Sara Crewe is one of those characters that is just impossible to dislike. Her poise, charm and selflessness have won the hearts of many over the years, earning her story a spot on our Top 100 Childrens Books list. Her story goes something like this: Sara’s dad is an extremely wealthy man currently living in India when he decides to move her back to London to attend boarding school. Sara is heartbroken at the thought of leaving her father, but she does her best to be a delight to her classmates and head mistress. When word comes that Sara’s dad has passed away, leaving her nothing, she is forced to be a servant to the school and live penniless in the attic. Never one to have her life dictated by money, she makes the best of it and befriends her fellow maid and continues to give the little that she has to those in need.
Even though her story is mostly sad (spoiler alert: there’s a positive ending!), Sara’s character shines through as a pure beacon of light in the midst of the darkness that is her life. She is a character that comes alive and will hopefully affect change in the lives of children for a long time to come. Her selfless acts and eagerness to please are beautiful and the reader cannot help but fall in love with the little princess.
A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Originally published in 1905