentally was her father's childhood friend and business partner. This man ultimately decides to take Sara in and restore her fortune. Sara moves in with him, and donates some of her recovered money to a baker to ensure he provides food to any hungry child in the city.

The book "A Little Princess" was also written as a play by Burnett, and in 1995 was turned into a major motion picture.

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