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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Soothing and mellifluous, native Briton Bailey's voice proves an excellent instrument for polishing up a new edition of Burnett's story. Bratty and spoiled Mary Lennox is orphaned when her parents fall victim to a cholera outbreak in India. As a result, Mary becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she hesitantly tries to carve a new life for herself at imposing and secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary befriends a high-spirited boy named Dickon and investigates a secret garden on the Manor grounds. She also discovers a sickly young cousin, Colin, who has been shut away in a hidden Manor room. Together Mary and Dickon help Colin blossom, and in the process Mary finds her identity and melts the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. Bailey makes fluid transitions between the voices and accents of various characters, from terse Mrs. Medlock and surly groundskeeper Ben to chipper housemaid Martha. And most enjoyably, she gives Mary a believably childlike voice. A brief biography of the author is included in an introduction. Ages 6-12.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My granddaughter in second grade loved having it read to her!
It turns out once you let a man in your secret garden it's no longer a secret or special. Don't be a hoe.Published 1 day ago by Johnathan L Strup
Truly a delightful narration of this classic novel. I was quite uplifted while listening to it - so much so that I could listen to this story over and over again.Published 2 days ago by Christine C. Kerxhalli
The language was sometimes difficult understand but the message was very clear!!
Positive thoughts lead to great outcomes for us humans😊
such an awesome story secrets back story's I recommend this to any old reader because it is a long book in all I loved this whole book.Published 6 days ago by Jack
This was my Mother's favorite book from her childhood. My Mother died April 30, 2015, she was 90 years young. I share her love of books. Read morePublished 7 days ago by julie hermance
I have loved this book from the start. It has proven over and over again that you can keep a classroom of 9 to 12 years of age quiet and listening closely and enchanting adults as... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Maclary
An uplifting, beautiful story about hope and the effect that joy can have on physical health. Live a joyful life and your life will be joyful.Published 7 days ago by Deana