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The Secret Garden Paperback – September 2, 2009
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It's the story of Mary Lennox, who grew up in India, extremely spoiled by the servants, whose only job was to keep her quiet and out of the way of her parents. After her parents die she's sent to live with her uncle in England, a crotchety old man mourning the loss of his wife, who also wants nothing to do with her. Lonely, spoiled Mary explores the manor and the garden, finding all sorts of hidden secrets as well as her own happiness.
A must-read for children and adults. It's the kind of story that just makes you feel warm and comfortable inside.
I think this is a wonderful book for any young child to read. The characters are good and the story is so beautiful.
In case you are unfamiliar with the story, it is the tale of a peevish, spoiled and sullen orphan girl, MARY LENOX, who comes to live in the home of her mysterious and emotionally distant uncle. She meets her sickly cousin, Colin, a young boy, hidden away from the world and convinced he is dying. Hidden behind a huge stone wall is a Secret Garden which is discovered by the girl,Mary; a garden as neglected and in need of care as these two children. As they bring the garden back to life, they bring themselves back to life as well, discovering joy and friendship in an enchanting and wonderful way. It really is a classic.
Set in Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire moors, Mary Lennox who has been orphaned arrives from India at her uncle Mr. Archibald Craven's home where she discovers a cousin Colin who is sickly and spoiled. ALmost as much as she is. In time Mary discovers that her cousin simply needs some encouragement and the once spoiled girl becomes a secret cheer leader of sorts and they set out to get Colin walking. One of the characters I adored so much was the gardener,who knows that the two have discovered the secret garden that Colins mother had adored and tended so well, which has become overgrown and like the two young children, simply needs some tender loving and consistent care. The children are very careful because they get Colin ouside using the wheelchair since they want to use the garden as a tool for also helping Colins physical therapy. In a few months not only is Colin able to walk and get about but the garden is flourishing which as the story continues will become the healing tool for the uncle (Mr. Archibald Craven)who has been heartbroken and aloof since his wifes death. Like the Little Princess this book deals with death, loneliness and deep subjects.
The characters are wonderful, especially Mary, Colin, Ben Weatherstaff and the "Yorkshire angel" Dickon. The changes that happen to both Mary and Colin throughout the book are a delight to observe.
I feel protected and happy once I've finished this book, things turn out happily, for the best and the image I have in my head of the Secret Garden surpasses anything I have ever seen in real life - and that is fine, for this is literature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is beautifully written and enjoyed it as an adult reader. Very much wish I had read it as a child or better yet had it read to me.Published 2 days ago by Arlene Haggen
The Secret Garden is one of my many favorite books from my childhood. To re-read it now as an adult was like visiting an old friend from the past. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sarah
It's been quite a few years since I read this book and I loved it all over again. I wanted to read the book again before I recommend it to my granddaughter and I was not... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Joseph L Sousa
I can hardly ever can get to the end of a book because I get bored with the storyline very easily. This book is different. It caught my attention and got me reading every day. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Stan
We used this for a homeschool co-op class for ages k-5 and the kids absolutely loved the book and the story. I would highly recommend this book. We had a ball with it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book just makes you want to keep reading until you get to the end. Then once you are at the end you want more.Published 3 days ago by Shelly Strusz