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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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This is a great book about how difficult life can be, but you can always find the beauty in life. This story can show children how a girl can adjust to a new life even if it may be difficult. It can also show children how beautiful life it. How the outside can help a child and how important it is to be outside. ( )
  haleyr03 | Oct 17, 2016 |
Where you tend a rose, my lad, A thistle cannot grow.

A truly beautiful story about friendship, love, loss, and the power of positive thinking and fresh air. With rich and beautiful characters that are all lovely people even when you consider their flaws, this story is a great read for children, but an even better one for adults. ( )
  bastardreading | Oct 12, 2016 |
This book is about a little girl named Mary. She lived in India with her parents who didn't have time for her, so she was taken care of by her Ayah. She was extremely spoiled and got everything she wanted. Her parents and Ayah died from Cholera. She was then sent to live with her crabby uncle in England. Mary's uncle didn't want anything to do with her so she was left to care for herself. She had a few servants that gave her food, but she had to entertain herself. After a little while she found a secret garden and the key that went to it. She went into the garden and with the help of Dicken, a new friend of hers they were able to restore it. At night while in her room, she started hearing crying and went to find out where it was coming from, she discovered a sickly cousin. She and Dicken became friends with her cousin, Colin, and took him to the garden. Colin and his dad didn't have a relationship because Colin reminded his dad of his dead mother. At the end of the book with the help of Mary, Colin and his dad were "reunited" and everyone became happy again. ( )
  sabrenarose | Oct 9, 2016 |
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, published 1911

This was pure delight to read. From the opening when the narrator calls Mary Lennox “as tyrannical and selfish a little pig as ever lived” to the end, this story and the characters held me enthralled. I expected to find the narrative outdated and overly formal; instead I found a pleasantly lilting narrative voice that readers of any age can enjoy.

My favorite moment was when Mary takes the “sickly” spoiled boy to task. Talk about a battle of wills! I laughed out loud several times. What a lovely book!

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  Laine-Cunningham | Oct 4, 2016 |
love this book. the first time I read this book was in the early 90's. The book I have now is a hallmark gift book. I have read this book several times. It is a very good book. ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 1, 2016 |
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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.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times Book Review (pay site) (Sep 3, 1911)

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Burnett, Frances Hodgsonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tudor, TashaIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Bailey, JosephineNarratorsecondary 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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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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