A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This research paper will examine and explain how imaginative play via storytelling, doll play or other similar objects provide children an avenue to act out coping skills. By examining this thought, I will help to explain that “Children who live in supportive environments and develop a range of coping strategies become more resilient (DeBord: 2004).” This research paper will answer the question with a focus on resilience and coping: “Do children who play pretend have higher coping skills than children who do not play pretend?” The main character, Sara, in the story A Little Princess starts out in a supportive environment while living in India with her father, Captain Crewe. Sara’s
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Another instance is when Sara accepts a coin given to her by Guy Clarence, but she realizes that doing so means she must “put her pride in her pocket” (95).

Resilience and Coping

“Research has expanded to focus on "educationally" or "academically" resilient children— those who succeed in school despite the stresses of poverty and inadequate childrearing conditions” (Kitano: 2005). Debord (2004) extensively discusses this concept of resiliency.5 Despite the stresses of poverty and inadequate living conditions, Sara demonstrated her ability to generate positive coping strategies thus preserving her dignity. Burnett provides the reader an understanding of resiliency when Sara says, “Whatever comes cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside” (108). What attributed to Sara’s observed resilience was her ability to find hope in thinking through her situations out of her imaginary discussions with Emily and her “suppose” critical thinking strategies.

Relatively, a modern-day Sara would be considered as an at-risk youth. According to Kitano, a resilience approach would similarly serve especially well the needs of beggar children such as Anne or the house servant Becky of whom experienced hardship. "At risk" would include gifted children such as Sara and youth living in poverty or in circumstances of abuse and neglect like Becky or Anne. Doyle (2001)
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