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The Secret Garden (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) Paperback – Abridged, August 23, 1994
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I think this is a wonderful book for any young child to read. The characters are good and the story is so beautiful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The illustrations are beautiful - like something out of a fairy tale, nice size book, paper is high-quality, heavier weight. Complete, unabridged text. You can't go wrong with this book. It makes a lovely gift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing beats classic books. I've read this book before and tried to read it again as I did miss the story. All I can say is that it is beautiful.Published 6 days ago by De.Tonj
This is one of my favorite books. I read it for the first time as a child and rediscovered it a few years ago. Read morePublished 6 days ago by JoAnn
This was actually really good! I started reading this book with the notion that I wouldn't really enjoy it and that it would be lumped in with all those other popular classics that... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Janice