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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden (original 1911; edition 1911)

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)

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As Mary, Dickon, and Colin would say: This book is Magic!
A very sweet story with cute and unique characters. I only wish I had read it as a child. ( )
  Kristymk18 | Nov 12, 2015 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked this book because of the point of view it is written in and because of the language. The point of view changed through out the story. The point of view is mostly told from the main character's point of view but sometimes changes to other characters. For example, when Mrs. Medlock picks up Mary, the author explains how Mrs. Medlock sees Mary and how Mary thinks of Mrs. Medlock. I think this keeps the story interesting and helps the reader understand the characters. I also liked this book because of the vocabulary and culture. The setting of the story takes place in India and England. There are some vocabulary that is different from standard English. For example, when the author used the word "marred" she explain that it's a Yorkshire word and means spoiled and pettish. The author takes the time to explain the vocabulary to the reader. I liked this because it makes the book an easy for young children and it also exposes children to different cultures. The main message of the book is to be truly happy you can not be selfish and spoiled. ( )
  Rosalindd | Nov 11, 2015 |
The Secret Garden is a book about an orphaned girl who comes to live with her uncle at the Misselthwaite Manor. She is a spoiled ungrateful little girl who despises the fact she has to live there. She one day finds an arch which leads to a secret garden that has been shut away for the last decade when her aunt had passed away. It was the aunt’s garden. Mary now finds her self sneaking away each day to spend her whole day in the garden and slowly starts to make the garden come alive again, which begins to change Mary as well. One night she discovers a young boy hidden away in the opposite side of the manor, to come to find out that it’s her cousin. He is very sick and has terrible tantrums that nobody seems to like to be around him. Until she decides one day to take him to the garden because she belives it be magical and can cure him of his issues.
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I love this book and always will. This book is such a great novel and shows you that people can change with just a little bit of faith and belief. This book puts faith back in people and shows them that anything is possible.
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• Ask my class if they like gardens? And if they found a secret garden hidden away , what would they do?
• Ask my class use their imagination and draw what they believe their secret garden would look like if they had one, what would be in them and if it was magical.
  jessica_vickery | Oct 28, 2015 |
I have seen plays of the Secret Garden but never gotten around to reading the actual book. I was excited to finally, finally get around to reading this. It was a sweet and well written book that is engaging and leaves the reader feeling happy and hopeful.

Mary Lennox is a spoiled and sickly child whose family died from sickness in India. Mary is suddenly transported to the cold and grey mansion of Misselthwaite Manor, to live with an Uncle she never sees and never hears anything about. Mary is mostly on her own and decides to hunt down the rumored garden that has been hidden for years. In her adventures, both inside and out, Mary hears the cries of a child and begins to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding Misselthwaite Manor. Along the way Mary gains both her health and a much less sour personality.

This was a well done and engaging historical fiction classic. This book was easy to read with some light humor and many heartfelt scenes. It's one of those classics that really stands the test of time (I know cliche' but true). It was surprisingly easy to read and very engaging.

The whole premise is about the transformation of two sour and sickly children into healthy happy kids; the secret garden that they find and work in is the main cause of their transformation. There are a ton of wonderful and quirky characters in here. There is some mystery as well.

This is a very feel good book. You can’t help but smile as these kids learn the pleasures of making something on their own and learning how to live and have friends. This is one of the books that just makes you smile and feel good.

Overall a very well done historical fiction that leaves the reader feeling happy and hopeful. The book is an easy and engaging read that really stands the test of time. I ended up enjoying it a lot and am glad to have read it. It’s a great book about growing up and friendship that I would recommend everyone read it at least once.
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  krau0098 | Oct 23, 2015 |
38 months - We both really enjoyed this book. This is my kind of book! It took us four sit downs to go cover to cover as O just never wants to stop. Reading is such a comfort to her especially when the story is so well written as this one is. Like all of the novels we've been reading she wants to read this one again, a true sign of a good book. Now I have to decide read it again or watch the movie and move on to the next great story? ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
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[It] will be read with equal pleasure by young people and by those of their elders who love young things, for whom literary craftsmanship is a source of enjoyment and a quiet, beautiful tale attractive.
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Burnett, Frances Hodgsonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hague, MichaelIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bailey, JosephineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dahl, SophieIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hughes, ShirleyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Konigsburg, E. L.Introductionsecondary 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.
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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 006440188X, Paperback)

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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Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

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