Sara Crewe was best friends with her father, a captain. They always walked around hand in hand, and her father would give little Sara her heart's desires. Then one day Sara's father drops her off at old Miss Minchin's boarding school in London. There she is spoiled with her own room, with... read more
This story is about a young girl and her father. When her father has to go off to a dimond mine, he sends his daughter to a school. Her father though gets sick and the dimond mine fails. The girl then has to work at the home or be thrown out on the street. In the end, all of the characters'... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
This story is about a young girl and her father. When her father has to go off to a dimond mine, he sends his daughter to a school. Her father though gets sick and the dimond mine fails. The girl then has to work at the home or be thrown out on the street. In the end, all of the characters' stories end happily, and they all lived happily ever after.
Sara Crewe is born in India around 1900. Her father, Captain Crewe, is wealthy and British and loves Sara very much. Her mother is French, but dies when Sara is a baby. Sara goes to Miss Minchin’s school for young ladies in London when she is eight years old. Her father goes back to India and invests in diamond mines with one of his friends, Mr. Carrisford.
Sara is a kind girl who can tell amazing stories that the other girls love to listen to. Miss Minchin pretends to like Sara but is actually very jealous of her. When Sara is eleven, her father dies of jungle fever after the diamond mines appear to have failed. Sara is now penniless. Miss Minchin takes all of Sara’s possessions except her doll, Emily, and makes Sara live in the cold attic and work as a servant along with Becky, the scullery-maid.
Some of the students go to Sara for help with their schooling and to hear her stories. Sara works hard and tries to keep a good attitude, but Miss Minchin is cruel. Sara is watching a sunset one day and meets Ram Dass, an Indian servant of her new neighbor, who has a monkey who climbs to Sara’s roof. Ram Dass works for Mr. Carrisford, but Sara does not know that. The diamond mines are now making lots of money and Mr. Carrisford wants to adopt Sara and share all the wealth with her.
While doing errands in the snow, Sara finds some money. She is starving but sees a beggar girl who is even hungrier. Sara likes to pretend she is a princess so that she can behave like one. Sara buys bread and gives the beggar most of it. The baker sees her do this.
Sara deals with her hard life by “supposing.” One night before she sleeps, she “supposes” that her small attic room is covered with beautiful silks, there is a fire to keep her warm, and she has plenty of food. When she awakens, it is true. Ram Dass has told Mr. Carrisford about the poor, kind girl next door and they have decided to do nice things for her while continuing to look for Sara.
Mr. Carrisford searches for Sara for a year. One night, the monkey comes again to Sara’s attic and she returns him to her neighbor’s house. Mr. Carrisford discovers she is the girl he has been searching for and tells her that she is now rich and can come to live with him. Miss Minchin is angry and terrified that she will get in trouble for treating Sara so badly. Becky comes to live with Sara.
Sara asks to return to the bakery where she met the beggar girl. She wants to give the baker money to feed hungry children. She finds that the baker was so impressed with what Sara did that she has hired the beggar girl, Anne, to work.
“My mamma says that way of hers of pretending things is silly. She says she will grow up eccentric”Lavinia
“I suppose she thinks she could be a princess if she was a beggar. Let us begin to call her 'Your Royal Highness'.”Lavinia
“It's true. Sometimes I do pretend I'm a princess. I pretend I am a princess, so that I can try and behave like one.”Sara
“There is nothing so nice as supposing. It's almost like being a fairy. If you suppose anything hard enough it seems as if it were real.”Sara
“It's all very well to suppose things if you have everything. Could you suppose and pretend if you were a beggar and lived in a garret?”Lavinia
2. A French Lesson
6. The Diamond Mines
7. The Diamond Mines Again
8. In the Attic
10. The Indian Gentleman
11. Ram Dass
12. The Other Side of the Wall
13. One of the Populace
14. What Melchisedec Heard and Saw
15. The Magic
16. The Visitor
17. It is the Child!
18. I Tried Not to Be
Followed by Wishing for Tomorrow.
A beautiful story that could easily be enjoyed by all ages, though it is intended for a young audience. Children younger than the suggest reading level might need to have the book read to them according to their individual reading levels.
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