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|A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, she begins exploring the estate and discovers a garden that has been locked and neglected. Aided by one of the servants' boys, she begins restoring the garden, and eventually discovers some other secrets of the manor.|
An enchanting story of transformation and compassion, Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden" is widely considered to be one of the most important works of children's literature. After her parents die of cholera, Mary Lennox, a difficult and sickly little girl, is brought from India to her mysterious uncle's sprawling estate on the Yorkshire moors. Mary continues in her self-absorbed ways until one day she discovers a hidden and neglected garden adjoining her uncle's mansion. When she meets Ben Weatherstaff, a curt but gentle gardener, and discovers her hidden-away invalid cousin, Colin Craven, the three come together to tend the garden, and Mary's life-- as well as the lives of those around her-- begins to change in unforeseen ways. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the first American edition published in 1911.
Few children's classics can match the charm and originality of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, the unforgettable story of sullen, sulky Mary Lennox, "the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen." When a cholera epidemic leaves her as an orphan, Mary is sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, at Misselthwaite Manor. Unloved and unloving, Mary wanders the desolate moors until one day she chances upon the door of a secret garden. What follows is one of the most beautiful tales of transformation in children's literature, as Mary her sickly and tyrannical cousin Colin and a peasant boy named Dickson secretly strive to make the garden bloom once more. A unique blend of realism and magic, The Secret Garden remains a moving expression of every child's need to nurture and be nurtured--a story that has captured for all time the rare and enchanted world of childhood.
For use in schools and libraries only. A Tor Classic.
Grade 3 Up Burnett's classic story of a disagreeable and self-centered little girl and her equally disagreeable invalid cousin is as real and wise and enthralling now as it was when it was first written over 75 years ago. The strength of her characterizations pulls readers into the story, and the depth inherent in the seemingly simple plot continues to make this sometimes forgotten story as vital to the maturation of young readers as Tom Sawyer and Little Women. Hague's illustrations enhance the story beautifully, capturing as they do, both the old-fashioned and timeless quality of the tale. The charm, clarity, and muted tones of Hague's paintings add dimension to each part of the tale. A reissue of an old classic to be treasured by a new generation of children (and their parents)! Constance A. Mellon, Department of Library & Information Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.
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.
When Mary Lennox's parents die from cholera in India, the spoiled orphan is transplanted to her uncle's 600-year-old gloomy and secretive estate in England. She is certain that she is destined for misery at Misselthwaite Manor. When Mary meets the old groundskeeper, he is the first to tell her what he thinks of her, "We was wove out of th' same cloth. We're neither of us good lookin' an' we're both of us as sour as we look. We've got the same nasty tempers, both of us, I'll warrant."
When orphaned Mary Lennox arrives at Missellthwaite Manor, she slowly discovers the truth about her invalid cousin, Colin, and helps him rebuild his strength and spirit. Full of mystery and romance, this title has never been out of print and has become one of the key classics of children's literature. First published in 1911.
|Author||Frances Hodgson Burnett|
|Number Of Pages||288 pages|
|Edition Description||Movie Tie-In|
|Publisher||Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated|
|Afterword by||Faith McNulty|
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This book by Frances Hodgston Burnett should teach us all something about children, grownups and gardening. I was facinated watching the changes that took place in the children when they found something interesting to do rather than sulk away their time. The changes in the seasons were a joy to behold and the growing season would make some dirt lovers eager to pick up a shovel or spade. The adults even made some changes in their personalities with the flow of events taking place in the 600 year old home on the edge of the moor with the hundred rooms where there were mysterious cries in the night and the wuthering winds that seemed to never cease. But it was the locked garden behind the high stone wall and the events that took place there in the midst of flowers, trees, birds and animals that the greatest joys of childhood took place. An interesting read of three children: Mary, Dickon and Colin who came to know one another one spring in the remnants of an old neglected garden.
Patricia in TN
I bought this book a few weeks ago and have loved reading about The Secret Garden. I have the movie, but I wanted the book. I know that reading the book will be better and more exciting. Frances Hodgson Burnett describes every detail of Mary's life. The movie is alot different than the book, I just wanted to see how different. It is also, a great book to read to kids. It is a child's story and my children have loved hearing about Mary's Secret Garden.
This version of the The Secret Garden is the best contemporary one available. Because I use this classic book in teaching my college education students, I have become a collector of sorts of the different versions of The Secret Garden. The story of awakening to the beauty of friendship as the garden awakens is the same original classic text, however, what makes this particular version special are the sensitive Michael Hague illustrations.
I first bought this version because I have fallen in love with Michael Hague's illustrations and wanted to see what he had done with a book I so cherish. As an artist and college instructor, I value the innocent, timeless way Hague interprets the story. Unless you are totally hooked on the original 1911 drawings for their particular beauty, this is the copy to buy.
Terrific story, I couldn't put it down. I've read it several times, it doesn't get old. Don't we all need a Secret Garden where we can escape the burdens of daily living?
I started reading the story when I was substitute teaching in a classroom, but within moments I was hooked. I'm studying to be a teacher, and I knew I'd want this book in my classroom. When I finished reading it, I was sad it was over, but so thankful for the wonderful story. As a side note, my seven year old niece picked it up and started reading it and she said "her hair wasn't yellow!"; apparently the actress in the movie version didn't match the description :)