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"Mary is a tough feisty character, who manages to turn a whole household, and the lives of those in it, completely upside down... The book is brim full of magic and joy."
--Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT was born in Manchester in 1849. After living in poverty, she emigrated to the US in 1865. She wrote over forty books; the best-known today are The Secret Garden, A Little Princess and Little Lord Fauntleroy. She died in 1924.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Secret Press (December 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161382307X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613823071
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And that's as it should be. Everyone should read this at least once every few years. It's heartwarming, it builds faith, and the message is one we all need. So much of sorrow and consternation is generated from perception. Looking at things with a can-do attitude can really make a HUGE difference in the outcome of a situation. And of course, the story is beautiful.
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This book was a favorite of mine in second grade and became a favorite of our oldest niece when she was a child. In fact, she says that it was a revelation for her as a child. So, I was very happy that we were able to provide it for her children this year. She said that it arrived promptly and was thrilled to find it in the box.
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The secret garden is a wonderfully mysterious book. With Mary's ever changing tempers and an ill boy, plus the almost magical garden that Mary falls upon, there is always adventure and surprise lurking around the corner. I was generally very happy with the quality of the writing, but it was a little slow at some points. I think that plenty of children and adults would enjoy listening to the audio book much more, because it is less slow when you can hear and identify the personality and voice changes, that is, if done by a good reader. I recommend this book for the age group of 3rd through 6th grade. I think that any younger, you'd be very lost, and any older you might be less interested. All in all this was a great book and I give it 4 stars.
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Mary Lennox is a 10 year old girl growing up in colonial India physically spoiled but emotionally starved. When she is suddenly orphaned, she is sent to England to live with her uncle Archibald Craven who, although not unkind, is wrapped up in the grief of a tragedy that hit him years ago - the untimely death of his beloved wife - and in a mental place where he can't even really help himself let alone his niece.

Although her uncle's manor is not an ideal place for childrearing, she does begin to open up to the cheerful young household maid Martha Sowerby and starts to thrive when she discovers a secret garden which has been locked up as it had a connection to her aunt's tragic death and meets Martha's wonderful 12 year old brother Dickon, who seems to have an almost Druidic connection to flora and fauna and becomes a best friend with whom she falls in love, although she's still too young to identify and process those emotions yet.

The garden is not the manor's only secret, however, and soon enough Mary learns of the existence of her cousin Colin, a boy about her own age who's been reduced to such a state of hypochondria that he believes he is going to die and his leg muscles have atrophied from disuse. On the way to mending herself, Mary resolves to also save her cousin and uncle with Dickon and the Secret Garden's help.

There is ample use of metaphors - the most prominent being the state of the garden corresponding to the mental and physical health of Mary and her two relatives and Dickon practically being an embodiment of the healing properties of nature in general and the Yorkshire Moors in particular - that may go over younger readers heads. But it is also very much a wonderful children's story about the power of kindness, friendship, love and nature through the lens of a very specific life-altering period in a young girl's life.

A must read for anyone who liked Louisa May Alcott's Little Women - and vice versa.
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I loved this book! Mary is a girl that has to live with her uncle after a cholera outbreak in India and discovers the mystery of a garden that no one opened in 10 years!
A moor boy named Dickon, teaches Mary about nature! Now Mary wants to go in the garden every day!
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