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The Secret Garden (Book and Charm) (original 1911; edition 1998)

by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Tasha Tudor (Illustrator)

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Title:The Secret Garden (Book and Charm)
Authors:Frances Hodgson Burnett
Other authors:Tasha Tudor (Illustrator)
Info:HarperFestival (1998), Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:children's fiction, chidren's classic, children's literature

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)

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This was a re-read for me, and a very satisfying one. Mary Lennox has been orphaned and uprooted from India where it was hot and dry to Yorkshire, England on the moors where it is rainy, wet, and very strange. She is taken in my her Uncle, Lord Craven, who has a gigantic old mansion on the edge of the moors with gardens all around and 12 land servants on the surrounding farms. Lord Craven leaves the day after the child arrives, and Mary is left to her own devices, with only the support of a young parlor maid who gives her hints of how to fill her hours every day. So begins a lovely book about a spoiled, lonely girl who must learn to be a friend and entertain herself. I'm sorry there is no sequel to this book because I would like to know how Colin and Mary fair with a governess and/or teacher and as they are sent away to school (or not). ( )
  whymaggiemay | Jul 21, 2017 |
The illustrations in this 100th anniversary edition are lovely.

I don't know why I didn't read this as a child. It's a feel-good book, and I liked it, even if they was a slight hint of moralizing in the end. ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
Finally read this book! I loved the movie as a child, and the whole time reading this I just wanted to watch it again.
I really love this story. ( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
This charming children’s classic, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is worth reading as an adult, even if you read it first as a child. The story vividly and accurately portrays the emotional journey that many third-culture-kids experience, as they confront the reverse-culture-shock of repatriation.

Mary Lennox is a nine-year-old, British military brat, born and raised in British Colonial India. The story begins in the midst of a cholera epidemic, which kills both of her parents. When a pair of British officers discover Mary all alone in her parents’ empty bungalow, she is quickly sent “home” to England, to live with an uncle she has never met. Although the “spoilt and sour” demeanor Mary exhibits at the start of the book is certainly in part the result of attachment issues caused by neglectful parents, it is also very clear that many of the things that trouble her about her new home are simply the result of culture shock. And, as is typical for TCKs “returning home” to their passport countries, her ignorance of local customs is perceived as willful insolence, and any mention she makes of “how things were done” in India, is perceived as boastful arrogance.

It is only when she begins applying her TCK skills of “foreign” language acquisition (learning to speak the Yorkshire dialect spoken by the local people), studying the details of her new environment (learning to understand an appreciate the strange natural beauty and wildlife of the moor), and working on collaborative projects with local residents (reviving a neglected, secret garden), that she overcomes her grief, and begins to thrive in her passport culture.

And the secret to her success? The “magic” of choosing to change her attitude toward the foreign land she now calls home. ( )
  LarisaAnanda | Jun 15, 2017 |
A sweet story of sadness brought to joy with belief in each other and celebrating the life around us every day. Rich descriptions make the reader feel as if they themselves are in a secret garden. ( )
  AngelaKastrava | Jun 10, 2017 |
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The book tells the story of Mary Lennox, a spoiled child raised in India but sent to live in her uncle’s manor in Yorkshire after her parents' death. She is left to herself by her uncle, Mr. Craven, who travels often to escape the memory of his deceased wife. The only person who has time for Mary is her chambermaid, Martha. It is Martha who tells Mary about Mrs. Craven's walled garden, which has been closed and locked since her death. Mary becomes intrigued by the prospect of the forgotten garden, and her quest to find out the garden's secrets leads her to discover other secrets hidden in the manor. These discoveries combined with the unlikely friendships she makes along the way help Mary come out of her shell and find new fascination with the world around her.

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This is one of my all time favorites. I always wanted to find a secret garden of my own.

Extension Ideas
1.Have the children come up with ideas of what they would have in their very own secret garden.
2.Have them draw pictures or use props in the classroom to create a mini garden.
 
i've never read anything by Kang before, and after reading Human Acts, I need more works by her. This novel was brilliant and so timely considering the importance of freedom and protest against tyranny in today's current political climate.

This novel is also unique for what might be unusual for some--the main character isn't actually alive. Instead of the main character or an omniscient narrator relaying events, Kang's novel explores and reflects on this boy's life through the perspectives of other people after he dies. We see through each chapter (which presents a different perspective of Dong-ho) just how much he affects everyone around him and his nation through his death. In essence, he becomes the voice of his countrymen and an emblem against injustice.

The prose with which Kang writes is immensely affecting as she closely examines the barbarity and magnitude of the government massacre of the South Korean people. The novel is somber in tone is, but is quite profound and important in its message. Imagery is vivid, emotional, and raw. Perhaps what I love most about this book is the honesty in its criticism and its depth of exploration of the human spirit.

I love this book and highly recommend it
 

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Burnett, Frances Hodgsonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bailey, JosephineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dahl, SophieIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hague, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hömke, FriedelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, FinolaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, ShirleyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ingpen, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karhulahti, SariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Konigsburg, E. L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lawrie, RobinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maroney, VanessaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Masterman, DodieIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCaddon, WandaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, KathyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robinson, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rust, GrahamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
South, AnnaAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tudor, TashaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Unwin, Nora S.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Veegens-Latorf, E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, JohannaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.
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And the roses—the roses! Rising out of the grass, tangled round the sundial, wreathing the tree trunks, and hanging from their branches, climbing up the walls and spreading over them with long garlands falling in cascades—they came alive day by day, hour by hour. Fair, fresh leaves and buds— and buds—tiny at first, but swelling and working Magic until they burst and uncurled into cups of scent delicately spilling themselves over their brims and filling the garden air.
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Mistress Mary is quite contrary until she helps her garden grow. Along the way, she manages to cure her sickly cousin Colin, who is every bit as imperious as she. These two are sullen little peas in a pod, closed up in a gloomy old manor on the Yorkshire moors of England, until a locked-up garden captures their imaginations and puts the blush of a wild rose in their cheeks; "It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of roses which were so thick, that they matted together.... 'No wonder it is still,' Mary whispered. 'I am the first person who has spoken here for ten years.'" As new life sprouts from the earth, Mary and Colin's sour natures begin to sweeten. For anyone who has ever felt afraid to live and love, The Secret Garden's portrayal of reawakening spirits will thrill and rejuvenate. Frances Hodgson Burnett creates characters so strong and distinct, young readers continue to identify with them even 85 years after they were conceived. (Ages 9 to 12)

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A ten-year-old orphan comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

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