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A Little Princess Paperback – January 16, 2014
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Ages 5-7. Not just abridged but retold, this colorfully illustrated, large-format book has a text that's longer than most picture books but considerably shorter than Burnett's beloved novel. McClintock's sensitive illustrations, apparently ink drawings with watercolor washes, will certainly appeal to readers and book buyers of all ages. The period settings and costumes have a charm all their own, and the detailed pictures clearly portray Sara's transformation from privileged child to pauper and back again. Some scenes and dialogue here did not appear in the original book, but they serve to move the plot along more swiftly. The story loses a great deal of subtlety in theme and character development (as well as plot and setting) in its adaptation to picture-book format. Those who love the original will advise children to wait until they're old enough to read it. But children or parents who want a picture-book version will find this a very pretty one. Carolyn Phelan
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''What little girl would not be delighted to discover that a beloved adult believes she shares Sara Crewe's wonderful imagination, wit, and courage when she receives a tape of A Little Princess?'' --Book Links
''(Narrator) Johanna Ward has a slight British accent, which is easy to listen to. She gives a smooth, thoughtful reading and interprets the characters with ease. This is a delightful audio production of Burnett's classic.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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With the first sights and smells of spring, Mary finally has the chance to discover the secret garden, as well as to make her first friends – a curious red robin, a grumpy old gardener, and one of the most fascinating characters in young people’s literature, Dickon Sowerby. With his gang of “tamed” wild animals following his every move, Dickon helps Mary to bring to light some of the hidden beauty of the nearly forgotten secret garden. Together, they encourage Mary’s often ill and depressed cousin, Colin, to see that there are countless wonderful and exciting things to live for if he is truly willing to experience them.
Overall, The Secret Garden is a very light, easy to read book, great for readers, age 8-11. Although it is definitely not an “action-packed” book, it succeeds where many books fail – its incredibly deep, realistic characters. Mary, Dickon, Colin, and their animal friends nearly jump off the page.
If you are looking for a captivating book to read, I highly recommend The Secret Garden, especially if you need something to cheer you up on a rainy day.
The Secret Garden definitely has an air of magic about it. Dickon is a local boy, Martha's sister, and he basically communicates with the animals; he has a wild moor pony that he's tamed, as well as a fox cub that he rescued, two squirrels, and a crow. I think for every child, there's a fascination with animals and particularly being able to communicate with them. I would so love to have a crow, fox, or squirrel. And of course, the garden itself is cloaked in mystery; a secret place where the children can play together.
Dickon might just be my favorite character. He's really gentle and kind, and really, who wouldn't want to have a way with animals like he does? He and Martha are two of the people who change Mary from a spoiled brat into a lovely child. I like Martha and Mary too.
The writing in The Secret Garden is matter-of-fact and easy to read. It is certainly not overwritten, and is really cheering at times (much like Little Women.) I'm definitely glad that I chose to reread it, and probably will again. I really love this one.
All of my reviews can be read at my blog, novareviews.blogspot.com.