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The Secret Garden [Illustrated] [Kindle Edition]

Frances Hodgson Burnett
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (923 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Timeless Children’s Classic

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is one of the great classics of children’s literature, although now much more admired than when it was first published in 1910 as it is now. One of the central themes of the novel, that good health comes from healthy food, physical exercise, and a positive attitude towards life, is increasingly obvious to many of us, and has now, or is being, being confirmed by medical research. ‘Organic’ foods, ‘free-range’ chickens, and growing concern for our physical and community environments are becoming common wisdom now, and many diseases – as seemingly unrelated as childhood myopia and rickets (both associated with lack of time spent in the open air and sun) – have been found to be more closely-related to how gracefully we live than to "germs." What we do is sometimes as important as what happens to us, and ‘being brave’ in the face of adversity sometimes turns out to be a life-saver, just as it does in the book.

This edition includes the original four color plates and a color reproduction of the 1911 hardcover edition and is fully-linked to make navigation easy. Select any chapter title to link to the table of contents, which is functional, unlike many inexpensive e-books one sees. Although today’s Kindle doesn’t display color, many Kindle apps on other devices do, and who knows what the future holds for the Kindle itself?


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Amazon.com Review

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)

From Publishers Weekly

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.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 2066 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140366660
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057XJMJK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,897 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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194 of 204 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Classic October 12, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
For those of you who haven't read this, you should.

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.
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144 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books April 16, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this a couple times when I was a young teenager and now I just read it again 10 years later. It is still one of my favorite books. I love the theme that children need activities and hobbies and exercise to stay healthy, physically and mentally. I wish I had my own secret garden inside a stone wall :)
I think this is a wonderful book for any young child to read. The characters are good and the story is so beautiful.
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just received this glorious book. I have many renditions of the Secret Garden. This luxuriously, lovely book is filled with superb illustration that really captures the mood and era of the story, which is the early 1900's. There are so MANY illustrations, Inga Moore has created a painting for nearly every page! A really lovely addition to a collection or to share with your children. If you enjoy the artwork in this book, buy "The Wind in the Willows" also illustrated by Inga Moore .Simply wonderful!
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.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And delight reigneth! November 22, 2000
Format:Hardcover
Ages 9 and up the cover informs which at age 50 allows me in on one of the most beautiful reading experiences of a lifetime. It is romantic in the best sense of the word: one thinks of Blake's "to see a world in a grain of sand," or in this case in a secret garden. For this is a romance of two odd, solitary children who fall in love--not with each other--but with the world. To grow from isolation to friendship, from solitude to joy, from loathing of self to delight in nature, the themes are standard but deeply felt and movingly evoked in simple but lovely prose. The world is beautiful, once wrote Thomas Merton, to remind us we were originally meant for paradise. The Secret Garden is another such reminder. "I'm going to live forever and ever and ever," Colin famously exults and in this great book for children and adults he does and he does and he does.
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94 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who value fine childrens literature April 19, 2001
Format:Hardcover
Who won't like this book? Well... I know that some parents these days feel it is a boring book which requires to much of an attention span. But children need and benefit from classics like this which require thought and which have a profound and telling message. It is a must read book for any family who values the classics and who feels that children need a balance of computer, sports and quality reading material.
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.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely buy this! February 15, 2010
By Acorn
Format:Kindle Edition
I hadn't read The Secret Garden since I was a kid. I'm so glad I found it on Kindle and read it again as an adult! What a wonderful story! And as a free Kindle book, it's hard to pass up!

I gave it 4/5 stars only because the formatting didn't quite come out perfect (a few squares with question marks in it appeared). Still, it's easy to read despite the few errors.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Illustrated Edition of a Timeless Classic December 2, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Since this book is a popular classic, I'm going to start off assuming that you are already familiar with the story, and you are simply looking for the right edition to buy as a gift for someone else. If that's the case, then I highly recommend this illustrated edition.

This edition is a hardcover book with thick, quality pages. It includes a thin, built-in, light green satin ribbon bookmark that was a surprisingly big hit with my 8-year-old daughter. The color illustrations are soft, with muted colors, but they do bring all the characters to life. Each chapter begins with a simple, lovely drawing of a flower. There is an illustration every 1-2 pages or so. Every now and then you do get a two-page spread of just text, but that is more than made up for by the occasional two-page spread of illustration. Illustrations range from small drawings of single objects (perhaps a bird) to one-quarter page illustrations of scenes to full one- or two-page layouts. This book is truly a delight to read.

In case you aren't familiar with the actual story, I'll say a bit about that, too. Basically, the story is about a 10-year-old girl named Mary Lennox who is orphaned and sent to live with her estranged uncle. This uncle owns a huge estate which hides a few secrets, including a garden. From the beginning, the circumstances and character of Mary Lennox made for very compelling reading. I was quickly drawn in and wanted to know what happens to her. New characters are introduced well into the first half of the book, and each character is even more interesting than the last. As Mary gets used to her new home and new surroundings, she learns much about herself, about the people around her, and about the joy of fostering growth in a living thing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading it
Had never read this story, knew of it, but it was my first read on my Kindle.
Enjoyed reading it.
Published 2 days ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book! I love how the author writes all the things describing Mr. Craven and then says that they are describing him.
Published 2 days ago by Lizzie jenulis
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Frances Burnett
I purchased this book for my granddaughter. She is a fan of Frances Burnett and wanted this book. She loved the story and was particularly taken by the cover illustration. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Marc O'Polo
5.0 out of 5 stars It evoked both sadness and joy as I interacted with the characters
I had heard about this book most of my life, especially through my kids, but had never read it myself. Each chapter kept me wanting to read the next. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Shirley Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Francis Hodgson Burnett is a great author....Sweet book
Published 3 days ago by Paula Sellers
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. It is an oldie but goodie.
Everyone I told what I was reading said, Oh, that's a good one!"
Published 4 days ago by K. Sweet
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Was very slow to get into
Published 4 days ago by Angela M. Mccarty
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Sweet, well written. The imagery was painted well.
Published 4 days ago by rebecca adams
4.0 out of 5 stars The "magic" works if you'll let it.
Fun to read. Inspired me to slow down and let "God's magic" work in me. Loved the Yorkshire dialog.
Published 6 days ago by Christine E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book. Easy read.
Published 7 days ago by Linda Herschberger
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